After having warmer winter days we suddenly woke to a chilly breeze this morning. Instead of doing some chores outside I decided to unpack a cupboard containing old handbags and shoes. I had packed the stuff there in 2000 when we moved into this house and never used them again.
We are preparing for our next move which will probably happen within the next two years and I decided to delve in and see what I could throw out. I put 10 pairs of shoes and some old children story books out onto the pavement and luckily they disappeared in 1 hour. Glad to be rid of that lot.
Then I found the handbag my parents had bought me in 1994. How do I know this you might ask … we’ll the original crumpled news paper was still inside to keep its shape.
I had a quick look at it to see the news on the day the newspaper was printed which was March 6, 1994.
The Gert van Rooyen case seemed to be one topic in the headlines. For those unfamiliar with Gert van Rooyen, he is a notorious South African alleged to be a paedophile, who shot his girlfriend and himself when police had them cornered but no one knows to this day what happened to the victims.
RAPPORT NEWSPAPER CLIPPING 6 MARCH 1994
“Van Rooyen and his lover, Joey Haarhoff’s killing spree started in August 1988.
Tracy-Lee Scott-Crossley, 14, disappeared on her way to Cresta shopping mall in Randburg.
Two months later Fiona Harvey, 12, of Pietermaritzburg, disappeared. On June 7, 1989 Joan Horn, 12, of Pretoria, disappeared.
A 16 year old Durban girl, Janet Delport, escaped the couple’s clutches after she was abducted in a mall in July 1989.
On September 22, 1989, Kempton Park girls, Odette Boucher, 11, and, Anne-Mari Wapenaar, 12, went missing.
The saga, which gripped the nation’s attention finally came to an end in January 1990 when their final victim escaped from their home in Capital Park.
Joan Booysen, 16, was handcuffed, drugged, indecently assaulted and locked up but managed to escape. A few days later Van Rooyen shot Haarhoff, then himself during a police chase. “http://www.iol.co.za/news/south-africa/ghost-of-paedophile-haunts-swartruggens-1.429874
A psychic tried to help
Sacrificed to Satan
In Belinda’s mind there’s no doubt. The girls were sacrificed to Satan and their bodies incinerated afterwards.
Gert and Joey followed Satanism,” she tells the mothers. “They wanted young women for Summer Solstice, Winter Solstice, Equinox and Halloween festivals. You’ll find their disappearances are within a few days of these festivals. Satanists allow 48 hours either side for the rituals to take place.”The dates of five of the six girls? disappearances loosely correspond. The odd one out is Tracy-Lee Scott and police have always been sceptical that her case was linked to the rest.
Fiona Harvey went missing on 22 December 1988 (Winter Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere, which Satanists everywhere adhere to, is celebrated on 21 and 22 December), Joan Horn on 7 June (Summer Solstice is 21 and 22 June), Annemarie and Odette on 22 September 1989 (Equinox is on 22 September) and Yolande on 2 November (Halloween is on 31 October).
“They were unable to find a girl to abduct for Halloween and that’s why poor Yolande was taken – a family member, an easy last-minute target,” Belinda says.
She says the girls were drugged with sleeping pills that Joey had been addicted to all her adult life. But their bodies were kept in perfect condition for the sacrificial ceremonies – they even had make-up put on in preparation.
“Belinda gives frustratingly little detail on how the girls were killed except to say they died peacefully before the “rest of the repulsive proceedings” took place. Afterwards Gert dug holes – although not on the premises where he and Joey lived.
“She opens her eyes and smiles. “But they want you to know their passing was not traumatic. Their consciousness left quickly.
Twisted sex ring
“For Babs the pain worsened when it emerged it was probably her own sister, Joey Haarhoff, who lured the young women into Gert’s twisted sex ring. But there was to be no closure because Gert shot Joey, then himself, as police closed in on them. They took their vile secrets to the grave.” http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/Psychic-sees-missing-girls-20030804
This mystery is no closer to being solved than it was in 1994.
On a lighter note an advert on the same front page of Rapport. I guess it is almost old enough to be a classic advert.
The message loud and clear was that if you smoked these you would have a happy girlfriend and you would be a winning success at whatever you attempted.
A final story I came across while searching for facts on the case concerns Gert van Rooyen’s son.
“Gerhard van Rooyen, the son of notorious paedophile Gert van Rooyen, has been given a suspended sentence in the Pretoria Commercial Crimes Court for fraud.
“Van Rooyen (45) pleaded guilty to eight counts of fraud, and was sentenced to five years in prison, wholly suspended on condition he repaid an amount of R241 800 owed to several plaintiffs, Beeld reported today.
“Van Rooyen’s lawyer, Donald du Plessis, told the court yesterday his client had found work as a debt collector, where he earned a salary of R25 000 a month, so he could repay the debt.
“It was the seventh time in Van Rooyen’s life that he was sentenced for criminal offences, ranging from theft to fraud and escaping from prison.
“Van Rooyen’s father, who committed suicide, was convicted of abduction and the sexual assault of two girls in 1979 and later linked to the disappearance of at least six girls in the late 1980s.
I would love to see some comments on the topic. Thank you for reading.