Kenyan serial killer targeted 100 victims

NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 9 – A former G4S security guard who has confessed murdering at least 19 people has now revealed that he was targeting to kill 100 people.

Thirty-two year-old Philip Onyancha who has already given police the name of his accomplice says he was recruited into a cult that convinced him he would become one of the wealthiest men in Kenya if he killed and drank the blood of his victims.

“It is an urge you develop once you are initiated, and since I got into this thing, I have always had a passion to kill,” Mr Onyancha who spoke under heavy police guard told Capital News.

“My target was 100 people… once I achieved that I could have been very rich. It is that power of conviction in me, but all that is now gone because I have confessed,” he added.

During police interrogation and interviews with journalists, the suspect said he planned to accomplish his mission in a span of five years and was mainly targeting women and children under 10 because they are weak.

Mr Onyancha who was detained last week said he was grateful to the police for arresting him because it had helped him speak against the “evil spirits” which have been haunting him.

“I feel relieved, I am happy to have confessed all this. It was troubling… it was not my wish to do these evils, I know it is a crime to kill and it is against the 10 commandments of God, but you see I was not myself,” he said amid pauses to catch a glimpse of a surging crowd that wanted to lynch him as he took police around Thika.

Since Sunday, the suspect has been showing police where he dumped bodies of his victims and investigators have been able to recover skeletons, skulls and clothes of the victims.

– Source / Full Story: Kenyan serial killer targeted 100 victims, Bernard Momanyi, Capital FM, Kenyua, June 9, 2010 — Summarized by Religion News Blog

The Head of the Special Crimes Prevention Unit (SCPU) Richard Katola who is leading the investigation said the suspect had confessed to killing 19 people.

“He is cooperating well with us and he has even pledged to show us all the bodies or where he had dumped them. So far, we are making very good progress,” Mr Katola said.

“He has been able to show us at least 10 crime scenes now. Some of the other people he killed were women in lodgings and the bodies were found, but at least he is able to recall very well,” Mr Katola said.

In an interview, the suspect said he was remorseful for the killings and blamed it all on “bad spirits.”

“I was initiated into this cult. I blame it all on my former high school teacher,” he said but claimed that he cannot recall the woman’s name.

– Source / Full Story: Shocking details of 19 Kenya murders, Bernard Momanyi, Capital FM, Kenya, June 9, 2010 — Summarized by Religion News Blog
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