E119: Philip Onyancha Pt 1

This week Beth and Wendy talk about Philip Ondari Onyancha, a confessed serial killer and rapist in Kenya. He has confessed to killing eight sex workers in the town of Thika in 2010, and he also confessed to murdering other women, and some children, throughout Kenya.

In Part 1 We thank our patrons (4:45) followed by stats (10:18), then we dive into the setting (11:46), the killer’s early life (23:29) and the first part of the timeline (32:40).  

Then we share some tips on how not to get murdered (39:33) and some shout outs (42:40)

Thanks for listening! This is a weekly podcast and new episodes drop every Thursday, so until next time… look alive y’all, it’s crazy out there!


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