Crimes That Shook the World

The Phoenix Strangler

Series 1 - Episode 6 The Phoenix Strangler



The case of Phoenix Strangler Sipho Thwala, who was sentenced to 506 years in jail in March 1999 when he was convicted of the murder of 16 women in Durban, South Africa. The police search was initially hampered as the bodies had been burned, but with the help of psychological profiler Micki Pistorius and DNA samples that matched those from a past attempted rape, Thwala was eventually brought to justice.