The world has seen so many dreadful killers in its history, but not too many as crazy as Ahmad Suradji. The psychopathic Indonesian serial killer ended the lives of more than 40 women in his years of crimes that spanned for close to a decade from 1986 to 1997. Also known as Nasib Kelewang, he took the lives of women mostly between the ages of 11 and 30.
Here is a look at his dark life and the light he took away from so many.
Who is Ahmad Suradji?
Also referred to as the Sorcerer or Black Magic killer, Ahmad Suradji was born on 12 December 1952 in Medan, Indonesia. He was born to a man who referred to himself as a sorcerer and he gained so much respect from the community and other places.
As Ahmad grew up, this became something he wanted to get involved in. Like many others who would grow up to be serial killers, his life was different from that of other kids as he was not only always lonely, he found it extremely hard to make friends. More so, he was not educated and was neglected by his parents.
He later got involved in petty crimes that were petty and violent some times. He would later get arrested and sent to prison for 10 years. Only two years after his time, he was back again for cattle theft.
After he left prison for the second time, Ahmad Suradji felt he needed to change his ways as he was not happy with the way people looked at him. Hence, he decided on following in the footsteps of his father by becoming a sorcerer; that was the only thing he knew to do having learned it from his father. His journey to sorcery became a nightmare for many women in the years that followed.
Facts You Didn’t Know About Ahmad Suradji
1. He was instructed by his father to get the saliva of women
In 1986, Ahmad Suradji had a dream in which he was instructed by his father to get the saliva of 70 women in order to become very powerful as a sorcerer and invincible. At the time, he was already a Shaman, a spiritual healer who people believed in.
According to him, it was the instruction from his father that made him kill women as the only way he could get and suck the saliva of the women would be if he killed them.
2. Ahmad Suradji did not go out to look for his victims
Since he was believed to be a spiritual healer, Ahmad Suradji did not bother to go out and hunt for his victims as they all came to him with different problems. He would then take their money and then kill them before sucking their saliva. His victims were mostly women who came to him with issues of love or marriage as well as prostitutes that he hired.
3. His victims dug their graves
The Black Magic killer did not dig the graves of his victims as he convinced them that for the purpose of rituals, they needed to dig a hole. He ended up burying them waist-deep in the holes.
4. How he killed and buried his victims
The dreaded killer killed his victims by strangling them in the sugarcane plantation. Before then, he would charge them for the service he ‘rendered’ which might be to make them more beautiful or richer or to make their men not to cheat on them. It was after this that he would lead them to dig their graves.
More so, he made sure that they were all buried facing his own house in order for him to be more powerful. He also stripped them naked before burying them again, believing it would make them decompose faster.
5. The Indonesian serial killer was married to 3 sisters
Regarded as one of Asia’s most prolific killers, Ahmad was married to three women who were sisters; Ngatiyah, Tumini, and Tuminah. There is, however, no record of any children between them.
6. His wives did not know about his crimes
Although there are some records that claimed he carried out his killings with the assistance of his wives, after Ahmad Suradji was caught, he revealed that only one of his wives knew what he was into- Tumini. She got to know of his crimes after one of his victims, 21-year-old Sri Kemala Dewi insisted that Tumini went with them for the ritual he was supposed to carry out for her.
Because of this, after he was finally caught, Tumini was the only one arrested even though the other wives were also interviewed.
7. How he was finally caught
Although women kept disappearing in the period of his atrocities, no one linked it to him because he was well respected in the community. No one knew he had a personal target of killing 70 women and sucking their saliva as allegedly instructed by the ghost of his father in his sleep.
Having killed more than 40 women, Suradji’s killing spree came to an end in 1997 having started in 1986. He was caught after the body of one of his victims was found in a sugarcane field by a young farmer who quickly notified neighbors before getting the military notified. As it would turn out, it was the body of Dewi who was last seen on her way to Suradji’s house.
8. The serial killer ended the lives of 42 women
By the time they would finish digging the field, 42 bodies of women between the ages of 11 and 30 would be found. Ahmad was arrested on 30 April 1997. He did not try to escape when he saw the police coming as he claimed he had already resigned to his fate knowing since from the start, that one day he would be caught.
9. Ahmad Suradji died by firing squad
After a long trial, Ahmad Suradji was found guilty of the murder of the 42 women he confessed to and was sentenced to death. Although he filed for an appeal, this was denied. His last wish was to see his wife and accomplice, Tumini, which was granted.
He was finally executed on 10 July 2008 after a plea for clemency was turned down. He was 55 at the time. His wife was also sentenced to death but it was later turned to life behind bars.