Showmax released the official trailer for the upcoming true crime series Boetie Boer: Inside the Mind of a Monster on Monday September 18.
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Showmax has released the chilling trailer for its upcoming original true crime series titled Boetie Boer: In the mind of a monster on Monday September 18.
The series takes viewers back in time to 1990: when the African National Congress is no longer banned and Nelson Mandela is released after 27 years in prison, Stewart “Boetie Boer” Wilken begins his killing spree in Port Elizabeth, today hui Gqeberha.
“When he was arrested, it was like something out of a movie. Suddenly we had a serial killer,” journalist Brett Adkins said in the trailer.
“Wilken was a very unusual serial killer. Unlike most serial killers, he had more than one type of victim: mostly sex workers and young boys, usually street children, of several races. He also claimed to engage in necrophilia and cannibalism with his victims,” said director Jasyn Howes.
In the disturbing trailer, Wilken openly discusses his crimes with Dr Gerard Labuschagne, former head of the South African Police Service’s investigative psychology section. “Labuschagne gave us his recording of just over three hours of Wilken sharing, in his own words, everything he had done,” Howes explains. “Wilken had been in prison for eight years at the time of this interview and had already been sentenced to life in prison, so he had no obvious reason to hide anything.”
Wilken’s version of events is counterbalanced by interviews with Child Protection Unit investigator Sergeant Ursula Barnard and Sergeant Derick Nosworthy of the Murder and Robbery Unit, all of whom both played a key role in bringing Wilken to justice. Additionally, Howes interviews the family of one of Wilken’s victims, Georgina Zweni, and Wilken’s surviving children, Sonika and Sergius.
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WATCH THE TRAILER FOR “BOETIE BOER: INTO THE MIND OF A MONSTER”
The 90s were also the era of the ABC Killer, Moses Sithole and the Station Strangler accused by Norman Simons, who was released on parole in July 2023. So, despite committing at least seven murders, Wilkens n hasn’t received as much media coverage as you. I expected that.
The five-part documentary series is a co-production between Stage 5 Films and Howes’ Fifth Floor Films. This is the third documentary and first true crime documentary series from Stage 5 Films, building on the success of Earthen, And The companions.
Boetie Boer premieres on Showmax on October 18, 2023, with new episodes on Wednesdays. However, there is a warning.
“Even if you are over 18 and a fan of true-crime documentaries, we strongly advise viewer discretion,” says Allan Sperling, executive director of content at Showmax. “This is not intended for sensitive viewers, especially when they hear the description of the crimes in the killer’s own words.”
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