LOOK | ‘Not for sensitive viewers’: SA serial killer shares gruesome details of murders in new docuseries

  • Showmax has shared the first trailer of its latest true crime docuseries about serial killer Stewart ‘Boetie Boer’ Wilken.
  • Wilken committed at least seven murders before he was arrested in 1997 for the disappearance of two children, including his daughter.
  • Brother Farmer premieres on Showmax on October 18, with new episodes every Wednesday.

Even if viewers are over 18 and fans of true crime documentaries, Toonmax strongly encourages viewer discretion as it shares the first trailer for its latest chilling docuseries featuring serial killer Stewart “Boetie Boer” Wilken, who committed at least seven murders in the 1990s.

The five-part docuseries, co-produced by Stage 5 Films and Fifth Flor Films, takes viewers back to a time in 1990 when Wilken began his killing spree in Port Elizabeth, now Gqeberha, when the ANC was no longer banned, and Nelson Mandela was released from the jail. prison after 27 years.

In the trailer, the killer discusses his crimes with Dr. Gérard Labuschagne, former department head of the SAPS Research Psychology Department.

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Raven Swart as Stewart ‘Boetie Boer’ Wilken

“Labuschagne gave us his recording of just over three hours where Wilken, in his own words, shared everything he had done,” said director Jasyn Howes.

Wilken’s version of events is supplemented by interviews with Sergeant Ursula Barnard, investigator of the Child Protection Unit, and Sergeant Derick Nosworthy of the Murder and Robbery Unit, who played a key role in bringing Wilken to justice. In addition, Howes interviews the family of one of Wilken’s victims, Georgine Zweni, and his (Wilken’s) only surviving children, Sonika and Sergius.

“Wilken was a very unusual serial killer – unlike most serial killers, he had more than one type of victim: mainly female sex workers and young boys, usually street children, of multiple races. He also claimed that he and his colleagues engaged in necrophilia and cannibalism. victims,” Howes continued.

Necrophilia: feeling sexually attracted to dead bodies or sexual activity with dead bodies.

Although Wilken murdered at least seven people, his murders did not receive as much attention as they were committed during the same era in which the ABC Killer, Moses Sithole and Station Strangler accused Norman Simons, who was released on parole in July 2023.

“At the time of his murders, Wilken’s case went largely unnoticed in the rest of the country because there were higher profile killers on the loose at the same time,” Howes said. “There is little to no video or radio archive, although there was more newspaper coverage, so we had to respond to the response to bring the story to life visually.”

“I’ve been impressed by documentary series like Wormwood, which have really tried to move the true crime genre into a new space, blurring the lines between documentary and narrative films. So this gave us the opportunity to elevate the genre locally level and give audiences a chance for a more cinematic viewing experience.”

Per True Crime South AfricaWilken was arrested in January 1997 for the disappearance of two children, including his daughter.

“When he was arrested, it sounded like something out of a movie,” journalist Brett Adkins said in the trailer.

Brother Farmer premieres on Showmax on October 18, with new episodes every Wednesday.

“Even if you are over 18 and a fan of true crime documentaries, we strongly advise viewer discretion,” said Allan Sperling, the streamer’s chief content officer. “This is not for sensitive viewers, especially hearing the description of the crimes in the killer’s own words.”


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