Iran’s Desert Vampire murdered 20 without remorse

About 25 kilometers southeast of Tehran, Iran lies the poverty-stricken city of Pakdasht. Past the slums of the industrial city, and the burning, soot-covered chimneys, out by the barren desert once lay the shallow graves of 17 young boys and three adults who were killed between 2002 and 2004.

The Cul-de-sac killer and his hatred of the elderly

Looking back, there was nothing in his childhood that could have predicted how Stephen Akinmurele would later go on to viciously murder at least five elderly victims. No abuse, no violence, or at least, nothing that we know of, aside from an allegedly strict maternal grandmother.

A tale of many maybes: The bewildered butcher of Yemen

As the relentless heat seared the grounds of Sana’a University in Yemen, the morgue below was frigid. Hidden in the basement, it was empty save for the dead, locked away in their cold steel cabinets. As the world welcomed the new millennium, the morgue was left behind; it was dilapidated, falling apart from inadequate funding […]

Acid, a letter and the murder of 100 children

Arguably the worst pedophile and serial killer in Pakistan’s history, Javed Iqbal raped and murdered 100 children aged between 6 and 16 over a five-month period in 1999 in Lahore. We know this, not because of a police investigation into the missing children, for the police didn’t notice nor care that street children were going […]

Murder in Vain

Little is known of Kanpatimar Shankariya, except that he was born in 1952 in Jaipur, Rajasthan, India. And that between 1978 and 1979, he confessed to killing over 70 men and women by bludgeoning them with a hammer behind the ear, earning him the nickname, Kanpatimar, which literally means “one who strikes under the ear”. […]