After a lot of police mistakes, Captain Ben Bliksem Booysen took over the Krugersdorp Killers case in 2016.
By the time Booysen took control, 11 people had been brutally murdered by a group calling themselves Electus per Deus (God chose).
In In the Footsteps of the Devil: How I Hunted the Krugersdorp Killers Booysen, in collaboration with journalist Nicki Gules, reveals staggering details about police incompetence and reveals sensational new information about the killers, their crimes and life imprisonment.
On the first day of the Franschhoek Literary Festival on Friday, Booysen and Gules sat down with facilitator Andrew Brown (an author and police officer) to discuss the book, the writing process, and the people on its pages.
Captain Andrew Brown Ben Booysen and co-authors Nicki Gules of On the Devil’s Trail – How I Hunted the Krugersdorp Killers confront the banality of evil that shook South Africa.
The festival returned in person from May 13-15, after being missed in 2020 due to Covid-19. It brings authors and readers together with informal conversations and vigorous discussions about books and everything related.
The book captures the personal lives of many of Booysen. He left the police service four times, but kept coming back.
About why he left, Booysen told the audience, “The first time I attacked a sergeant. The second time I left, my child was very ill. The third time I went to work with my uncle. The last time was a very difficult time because they didn’t want to promote me. and I did not meet the brigadier. ”
Asked why he went back, Booysen said, “it’s like a drug,” adding that he’ll be excited every time he sees a police car drive past him.
Gules got involved after joking to a friend that he was going to write this book. He knew he wanted to tell the story from Booysen’s perspective.
Check out their captivating conversation in the video above.
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