Murder and Mayhem: South African True Crime

Murder and Mayhem: South African True Crime

The Murder & Mayhem: South African True Crime podcast explores real life crimes occurring within South Africa from a psychological viewpoint. Every week a new case is examined and we delve head-first into the motives that drive people to do what they do. Join me on a journey into the minds behind the madness.

Episodes

November 14, 2022 50 min

Welcome to the Episode 28 of Murder & Mayhem: South African True Crime.

About the episode:

A young girl is reported missing- snatched just metres away from the entrance of her school. A city is frantically searching for her, sharing her image on all media platforms. 

 

That very same afternoon in another part of the city- a woman is making a cup of tea. She sits down on her couch, switches on the tv just as a familiar face fla...

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Welcome to the Episode 27 of Murder & Mayhem: South African True Crime.

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This case at first glance reads more like a strange movie plot. An axe wielding assailant striking at the dead of night. A narrative detailing a father’s revenge for a monstrous crime committed against his daughter.

And at the trial when this man is eventually caught- a plea of insanity; of diminished criminal capacity.

And at the helm o...

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Welcome to the Episode 26 of Murder & Mayhem: South African True Crime.

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Described as one of the most vile serial killers in South African history, this man committed the most heinous and disturbing acts over a period of years. He went undetected and it was only by sheer coincidence that he would eventually be discovered.

With no remorse; no inhibitions; and no regrets- his victims suffered cruel and harsh de...

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Welcome to the Episode 25 of Murder & Mayhem: South African True Crime.

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If you’ve grown up believing that the boogie man looks a certain way; acts a certain way and is only found in certain places- you may be in for a nasty surprise when you discover the truth. Those with the deepest depths of darkness don’t often look different to you or me. Those who commit the most atrocious acts often are the least suspe...

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Welcome to the Episode 24 of Murder & Mayhem: South African True Crime.

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What happens when a serial killer cannot be classified? What happens when a perpetrator seems to have no single Modus Operandi or victim profile? How do you even attempt to piece together a puzzle to catch the face behind the trail of destruction when you don’t have all the pieces?

Today, I will be discussing one such killer- a man who u...

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Welcome to the Episode 23 of Murder & Mayhem: South African True Crime.

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In a beautiful Marina side neighbourhood boasting views of the mountain range, access to a sparkling expanse of water and just minutes away from the ocean- Marina Da Gama exists. This neighbourhood boasts many beautiful homes with stunning views and a wonderful atmosphere. 

Families who can afford it, have chosen to make this area their ...

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Welcome to the Episode 22 of Murder & Mayhem: South African True Crime.

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A case so shocking that a country, in the midst of pandemonium and a lockdown, could not ignore. A young woman- 8 months pregnant, lured to her death by the man she thought she could trust; the father of her unborn baby.

With big dreams and a life full of plans ahead of her, her light was extinguished. She became another victim of a ramp...

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Welcome to the Episode 21 of Murder & Mayhem: South African True Crime.

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A morning that began with such joy- winning prize money in a competition- turned into pure horror as two innocent souls lost their lives at the hands of someone they knew.

Someone who was trusted by their family. For almost 3 years, the court case was postponed- time and time again and it seemed that justice would never be served.

Althou...

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Welcome to the Episode 20 of Murder & Mayhem: South African True Crime.

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Adopted by a couple who only hoped to share love and affection with him, one young man grew up and into adulthood to repay his family in the most disturbing manner. 

Aided by a friend, he committed a heinous attack on his unsuspecting parents and left a country in shock when the news of the crime hit the media. And as the months went on,...

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Welcome to the Episode 19 of Murder & Mayhem: South African True Crime.

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A day that was supposed to be full of joy and celebrations quickly turned deadly as hundreds of children were exposed to a chemical weapon. In the chaos that ensued- 13 lives were lost.

And the reason for the attack in the first place? Money. A rival club suffering financially decided that drastic measures would need to be taken in order...

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Welcome to the Episode 18 of Murder & Mayhem: South African True Crime.

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Within a beautiful city- a hub of activity and a top tourism attraction- a dark underbelly exists.

And in April of 2006- two innocent men leaving a dinner party found themselves in the wrong place at the wrong time. With so much talent and such bright futures- these men lost their lives in a brutal and inconceivable manner.

The culprit...

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Welcome to the Episode 17 of Murder & Mayhem: South African True Crime.

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In a country where gender rights have been legislated and same-sex marriage has been legal since 2006- making it the first African country to do so- here in South Africa we claim to have a constitutiion that protects against discrimination based on sexual orientation. But the hate crime statistics and cases paint a different picture....

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Welcome to the Episode 16 of Murder & Mayhem: South African True Crime.

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From humble beginnings to competing and dancing in shows across the globe; one individual’s journey inspired and brought hope to so many others.

Aiming to bring light and safety to the plight of so many in a community often stigmatised, abused and isolated- one individual did all they could to share a narrative of equality, respect and l...

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Welcome to the Episode 15 of Murder & Mayhem: South African True Crime.

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In a world where at times those of a bygone generation may be forgotten, one man saw a window of opportunity to wreak havoc on one of the most vulnerable populations- the elderly. 

Whereas to society- a grandmother is someone full of warmth, kindness and love- to this man, they were just soft, easy targets. 

His oldest victim- an elderly...

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Welcome to the Episode 14 of Murder & Mayhem: South African True Crime.

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In a rural farming community on a 5 acre farm, unbeknownst to many of the public, the idyllic surroundings hid a dark and disturbing secret. 

In 2011, a boy only 15 years old was dropped at a wildlife ranger training camp. Little did he know that 10 weeks later, he would be fighting for his life in hospital- eventually losing his battle ...

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Welcome to the Episode 13 of Murder & Mayhem: South African True Crime.

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Every day in South Africa, 3 women lose their lives at the hands of their partners.   This is the story of a woman who would live to tell her tale that would shock a nation. The abuse she suffered was at the hands of the man she loved; the man she trusted.  The police of Port Elizabeth would later say that hers was one of the most horrif...

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Welcome to the Episode 12 of Murder & Mayhem: South African True Crime.

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The Eastern Cape is arguably one of the most beautiful provinces in South Africa. Amongst the rolling plains, rivers, valleys and farms there lies a small, rural village- Toleni which between the years of 2008 and 2013 became known as the Village of Death. Women and children attacked in their homes at night, defenseless.   9 years on, t...

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Welcome to the Episode 11 of Murder & Mayhem: South African True Crime.

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Whilst other girls were taking Snapchat selfies whilst watching the latest episode of the Winx club, an 11 year old girl was fighting for her life from a man she knew; a man who lived just a few doors down from her home. The last words she would utter, God knows. 

This is Stacha Arendse's Story.

 

For images, sources and real footag...

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Welcome to the Episode 10 of Murder & Mayhem: South African True Crime.

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This case is every parent’s nightmare. Imagine that your child goes out with friends- only to either never return or in the case of today’s victim- to return on the brink of death. Today’s victim is not so much a victim in my eyes but a heroine as she ended up saving another life and in doing so gave her best friend a  second chance at ...

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Welcome to the Episode 9 of Murder & Mayhem: South African True Crime.

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In a small valley just past Hermanus known for fine wines and fruit, horse rides and gorgeous dams- the veiled societal issues of poverty, illiteracy and alcohol abuse amongst those who worked the farms remained just out of sight and mind. That was until a spate of burglaries and assaults exposed the dark underside of reality with reside...

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