Con­fessed se­rial mur­derer set to hang in Bangladesh

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A Bangladeshi court has sen­tenced a con­fessed se­rial killer to hang for the mur­der of a fe­male gar­ment worker who was tor­tured be­fore be­ing thrown in a river, a pros­e­cu­tor said Thurs­day.

A judge sen­tenced Rasu Khan to death for the mur­der of the 19-year-old in 2008, but he has con­fessed to killing in a sim­i­lar man­ner 10 other women, mostly gar­ment work­ers.

Khan, who is be­ing tried separately for all of the mur­ders, showed lit­tle emo­tion when the sen­tence was handed down on Wed­nes­day when the judge re­port­edly de­scribed him as a “pro­fes­sional se­rial killer and a pervert.”

“He lured Shahida (the vic­tim) to a vil­lage in (the south­ern town of) Chand­pur by promis­ing her mar­riage,” pros­e­cu­tor Mo­jibur Rah­man said.

“They had sex at a haystack and then he tied her legs and hands be­fore drown­ing her in a river,” Rah­man told AFP.

Po­lice stum­bled on the mur­ders dur­ing the ar­rest and ques­tion­ing of the 50-year-old for steal­ing a loud­speaker from a mosque in 2009 when he al­luded to the hor­rific crimes.

He later con­fessed to a mag­is­trate that he had killed at least 11 women, all but one of them gar­ment fac­tory work­ers.

“There are chill­ing similarities in all his killings. The vic­tims’ bod­ies had marks of hu­man bites, their breasts and gen­i­talia were hit with sharp ob­jects and most of them were drowned,” said Rah­man.

Khan has never ex­plained why he tar­geted gar­ment work­ers, but he has told the court that he hated women and was seek­ing re­venge af­ter be­ing spurned when he was younger, Rah­man said.

“He told the court that he would quit mur­der­ing girls af­ter the tally hit 101 women and then he would live as an as­cetic in a Sufi shrine,” Shaidul Is­lam, an­other pros­e­cu­tor, said.

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