Africa has had its fair share of serial killers, although many were not documented due to lack of forensic and modern means of investigating that will have uncovered patterns that are usually attributed to serial killing.
However there are some heinous murders that were documented and with the advancement of technology and development in the continent, new discoveries are being made to solve murders that were closed or thought to be isolated before. Below are ten of the most dangerous serial killers in the African continent who were caught and convicted.
Hadj Mohammed Mesfewi
A Morocco public letter writer and cobbler turned serial killer, drugged and murdered his victims and then robbed them of their belongings. He was assisted by a 70-year-old woman known as Rahali.
Mesfewi murdered over 36 women, 26 were buried under his shop and remaining ten also buried in another property which he owned. He was sentenced to be crucified in 1906 but the foreigners and diplomats at the time appealed for a different method of death. He was later buried alive in June 1906 and finally gave up the ghost two days later.
Raya and Sakina
The murderous sisters of Egypt were the first women to be publicly executed for joint killings of minimum 17 women.
These sisters formed a team of five which included their male partners and an accomplice involved in drug, prostitution, and murder. Investigations started in 1920 when a burial room full of female remains was discovered rented in the name of Raya and Sakina.
With the purpose of robbery, it was easy for the team of five to hold down their female victims at different body parts and wait till they are suffocated to death to take the loot.
Another Atteridgeville murderer, a South African known as “The Pangaman” as a result of his ruthless use of the machete to torture kill and dismember the white victims he targeted. He is believed to be a psychotic social activist killer because of the race of his victims. In November 1960 he was hanged for killing a total of 16 Caucasian male and female.
A South African popular known as the ABC Killer relating the first alphabets of the town he perpetrated the killing spree: Atteridgeville, Boksburg, and Cleveland. Sithole skillfully enticed his victims into vacant fields using false pretenses, raped and killed them. He was captured in 1995 and convicted in 1997 of raping 40 victims and killing 38 murders.
He was sentenced to 2, 410 years and eligible for parole after 930 years which will never happen, because he should most likely be long dead. Most recent report in theyear 2000 on Sithole is that he has been infected with the HIV virus while in prison.
Maoupa Cedric Maake
Maake was a serial rapist and killer from South Africa, popularly known as the Wemmer Pan Hammer Killer. He terrorized the Wemmer Pan area by attacking and killing men and women with a hammer, raping and clubbing them to death.
He did not have any specific age group that he targeted, some he killed in their shops, on the road or in cars. He used any weapon that suited him, rocks, guns or hammer. His unique signature, however, was that he stole the victim’s shoes.
He was charged with a total of 1,340 years in prison for the 134 crimes he committed between 1996 and 1997.