Infamous International Serial Killers: Sithole & Chikatilo

In South Africa, Moses Sithole is known as one of the most infamous serial killers in history. His reign of terror started, continued and was completed in towns called Atteridgeville, Boksburg and Cleveland , a suburb of Johannesburg. Because of this, his crimes were known as the ‘ABC Murders.’ Luring his victims into isolated fields, he would overpower them, rape, and then kill them.

Moses Sithole

Sithole started to rape women during his 20s. He raped three women until one testified against him, which sent him to prison. During his incarceration, he was sexually assaulted by other prisoners and shortly after his release, he went on a murdering spree that started in 1994. Sithole was captured in August of 1995 and was convicted in 1997. The result left him with a sentence of 2,410 years with the possibility of parole in 930 years. It is believed that he is responsible for 38 or so murders, and about 40 rapes.


It is said that when Sithole was 5 years old, his father died and his mother abandoned the family. He and his siblings were sent to an orphanage, where he claims to have suffered mistreatment. He decided to run away and after he found his mother, he says she sent him back to live at the orphanage.

While in prison, it was reported in 2000 that Sithole had contracted AIDS.

Sithole would actually call some of the family members of his victims and taunt them.

Posing as a businessman, Sithole would use this tactic to gain the trust of his victims. He sometimes claimed to work for a charity organization that he fabricated. He would then lead his victims to the ‘business headquarters’ where he would attack without the fear of being seen or heard.

Andrei Chikatilo

In the Ukraine, Andrei Chikatilo earned nicknames, such as “The Ripper of Rostov”, “The Red Ripper,” “The Rostov Ripper” and the “Butcher of Rostov” because of the type of crimes that he committed. Rostov Oblast was the region is which Chikatilo committed his murders. Sexual inadequacies are what drove this killer to commit his crimes. He was unable to achieve an orgasm through rape, but instead, felt sexual pleasure when he was stabbing or slashing a victim.

Chikatilo killed his victims between the late 1970s and continued until the early 1990s. He was brought into the police station and interrogated by officers in November of 1990. He was found guilty of taking the lives of more than 50 women and children. He was sentenced to death, where he was killed by a gunshot to the head. At the time of death, he was 57 years old.


Chikatilo was apprehended on November 20, 1990.

When Chikatilo was a youth, his mother told him that his older brother (Stepan) had been kidnapped and cannibalized by starving neighbors.

When Chiktilo was young, he slept in a single bed with his parents. However, he was a chronic bed wetter. His mother would reprimand and beat him for each time he wet the bed.