Elias Xitavhudzi

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Elias Xitavhudzi
Born Elias Xitavhudzi
Atteridgeville, South Africa
Died (1960-11-14)14 November 1960
Cause of death Hanging
Other names Pangaman
Criminal penalty Death
Victims 16
Country South Africa

Elias Xitavhudzi was a serial killer who murdered 16 men and women in Atteridgeville, South Africa in the 1950s. Xitavhudzi was a black South African and targeted only white males and females in a strictly-segregated community, his killing spree caused a local sensation during the peak years of South Africa's apartheid regime.

Prior to his capture, he acquired the nickname "Pangaman" (panga being a local word for the machete with which he mutilated his victims). Following his conviction, he was sentenced to death and hanged on 14 November 1960.

Xitavhudzi was the second in a series of at least a half-dozen serial killers to have plagued the township of Atteridgeville.[1]

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  1. ^ Newton, Michael (2006). The Encyclopedia of Serial Killers. Infobase. pp. 207, 246. ISBN 9780816069873.