Since that Netflix has become all about serial killers and shows about serial killers, it got me thinking: Are there any that originated from Egypt? Drug Warlords such as Pablo Escobar and Joaquín Archivaldo Guzmán Loera commonly known as “El Chapo” or that other series like Mindhunter, that talks about all US-based serial killers that made waves, such as Ted Bundy, Charles Manson, or Jack the Ripper.
Some of us actually don’t believe that they exist in Egypt, perhaps maybe due to the poor media coverage that they get, but since I got this into my head and I can’t get it out; here’s a list of the most infamous Ted Bundys of Egypt:
P.S: this is not for the faint-hearted
A serial killer that was an inspiration to many writers and filmmakers in Egypt, Mohamed Mansour, aka El Khot, is the most infamous serial killer in Upper Egypt as he allegedly killed more than 60 people. He was born in Dronka in Assiut and began his “Killing Career” after he had to murder someone to avenge for his uncle or what’s called in Upper Egypt: taking his “tar”
The police tried to catch him so he escaped and took to the mountains for shelter, where he made a gang by gathering the outlaws. He and his gang would terrorize people, steal, and kill whoever got in their way. Police were unable to catch him even though almost all of his criminal acts were in daylight, which gave people a million reasons to fear him. To the authorities, on the other hand, he was like a scapegoat and was considered the perpetrator of many unsolved crimes. On the 6th of August, El Khot was shot dead by the police (THANK GOD!)
The inspiration for ‘El Gezira’ movie, Ezzat Hanafy started a “Guns and Drugs Empire” in Upper Egypt specifically in Assiut and, at a time, was the biggest drug supplier in Egypt. It’s still unknown how many Hanafy personally killed, it is known that through his business, he had a hand in the murders of at least 104 people.
And just like the movie, Hanafy secluded himself on an island, away from the police and away from the world. Much like a fortress; gas tanks were installed on palm trees and barbed wires in the water. Police had to use 50 armored cars, 60 boats, and over 3000 soldiers to topple down the empire Hanafy had built. Do you think he was inspired by Pablo Escobar’s La Catedral?
Ramadan Abdel Rehim Mansour (aka Al Tourbini)
Known as “Al-Tourbini” (Express Train) or “The Butcher of Gharbia”, Ramadan Abdel Rehim Mansour was a gang leader and a serial killer who raped and murdered more than 30 children in several locations in Egypt including Cairo, Alexandria, Qalyoubeya and Beni Sueif. all of his victims were 10 to 14 years old, most of them were boys and some of his victims were reportedly buried alive or thrown into the Nile river. According to officials, he and his gang members would lure their victim -who were mostly street children- onto the carriage roofs of trains where they would rape and torture them and throw them onto the track sides.
When Mansour was a boy, he was a victim himself, as he worked with a thug named “al-Tourbini” who used to take his money while verbally and sexually abusing him. He raped Mansour and took him to the roof of the train and threw him from the top, causing his right eye to be crossed as well as damaging him psychologically in a way that turned him into the serial killer and rapist we all know now. Mansour seeks revenge by repeating what was done to him to other kids.
Stockholm Syndrome alert: Mansour adopted his attacker’s name.
Mansour was arrested in 2006, after which he claimed he had been “possessed by a female jinn who commanded him to commit the crimes”. Eventually, Mansour was convicted and sentenced to death by the criminal court in Tanta in 2007 and then was executed in 2010. Again with the similarities; David Richard Berkowitz, also known as the Son of Sam, claimed that he committed the murders because a dog told him to do it … word?!
Oddly enough, after Mansour’s arrest his nickname was commercialized to the point that owners of supermarkets and communication centers renamed their businesses “Al-Tourbini,” restaurants launched an “Al-Tourbini Sandwich,” and tuk-tuk drivers named their vehicles after the notorious serial killer.
Raya and Sakina
We couldn’t make serial killers list without mentioning their names. Raya and Sakina were two sisters who, with the help of their husbands and two other men, began to kill women in their homes in Labban neighborhood, ironically enough, near a police station in Alexandria in the early 1900s. The typical Egyptian woman at the time did not deposit her money in banks but invested in gold jewelry, which they wore on their neck, arms, and ankles. These women were the sisters’ prey as they targeted women who wore gold jewelry or carried a large amount of money. The sisters would lure the victim to their rented house and make her drunk, then one of the men would stuff a wet cloth in her mouth and the other would then suffocate her. The men then removed the jewelry from the corpse and the sisters took the loot to a goldsmith to sell it.
The mystery of, women disappearance, was then solved by chance, as the gang buried the bodies in the rented houses of Raya and Sakina, the landlord of one the houses they used to rent was digging to install water pipes and then he found what he then realized was human bones. Then, the police went to Sakina’s new place and to Raya’s house which had a strong incense smell to cover up the smell of the corpses. The investigation lasted a few months and, in the end, it was Raya’s 10-year-old daughter, Badia, who incriminated them all. the court sentenced them all to death by hanging. On December 21, 1921, Raya and Sakina became the first Egyptian women to be executed by the modern state of Egypt.
Badia, Raya’s daughter, was placed in a hostel during the trial, and three years later she died in a fire that broke out there. Some said that a relative of one of the victims set the hostel on fire to avenge the mother’s deeds.
A strong upper Egyptian woman! By day, Gilan uses her voice and platform to educate, advocate, and enhance the voices of minorities, and by night, she paints her face with bright colors and glitter!