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Iran Child Murderer Given Death Penalty
His accomplice, Ali Baghi, was sentenced to 15 years in prison and 100 lashes for kidnapping.
Mohamed, known as the "hyena" or the "Vampire of the Desert", sexually abused his victims and then killed them, by poison,strangling or simple shock. Then, he buried their bodies in the desert south of Tehran and left a dead animal on the grave to hide the smell of corpses.
Most victims were children of Afghan immigrants, who lacked residence permits and, therefore, were reluctant to denounce the disappearance of their children.
Revenge against society
Bodies buried in a desert
Bijeh Mohamed, 30, said that killed the children to take revenge on society For his part, Ali Baghi, 24, is a heroin addict, he said, suffered sexual abuse as a child by his father and other men.
Mohamed acknowledged that his accomplice would not help and he had to threaten him to get any cooperation.
The period of time they were killing children varies according to different media, from seven months to two years.
Some relatives are not happy with the research and believe that behind the "Hyena" and his sidekick, lies a network of organ trafficking. It seems that Mohamed was jailed earlier and managed to win release, as bail was set too high for a worker at a brick factory in Iran.
Dressed his victims in a Chador
The crimes of the Spider
With twenty deaths, the "Hyena of the Desert" has become the biggest mass murderer of Iran. The criminal record was broken by Saeed Hanaei, the "Spider", who was sentenced to death in 2001 for murdering 16 women in Mashhad.
Their crimes are not at all alike. The "Spider" killing women "sinners" (prostitutes and drug addicts) because, he said, did not deserve to live. An excuse that he became a national hero for many fundamentalists. His victims were between 25 and 50. He strangled with the scarf on his head and then then dressed the corpse a chador (the black dress that covers from head to toe).
The "Spider" and his family were very proud of his crimes. Hanaei smiled at the media and happily recounted in the trial particular crusade against corruption and vice. He was hanged in April 2002. The authorities try to stop fans visiting the grave.
Javed Iqbal killed a hundred children
Muslim mass murderers
The "Hyena" and "Spider" are the only known serial murderers in Iran and may be a reflection of Westernization so feared by Muslims.
There are very few cases of Muslim mass murderers in modern history. However, although it is an activity clearly dominated by the white-Anglo-Saxon Protestants, the second in the world ranking of serial murderers is occupied by a Pakistan with 100 victims.
Javed Iqbal was determined to beat his English colleague Harold Shipman (218 victims), but was arrested in 2000 after writing a letter of confession to a newspaper.
His victims were children who had been sexually abused. Police found in his house the decomposing bodies of three children, a photo album for children and five bags with clothes and shoes from dozens missing.
He was sentenced to die the same way as the victims, as required by Islamic law. The judge decided he should be strangled, and that his body, cut into 100 pieces, would be put into acid. But Javed appealed the decision and eventually died in prison in 2001. According to the authorities, committed suicide by poison.
And to finish with the statistics that say there is almost no Muslim mass murderers, police have arrested last September the first self-confessed serial murderer in Morocco.