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03.11.2006 General News

Police to air video on serial killing of women?

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Police to air video on serial killing of women?
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Soon, Ghanaians will have the opportunity of watching live on television the person or persons who orchestrated the serial killing of the 31 women who were mysteriously and dastardly murdered in cold blood in one of the country's saddest periods.

The Director General of the Criminal Investigations Department of the Ghana Police Service, David Asante Apeatu, revealed this last Wednesday in Accra that the 45 to 50 minutes documentary will be shown on national television to bring to rest the over five years of mystery surrounding the death of those innocent women.

These revelations follow earlier publications demanding whether the arrest and detention of Ebo Quansah had ended the Police investigations into the serial killers of the 31 women.

The documentary, according to the CID boss, will be on the screen before the end of this month and it will feature very important personalities including homicide experts, psychologists who matter in crime detection, prevention and control. Foreign crime experts will also feature to explain why, how and when such crimes were committed.

He said the documentary is expected to delve into the life of Ebo Quansah, where the police learnt that he has a track record of rape cases and had once attempted killing a woman at Kwakoso, a village in the Ashanti region. He was said to have been arrested earlier and remanded in police custody in Kumasi but fortunately or unfortunately Ebo was released from custody because he was practicing occultism in the cells.

Mr Apeatu explained that, that was the reason why between 1993 and 1994 there were no such killings but soon after his release serial killing of women started.

The Director General of CID, who is also a member of the International Homicide Association described the strategy used by the serial killer as “sexually motivated killing” where the killer will only do so for purposes of having sexual intercourse with their victims, (describing the period as cooling off) and later kill them after which they come back to normal life. That he said has been the case for all serial killers of women and children.

The detection of such crime according to him was very difficult especially if investigations were conducted using the traditional homicide method of conducting such investigations. He said, there are more of such serial killings even in advanced countries where the killers have still not been found.

He said that Ebo Quansah was very modest during investigations and cooperated with the Police and admitted killing eight women, four each in Accra and Kumasi but the places the incidents occurred most were areas he masterminded them with the same scheme.

The Director General recalled that President Kufuor on assumption of office assured the whole nation that he would invite foreign investigators to help unravel the mystery. True to his word, the Federal Bureau of Investigation of the United States of America were invited and within six days they were able to complete their investigations. And just about the same day they were to present their report to the President, the May 9 stadium disaster occurred and because they did not want Ghanaians to think they wanted to use the report to score political points, it was not made public.

He called on the general public to keep faith in the police as everything was under control. “Let us all be patient because it was the first time we had experienced that, and that us why a lot of people were still asking to know what had become of the serial killers,” he said.

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