Hello my Freaky Darlings,
To celebrate the release of my rather dark serial killer thriller, Requiem in E Sharp, I’m going to blog about a different South African serial killer every week over the next couple months. I hope you find them as interesting as I do.
This week I’ll be telling you all about Norman Afzal Simons, The Station Strangler.
Norman was a 5th grade teacher in Mitchels Plain (that’s in Cape Town), who listened to classical music, and spoke seven languages, including French. All his victims were young boys between the ages of nine and thirteen. He was called The Station Strangler because he lured his victims from train stations. He sodomised and then strangled them. The boys were found face down, hands tied behind their backs, in shallow sandy graves. Their underwear was sometimes found around their necks, probably used as a garrotte.
Norman started killing young boys in 1986 and was arrested in 1994. He killed 22 young boys over an eight year period. He claimed that he’d been sodomised by his older stepbrother from when he was 8 until he was 14 (the same ages of his victims). His brother was murdered in 1991. Norman apparently also suffered from identity issues and depression.
Norman’s trial lasted for 3 months and he was sentenced to life in prison. He is serving his sentence at the Drakenstein Maximum Correctional Facility in Paarl.
In his confession Norman wrote: “I am nothing. I am dirty. I am filthy and not worthy. I am sorry for letting you down. Don’t get caught in the same thing. I really regret everything. It’s hard, it is very hard to be possessed by unknown forces. These forces cannot be explained by medication.”