Police Hunt Serial Killer
PAKISTANI police have found
the decomposed bodies of two
children in a house where a man
claimed he had killed 100 others.
"We have recovered two bodies
and a search is on," Malik
Mohammad Iqbal, deputy inspector
general of Lahore police said.
The two bodies were found partly
dissolved in chemicals and stuffed
into a container drum in the house.
Deputy inspector Iqbal said he
feared more bodies would be recovered.
Police received an anonymous letter yesterday from a man who said
he had been kidnapping and killing
beggar children for several months.
He said he had dissolved their
bodies in chemicals.
"I have killed 100 beggar children
and put their bodies in a container."
the letter said.
The man identified the house,
which was in Lahore's congested
Police found the building locked
and broke in to discover rooms littered with shoes,
socks and children's clothes.
"We are still investigating and confirming the contents of the letter,"
deputy inspector Iqbal said.
Police were hunting for the man,
whom they believe might live
nearby. Investigators later identified
him as Javed Iqbal, who lived in the
house identified in the letter.
His close relatives have been taken
into custody for questioning.
He pasted a separate note on the
wall of the three-room rented house,
claiming his action was in reaction
to police atrocities.
It said police beat him mercilessly
and he suffered serious injuries to
the head and jaw while under detention for unspecified charges.
"I was forced to sell everything, my
house, business and car," he wrote.
He said his mother lived a miserable life before she died.
"I pledged I will make 100 mothers
weep and sob the way my mother
cried and screamed in pain," the
He said he was satisfied he had
achieved his objective.
Police said the letter gave the
names of 30 victims. The other 70 he
said he did not remember.
One room in the house was empty
and the other had a bed while the
third room contained four sacks.
One sack was full of shoes and the
three others had children's clothes.
They also recovered empty liquor
bottles, gas masks and jars of nitric
acid. They said he had mentioned in
his letter that he dissolved the
bodies in acid.
Adelaide Advertiser (4-12-1999)