PODCAST | Killing Marlene: a mother’s fight for the truth

24 January 2020 - 10:34 By Nicole Engelbrecht
Fourteen years after her daughter was murdered, a mother is still seeking the truth about her death.
Fourteen years after her daughter was murdered, a mother is still seeking the truth about her death.
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On February 10 2006, 22-year-old Marlene Mauer left home for her first day at her new job. Instead, she walked straight into the clutches of a desperate and deeply disturbed man.  

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Hours later, her lifeless body was found shoved in the boot of her car and abandoned in a parking lot. All her personal possessions, and her car radio, were missing, which could have given police the impression her death was the result of a robbery gone wrong. The truth, though, was far more sinister.

Danie van der Walt, 30, would be arrested and convicted for Marlene’s vicious murder, but her mother’s pain would not end there.

Fourteen years later, Marlene’s mother is still on a mission to find the truth, and all she wants is half an hour with her daughter’s murderer.

In episode 19 of the podcast, True Crime South Africa delves into the truth behind Marlene’s murder and asks whether her mother will ever get the answers she so desperately wants.

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Community Intervention Centre (24-hour trauma helpline: 082 821 3447).

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