Boetie Boer

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Today’s serial killer is Stewart Wilken aka Boetie Boer.

Stewart was charged with 10 counts of murder, five counts of sodomy and possible acts of cannibalism and necrophilia on the 3rd of February 1997.

He was a hefty fisherman and the prime suspect in a series of sexually motivated killings of at least six prostitutes and four young boys in Port Elizabeth between 1990 and 1997. The killings ended when Stewart was arrested in January 1997 in connection with the death of his daughter and a 12-year-old, Henry Baker.

He admitted to strangling a 26-year-old black woman while sodomising her. He then cut off her nipples and swallowed them. He then apparently murdered a street child, strangling him with a belt, after the child said he would report to the police that Stewart had sodomised him. He also liked to return to the scene of the crimes to have sex with the corpses of his victims. He inserted rolled-up newspaper into the anuses of the boys to prevent maggots from crawling up.

“Boetie Boer,” said he killed his daughter “because she had been raped by her stepfather.” Like many other sexual predators, “Boetie” revealed a life of torment in which he was sexually abused and sodomised as a young boy. He began smoking dagga (marijuana) at the age of 8 and was forced to eat his food out of dog bowls. Stewart asked the court to give him a long prison sentence at a prison with psychiatric facilities “so that I can receive treatment and one day if ever I am allowed free, I can also live life as a normal person”.

Race, age and sex appeared to make no difference to him. He said he hated women who swapped sex for money because they reminded him of his first wife. His youngest victim was an 8-year-old boy and his final victim an elderly woman, who he raped before smothering. Stewart said he “had gone looking for whores” when he drank alcohol and smoked dagga (marijuana) mixed with Mandrax. He told the court he had looked for sex on the streets because his wives refused to have sexual relations with him. (Can’t really blame them for that.)

He was convicted of 7 counts of murder and 2 counts of sodomy on February 20, 1998. Stewart received 7 life sentences and was further advised by Mr Justice Chris Jansen that he would have received the Death Penalty had it still been available to him.


If you’re fascinated by serial killers, you may enjoy my serial killer thriller – Requiem in E Sharp.

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