Christopher Mhlengwa Zikode — Donnybrook Serial Killer
- Born in 1974 in South Africa
- He shot 18 men and woman in their twenties over 2 years and raped and/or committed necrophilia – it’s believed the catalyst for his murders were pages of naked pin-ups form magazines his mother found and brought home
- He was discovered when one of his almost-victims recognised him
- Charged with multiple murders, attempted murders, rapes and indecent assault
- Found guilty and sentenced to a prison term of 140 years
Zikode was the middle child of 7 to poor parents. His mother collected firewood for a living and his father was paralysed. The family had to move a lot because of faction fighting.
His mother found some magazines left behind by soldiers in the forest. She brought them home. Zikode stuck the pictures of naked and semi-naked women posing on a chair on his wall. It’s thought this was the catalyst for his killings as surviving victims later told police Zikode had raped them on a chair.
All Zikode’s victims were in their 20s. He followed the same modus operandi in nearly all his kills. He chose a house, broke in and shot any men before taking the women to nearby plantations where he’d rape them for hours, then kill them. If they resisted he’d kill first and then commit necrophilia. He murdered 18 people but attempted to murder a further 11 over a 2 year period.
He was eventually convicted on 21 charges (8 murders, 5 rapes, 5 attempted murders, 1 indecent assault). He was sentenced to 140 years in prison which included 5 life sentences.