Ahmad Suradji

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Ahmad Suradji
Born (1949-01-10)10 January 1949
Medan, Indonesia
Died 10 July 2008(2008-07-10)
Cause of death Executed by firing squad
Other names Dukun AS
Nasib Kelewang
Datuk Maringgi
Criminal penalty Death
Conviction(s) Murder
Victims 42
Span of killings
Country Indonesia
Date apprehended
2 May 1997

Ahmad Suradji (10 January 1949 – 10 July 2008) was a serial killer in Indonesia. Suradji, a cattle-breeder, was also known as Nasib Kelewang, or by his alias Datuk. He admitted to killing 42 girls and women over 11 years. His victims ranged in age from 11 to 30, and were strangled with a cable after being buried up to their waists in the ground as part of a ritual.

Suradji was arrested on 2 May 1997, after bodies were discovered near his home on the outskirts of Medan, the capital of North Sumatra. He buried his victims in a sugarcane plantation near his home, with heads of the victims facing his house, which he believed would give him extra power.

He told police that he had a dream in 1988 in which his father's ghost told him to kill 70 women and drink their saliva, so that he could become a mystic healer. As a sorcerer, or dukun, women came to him for spiritual advice or on making themselves more beautiful or richer. His three wives—all sisters—were also arrested for assisting in the murders and helping to hide the bodies. One of his wives, Tumini, was tried as his accomplice. The trial began on 11 December 1997, with a 363-page charge against him, and although Suradji maintained his innocence, he was found guilty on 27 April 1998, by a three-judge panel in Lubuk Pakam. He was sentenced to death by firing squad and executed on 10 July 2008.[1][2]


  1. ^ "Indonesian Sorcerer Executed". Sky News. 2008-07-11. Retrieved 2008-07-11. 
  2. ^ "Indonesian executed for killing 42 females". CNN. 2008-07-11. Archived from the original on 2008-07-14. Retrieved 2008-07-11. 

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