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Catching a Killer

South African Cops: Hmm, Maybe Eight Extremely Similar Gay Murders Do Make A Pattern After All

As Queerty has reported here and here and here and here, a gay serial killer has clearly been on the loose in the Johannesburg, South Africa area over the last two years. Finally, local cops agree.

After eight unsolved and very similar murders, police in Jo’burg’s Gauteng province have at long last organized a task force to find the killer, who has targeted gay men in their homes after meeting them over the internet and mobile phone apps.

The official task team was announced last week, on the same day that local gay rights group OUT announced its own campaign to pressure authorities into action.

With the murders now under at least semi-collective investigation, forensic data from one case can be compared with that of other cases.

For months, police refused to acknowledge any connection between the killings, despite repeated outcries from the gay community that there were obviously strong links among at least several of the murders.

Eight victims, including local HIV activist Jason Wassenaar, have fallen during the string of slayings, which began in April 2010. Another man, Thebe Mogamisi, has been missing since New Year’s Eve.

Photo by austinevan

By:           Dan Allen
On:           Mar 12, 2012
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  • 2 Comments
    • Aric
      Aric

      Seriously, how many Grindr killers do there need to be?

      God forbid you get to know someone well enough to notice anything particular (Like if they are a serial killer) before getting ready to have sex with them.

      Never that.

      Mar 12, 2012 at 11:59 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • andreusz
      andreusz

      “forensic data from one case can be compared with that of other cases.”

      South African police do not know how to take fingerprints. I know this from having to deal with them when my car was stolen.

      Mar 13, 2012 at 2:37 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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