Known as South Africa's "Axe Killer", Elifasi Msomi, was hanged in Pretoria
in January 1956 after being convicted of hacking to death 15 people. Msomi
blamed his victims' deaths on the "tokoloshe" which, he said, would appear on
his shoulder and order him to kill.
He killed mostly in the Unkomaas and Umzimkuku valleys in Natal. Posing as a doctor, Elifasi charmed his victims into willingly going off with him. At his trial, two leading psychologists told the court that Msomi was of way above average intelligence and derived sexual pleasure from inflicting pain on others.