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PODCAST | Pinetown unsolved serial murders: the River Strangler

True Crime South Africa

08 November 2019 - 15:15 By Nicole Engelbrecht

In 1995 a serial killer prowled the streets of Pinetown, KwaZulu-Natal. He would take the lives of two teenage girls and leave two other young women traumatised before seemingly disappearing into thin air. Dubbed the River Strangler for his choice of location for his horrendous crimes, this killer has managed to escape justice for almost 25 years despite the most highly qualified profilers and investigators doggedly working the case.


Two-and-a-half decades after Pinetown was terrorised by these horrific crimes, True Crime South Africa spoke to friends and acquaintances of the victims as well as former police officers who worked in the area at the time. Teenager Kim Bodington and Kate Willy had their lives cut short in the worst imaginable way, but their memories have lived on in the hearts of those who loved and knew them. In this episode, we seek to give them back their voices.

Serial murders are perhaps the most terrifying of crimes, but an unsolved serial murder is absolutely chilling. Serial killers do not stop killing unless they are arrested or killed themselves. Where did the River Strangler go, and is he still walking among us?

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