3 people were brutally murdered in Knysna during a one-month period of Autumn, 2005. They became known as The Knysna Murders…
Heinrich van Rooyen, a young DJ, was convicted for the murders of Jessica Wheeler (18) and Victoria Stadler (20).
Aubrey Kemoetie and Byron Moses were convicted of killing Peter McHelm (48).
More than eleven years later, the crimes remain the tourist town’s most infamous because the guilt of Van Rooyen is still disputed and whispered rumours of bad cops continue to be whispered.
ALAN D. ELSDON INVESTIGATING
Last Wednesday, January 25, I met Alan D. Elsdon, the author of The Tall Assassin. He has been investigating the Knysna cases for three years. He’d just returned from Cape Town where he’d delivered new evidence to the top brass of the SAPS. Elsdon is convinced that an injustice occurred and that there was much more to this story than the cops told the public.
The accompanying photo (bottom of this page) shows how he sketched the chain of events for me. In fact, there were two crammed, A4 pages of names and events held together by many arrows, questions and suspected answers. Two hours later, before he could finish, he had to leave to catch a ride back to his home in East London.
It was an enthralling discussion but let’s not mistake it as an episode of that old television series, ‘Murder She Wrote’. Rape. Murder. This darkness and fear exist in our home town of Knysna. Rape. Murder. We cannot be entertained. We cannot lightly have opinions because it could have been you or me that day… or tomorrow. RAPE. MURDER. Those words must remain heavy.
WILL PROVINCIAL COPS INVESTIGATE THE KNYSNA SAPS?
Elsdon believes there are corrupt cops we should be afraid of. He knows that better than most, having once been a cop himself. He assured me that all the evidence is backed up in safe hands. He wasn’t ready to satisfy all my questions with that physical evidence because he believes that there are good cops too. He’s hoping that they’ll finally act, seeking justice for the injustices of 2005. He’s giving them his hope before he goes to South Africa’s media.
I won’t be waiting for things to happen. The conversation was convincingly worrying. Today’s blog is a prelude. Later this month, i’ll post a full article of all that’s gone before. I will remind those that need reminding. I will try to educate those new to the topic.
HELP GAIN ATTENTION
Don’t treat this and future news as we would superficial Facebook posts. This isn’t a photo of a sunset or a pretty bird. This is MURDER. Two young women and a man were erased from our lives. I encourage you to treat this with repeated thought and the severity that caring demands.
Keeping in mind that the sum of these murders is greater than its parts, view an aspect at ‘Poll: Is Van Rooyen Innocent or Guilty?’.
If anyone has photos and the lives of the victims to share, please help me make them real to the reader. This is as much, if not more, about the murdered victims than Van Rooyen.
Please share this post and keep the discussion going.
Later this month, look out for my article, ‘The Murders That Never Died’.