7 February 1982
|Died||16 March 2005
Span of crimes
Mohammed Bijeh (Persian: محمد بيجه) (February 7, 1982 – March 16, 2005) was an Iranian serial killer. He confessed in court to raping and killing 16 young boys between March and September 2004, and was sentenced to 100 lashes followed by execution. All the boys were between 8 and 15 years old. Additionally, he killed two adults.
Muhammad Basjee, known as Bejah, was born into a crowded family. He had six brothers and six half brothers. When he was four years old, his mother died of cancer. His father was a merchant who married immediately after the death of Basij's mother. Basiqa never remembered his mother, but said that his father was a barbaric person. From the very childhood, he was beaten hard and chained with his legs and then beaten with his cane against his body. Even once, his father wanted to kill Basij with a stick.
On March 16, 2005, in Pakdasht, Iran, the town near the desert area where the killings occurred, in front of a crowd of about 5,000, Bijeh's shirt was removed and he was handcuffed to an iron post, where he received his lashings from different judicial officials. He fell to the ground more than once during the punishment but did not cry out. A relative of one of the victims managed to get past security and stab Bijeh. The mother of one of the victims put a blue nylon rope around his neck, and he was hoisted about 10 meters in the air by a crane until he died.
- Iran's 'desert vampire' executed (BBC)
- The New Criminologist
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