Fruitloops: Serial Killers of Color

E98: Elifasi Msomi

October 29, 2020

This week, Wendy & Beth discuss Elifasi Msomi, who between 1953 and 1955, hacked 15 people to death in the valleys of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. He said he was driven by an evil being known as the tokoloshe.

We share some listeners letters (4:37), dive into some stats (12:15), followed by a deep dive into the setting of South Africa (13:20).  Then we get into Msomi’s early life and the lore of the tokoloshe (31:00), the timeline (40:50), and the investigation & arrest (43:42).  We talk about "Where are they now?"(47:31), our Take Aways and what we think made Msomi snap (48:58).  

As usual we close out the show with some tips on how not to get murdered (53:45) and we wrap up with some shout outs (57:27).  

Thanks for listening! This is a weekly podcast and new episodes drop every Thursday, so until next time... look alive y’all, it's crazy out there!

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Articles/Websites

Good, Meaghan. (02/10/2017). 1956: Elifasi Msomi, witch doctor. Executed Today. Retrieved 10/13/2020 from https://www.executedtoday.com/2017/02/10/1956-elifasi-msomi-witch-doctor/

Murderpedia. (n.d.). Elifasi Msomi. Retrieved 10/13/2020 from https://murderpedia.org/male.M/m/msomi-elifasi.htm

Killer Cloud. (n.d.). Elifasi Msomi. Retrieved 10/13/2020 from https://killer.cloud/serial-killers/show/68/elifasi-msomi

The Basics. (10/24/2013). South Africa’s Ten most prolific Serial Killers. Retrieved 10/17/2020 from https://getthebasics.wordpress.com/2013/10/24/south-africas-ten-most-prolific-serial-killers/

dbpedia. (n.d.). Elefasi Msomi. Retrieved 10/17/2020 from http://dbpedia.org/page/Elifasi_Msomi

Darklight News. (09/24/2020). Opinion: Man Claims to be possessed by Tokoloshe, Murder's 15 with an ax. Opera News. Retrieved 10/18/2020 from https://za.opera.news/za/en/crime/119dbbd816a8510a5640d950f10f76a6

Ajam, Kashiefa. (10/02/2018). Serial killers come from all walks of life. Saturday Star. Retrieved 10/18/2020 from https://www.iol.co.za/saturday-star/serial-killers-come-from-all-walks-of-life-17318557

The Spokesman-Review. (07/12/1955). Fairy Blamed for 15 Deaths. Retrieved 10/18/2020 from https://www.newspapers.com/image/568628355/?terms=elifasi%2Bmsomi

The Gazette. (02/11/1956). Chiefs Make Sure Slayer Not Saved by Evil Spirit. Retrieved 10/18/2020 from https://www.newspapers.com/image/421224850/?terms=elifasi%2Bmsomi

Chicago Tribune Service. (07/12/1955). The Corpus Christi Caller-Times. African Axe Slayer Claims He Was Bewitched by Fairy. Retrieved 10/18/2020 from https://www.newspapers.com/image/21990254/?terms=elifasi%2Bmsomi

Tshabalala, Vusile. (12/21/2020). How many blacks died under Apartheid. Volkstaadt.net. Retrieved 10/19/2020 from http://www.volkstaat.net/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=746:how-many-blacks-died-under-apartheid-rsa&catid=89:apartheid-eng&Itemid=147

Books

Steiger, B. (2010). Elifasi Msomi, Seized by the Tokoloshe. In Real vampires, night stalkers and creatures from the darkside (p. 94). Detroit, MI: Visible Ink Press.

Podcasts

Bryant, Charles W. “Chuck”; Clark, Josh (Hosts). (3/19/13). How Stuff Works. How Apartheid Worked [Audio podcast]. Retrieved10/15/2020 from https://www.stitcher.com/s?eid=22316022&refid=asa

Video

JayKhalo Dot TV.  (7/18/2020). South African Tokoloshe/Axe Killer: Elifasi Msomi|Nail Care Day & Bevs| Johnny Jay Khalo [Video File]. Retrieved 10/18/2020 from https://youtu.be/vtGT51cHAKk

History

Wikipedia contributors. (10/15/2020). Truth and Reconciliation Commission (South Africa). Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved10/16/2020 from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Truth_and_Reconciliation_Commission_(South_Africa)&oldid=983681233

Wikipedia contributors. (10/11/2020). KwaZulu-Natal. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 10/16/2020 from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=KwaZulu-Natal&oldid=983029040

Wikipedia contributors. (10/15/2020). Bantu Education Act, 1953. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 10/17/2020 from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Bantu_Education_Act,_1953&oldid=983622038

Wikipedia contributors. (09/22/2020). Tikoloshe. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 10/17/2020, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Tikoloshe&oldid=979728834

Wikipedia contributors. (5/9/2020). 1946 African Mine Workers' Union strike. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 10/18/2020 from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=1946_African_Mine_Workers%27_Union_strike&oldid=955797882

Wikipedia contributors. (9/29/2020). South Africa Act 1909. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 10/18/2020 from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=South_Africa_Act_1909&oldid=980980111

Wikipedia contributors. (10/07/2020). Natives Land Act, 1913. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 10/18/2020 from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Natives_Land_Act,_1913&oldid=982310797

Wikipedia contributors. (10/18/2020). Population Registration Act, 1950. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 10/18/2020 from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Population_Registration_Act,_1950&oldid=984155070

Wikipedia contributors. (09/28/2020). Bantustan. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 10/18/2020 from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Bantustan&oldid=980761358

Evans, Marissa. (02/22/2009). Sharpeville Massacre. Black Past.  Retrieved 10/18/2020 from https://www.blackpast.org/global-african-history/sharpeville-massacre/#:~:text=The%20Sharpeville%20Massacre%2C%20which%20occurred,came%20to%20symbolize%20that%20struggle.

Martin, Denise. (n.d.). Sangoma. Britannica. Retrieved 10/18/2020 from https://www.britannica.com/science/sangoma

South African History Online. (n.d.). The June 16 Soweto Youth Uprising. Retrieved 10/19/2020 from https://www.sahistory.org.za/article/june-16-soweto-youth-uprising

Brown, Molly. (09/2008). Why Are South Africans Afraid of Tokoloshis?. The Lion and the Unicorn. Retrieved 10/18/2020 from https://www.researchgate.net/publication/236820221_Why_Are_South_Africans_Afraid_of_Tokoloshes

Paranormal Stories. (07/20/2007). Tokoloshe. Retrieved 10/18/2020 from http://paranormalstories.blogspot.com/2007/07/tokoloshe.html

The Editors of Encyclopaedia Britannica. (12/12/2007). Natal. Encyclopaedia Britannica.  Retrieved 10/18/2020 from https://www.britannica.com/place/Natal-historical-province-South-Africa

Phantoms and Monsters. (09/08/2010). Legendary Humanoids: Tikoloshe, African Vampire. Retrieved 10/19/2020 from https://www.phantomsandmonsters.com/2010/09/legendary-humanoids-tikoloshe-africas.html

Msomi, S'thembiso. (08/03/2018). No one in feared gang was a Msomi, leaving me to always explain. Sowetan Live. Retrieved 10/19/2020 from https://www.sowetanlive.co.za/opinion/columnists/2018-08-03-no-one-in-feared-gang-was-a-msomi-leaving-me-to-always-explain/

How Not to Get Murdered

How to Spot a con artist
https://www.nasaa.org/2700/how-to-spot-a-con-artist/

Shout Outs

13 Days of Halloween (Podcast)
https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/how-stuff-works/13-days-of-halloween 

Vampires vs. the Bronx
https://www.netflix.com/title/80998174 

Unsolved Mysteries Season 2
https://www.netflix.com/title/81026055

The Haunting of Bly Manor
https://www.netflix.com/title/81237854

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