The case of the Lusaka Strangler was one event that reportedly shook Zambia and its police department for a long while until it was finally resolved. We have indeed had different cases of serial killers attacking in different parts of the world, but the case of the Lusaka Strangler must and should be told for the whole world to hear.
We all know Zambia to be an African country. Yes, despite being a beautiful and peaceful country, at some point in 1980, Zambia was a place of terror, mostly for women. Women and girls were said to have lived in fear during that time, fear of the Lusaka Strangler whose victims were always women.
Who Was The Lusaka Strangler?
The Lusaka Strangler was a man whose name was Corporal Milton Mufungulwa Sipalo who had a thing for ending the lives of young women in Zambia. Having a pattern or time frame on how he killed his victims, Mufungulwa was said to have killed a lady every week for 9 months and then kept them in visible and discoverable locations for the police to find.
He was also in the habit of sometimes living notes or letters on the body of his victims or sometimes identification cards of the victims on their bodies for the police to find.
During his terror days in Zambia before he was caught and arrested by the police, the police were able to recover over 29 dead bodies of people he had killed, all women, at least that was what they thought at first, and 2 victims who were still recovering from the attack.
Thanks to the Swift and early rescue of the police, they could see this day. After he was arrested and detained by the police, Mufungulwa confessed to having killed over 31 women and the police were able to find only 29 and never found the remaining corpse of the other victim.
How He Did What He Did
After seeing so many bodies of the women who were victims of the Lusaka Strangler, the police had to go into a deep and thorough investigation as to how he was successfully doing this and getting away with it without leaving a trace or trail of his footsteps.
After much investigation, it was gathered that Mufungulwa would approach his victims first, probably at a bar or on their way home or anywhere at all. He would then offer to buy his victims drinks just to make them feel comfortable and at ease with him.
He would then take them to a hidden location, seduce them, r*pe them and strangle them to death. Haven killed them, he would then drag their bodies to a bush where he would leave them for the police to see.
In some cases, the police would find their body beside a hotel or school, sometimes on a river floor with a note left on the corpse by the police. He was also in the habit of also leading the police to the body with a trail he had laid with bottles. So say he was making fun or mocking the police indirectly.
How He Was Caught And How He Died
The police, despite all their efforts to capture the Lusaka Strangler, were still unsuccessful. He had a good and clean way of covering his tracks. He went on with his killing until he met his loop when the police used a woman, Mrs. Mutakasha, who was a lucky victim of his, to set a trap which he fell into. With this, they were able to arrest and detain him and wait for trial.
After thorough torture by the police, they were able to gather more information about his actions that they never knew about.
The police were meant to transfer him to a different station where he was to face judgment. As they were trying to do that, he broke free from the policemen and ran to the rooftop where he threatened to jump down and kill himself.
After the policemen pleaded with him for a while not to, he went ahead and jumped down, instantly ending his life and also ending the period of the Lusaka Strangler, which lasted from January 1980 till September 1980.
Even though he escaped justice and ended his own life, a lot of people would see his suicide as justice served as well.
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