Profiler is a weekly discussion between journalist Paul Llewellyn & former Head of Forensic Investigation at the South African Police Service, Gerard Labuschagne, who worked on over 300 serial murder and rape cases in his career. Hear the stories behind the killers who stalk the streets of South Africa.
PROFILER Episode 11 - Violent Fantasy
In this episode we discuss Violent Fantasy illustrated through the murder of Michael van Eck in Welkom in 2011. Michael was lured via a dating app to a secluded area, where he was murdered and dismembered. Later his face was skinned. What drove two people to do this?
PROFILER Episode 10 - The Norwood Serial Killer
Kobus Geldenhuys, the Norwood Serial Killer, committed house robberies, rapes and murders in the early 1990s in Johannesburg. A policeman, he raped 2 victims and murdered 5. Gerard interviewed Kobus from 1996 to 2001, and again in 2011.
PROFILER Episode 9 - The Nocturnal Prowler
In this episode we discuss a current case. A murderer, dubbed the Nocturnal Prowler, is believed to be killing homeless people in Pretoria. We unpack the case, profile the killer, and learn what to expect as the case unfolds.
PROFILER Episode 8 - Fetal Abduction
In this episode we explore Fetal Abduction, otherwise known as Cesarean Kidnapping. These crimes involve the forced removal, by means of a crude caesarean-section, of an unborn child. This may or many not involve the subsequent death of the mother. In recent history, 21 incidents of this crime have taken place around the world. There have been 4 incidents in South Africa, we discuss 3 of them.
PROFILER Episode 7 - Muti Murder
In this episode we discuss the phenomenon of Muti Murder. Muti murder is defined as a murder in which body parts are removed from a live victim for the sole purpose of using the victim's body parts medicinally. These body parts are then often mixed with other ingredients or used alone to make a medicine called muti. Muti is a Zulu (umuthi) word meaning medicine. The victim usually dies as a result of blood loss from the wounds. While muti murders have occurred throughout history in South African culture, little is known about them and little research exists on the phenomenon.
PROFILER Episode 6 - The Hillbrow Birthday Rapist
In this episode we discuss the Hillbrow Birthday Rapist who was convicted on 112 of 122 counts against him which included 39 counts of rape, 11 compelled rapes, 1 sexual assault, 15 kidnappings, 15 assaults, 2 assault GBH and 29 thefts. He was sentenced to 39 life sentences & 212 years
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A professional team on this podcast! Very interesting and well produced. Quite unfortunate that our beautiful country has this high level of serial killers and that mainly its women who are the victims. It will be interesting to learn how it relates to our past and unequal society.
I’ve been waiting so long for SA to start coming out with podcasts like this, really interesting and professional. Thank you!
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I’ve been waiting for a south african true crime podcast that is worth listening to, and your podcast is exactly that. Thank you.