E55: Mohammed Bijeh, the Vampire of the Tehran Desert

This week Beth and Wendy discuss Mohammed Bijeh, an Iranian serial killer who in the press was called the “Vampire of the Tehran Desert”, or sometimes, with his accomplice Ali Baghi (aka Ali Gholampour “The Hyenas”.  Bijeh raped and killed 16 boys and killed 2 adults. 

We spend some time with the history of Iran (12:21), what we know of the killers early life and the timeline (35:15) .  Then, we get into the investigation & arrest (41:08) followed by “Where are they now?”(43:23). We get into our Take Aways and what we think made Bijeh Snap(48:41).  

As usual we close out the show with some shout outs (58:28), crime news (55:37) and of course, some tips on how not to get murdered (51:32).  

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Wikipedia contributors. (08/19/19). Mohammed Bijeh. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 09/05/19 from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Mohammed_Bijeh&oldid=911480238

Murderpedia. (n.d.). Mohammed Bijeh. Murderpedia, The Encyclopedia of Murderers. Retrieved 09/05/19 from https://murderpedia.org/male.B/b/bijeh-mohammed.htm

Associated Press. (03/16/05). Serial rapist and killer lashed, hanged in Iran. NBC News. Retrieved 09/05/19 from http://www.nbcnews.com/id/7209473/ns/world_news/t/serial-rapist-killer-lashed-hanged-iran/#.XXFeR5NKhhE

Tait, Robert. (03/16/05). Serial killer’s hanging cheers crowd in Iran. The Guardian. Retrieved 09/05/19 from https://www.theguardian.com/world/2005/mar/17/iran.roberttait

McDowall, Angus. (10/15/04). Iran’s ‘vampire of the desert’ faces death penalty after murdering 17 children in brickwork slums. The Independent. Retrieved 09/05/19 from https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/irans-vampire-of-the-desert-faces-death-penalty-after-murdering-17-children-in-brickwork-slums-543804.html

BBC Correspondent. (03/16/05). Iran’s “Desert Vampire” Executed. BBC News. Retrieved 09/06/19 from http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/4353449.stm

Harrison, Frances. (09/11/04). Iran ‘serial child killers’ held. BBC News. Retrieved 09/06/19 from http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/3648652.stm

Reuters. (03/17/05). Iran Hangs Serial Child Killer. The New York Times. Retrieved 09/06/19 from https://www.nytimes.com/2005/03/17/world/middleeast/iran-hangs-serial-child-killer.html

Associated Press. (03/16/05). Crowd Sees Rapist Hanged in Iran. CBS News. Retrieved 09/06/19 from https://www.cbsnews.com/news/crowd-sees-rapist-hanged-in-iran/

About Iran

BBC Monitoring. (09/24/18). Iran Country Profile. BBC News. Retrieved 09/06/19 from https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-14541327

Jawad Adib, Muhammad. (04/13/14). Controversial public executions in Iran draw crowds. Al-Monitor. Retrieved 09/06/19 from https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2014/04/iran-public-executions.html

Wikipedia contributors. (08/27/19). Background and causes of the Iranian Revolution. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 09/06/19 from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Background_and_causes_of_the_Iranian_Revolution&oldid=912753721

Wikipedia contributors. (09/06/19). Mohammad Reza Pahlavi. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 09/07/19 from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Mohammad_Reza_Pahlavi&oldid=914264952

Biography. (10/13/14; updated 07/23/19). Ayatollah Ruholla Khomeini. Retrieved 09/18/19 from https://www.biography.com/political-figure/ayatollah-ruhollah-khomeini

History.com Editors. (06/01/10; updated 06/07/19). Iran Hostage Crisis. History. Retrived 09/08/19 from https://www.history.com/topics/middle-east/iran-hostage-crisis

Dimuro, Gina. (01/31/19). The Controversial Story Of Farah Pahlavi, The ‘Jackie Kennedy Of The Middle East’. All That’s Interesting. Retrieved 09/08/19 from https://allthatsinteresting.com/farah-pahlavi

All That’s Interesting. (12/15/14). Life Under The Shah Of Iran Before 1979, In 47 Revealing Photos. Retrieved 09/08/19 from https://allthatsinteresting.com/shah-of-iran-before-1979

Wikipedia contributors. (01/01/19). Plastic Keys to Paradise. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 09/09/19 from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Plastic_Keys_to_Paradise&oldid=876253566


A Dying King: The Shah of Iran

Farah Diba Pahlavi: The Last Princess

Death and The Judge

How Not to Get Murdered

Heins, Kathleen M. (n.d.). How to Keep Your Child Safe from Abduction:Parents need to update the advice they’ve been giving kids to keep them safe. Better Homes & Gardens.  Retrieved 09/09/19 from https://www.bhg.com/health-family/parenting-skills/responsible-kids/how-to-keep-your-child-safe-from-abduction/

Crime News

Knowles, Hannah. (09/03/2019). A man pulled a gun to demand Popeyes chicken sandwiches after they sold out. The Washington Post. Retrieved 09/11/2019 from https://www.washingtonpost.com/food/2019/09/03/man-pulled-gun-demand-popeyes-chicken-sandwiches-after-they-sold-out/

Shout Outs

Tony Robinson’s Crime and Punishment



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