Murray Colin and Sanders Peter

in Medicine Murder in Colonial Lesotho

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print May 2005 | ISBN: 9780748622849
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748652952 | DOI:

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After half a century, the wounds inflicted by medicine murder are still raw. There is still bitterness and hatred between the families of murderers, or alleged murderers, and the families of their victims. Most people are prepared to talk about what happened, but for many, it is painful to be reminded of such terrible events in which members of their own family were killed or hanged, or in which they themselves took part or were accused of taking part. This chapter reviews some accounts from people connected with the alleged murderers, from people connected with the victims, and of mixed public reactions to the outcomes of trials. Almost without exception, those who were connected with the murderers, or alleged murderers, protested their innocence, explained how it was that they came to be wrongly accused. People connected with the victims had no hesitation in saying that medicine murders were committed.

Keywords: alleged murderers; trial outcomes; public opinion; medicine murder; killing; hanging

Chapter.  3063 words. 

Subjects: African Studies

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