THE hunt for an elusive serial killer, allegedly linked to the brutal rape, torture and murder of at least three women in KwaZulu-Natal sugarcane fields, ended with the arrest of a 36-year-old man in St Francis Bay yesterday.
The women were all bound, gagged, raped and strangled. The partly charred remains of the victims were found in the cane fields near Tongaat, north of Durban.
The women were apparently tortured for their bank card PIN numbers before their accounts were emptied.
Bank cards and other items belonging to some of the victims were allegedly found in the suspect’s possession.
The man, who cannot be named until he appears in court, has been linked to three of at least five murders.
It is believed he befriended the women on social media website Facebook and communicated with them on the site just hours before they disappeared.
Police have been searching for the man for three months. They are now investigating possible links to the notorious “Riverman Killer” who prowled the Durban North suburb of Greenwood Park between 1999 and 2003.
Twenty-six women were killed over the four-year period and the killer was never found. Only one victim was ever identified.
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