Monday, January 20, 2003

Massacre: Suspects identified

CAPE TOWN — Cape Town police said on Monday four white men could help their investigation into the massacre of eight men at an all-men gay massage parlour.

Police spokesperson Captain Etienne Terblanche said one of the suspects had a tattoo of a curled-up snake on his upper left arm, and the words "fast gun" tattooed on his right wrist. His hair was reddish, probably bleached, and he wore a goatee beard.

The second suspect was a thin man with a fair complexion who had a habit of sniffing.

The third suspect was tall and well-built with a shaven head and was possibly a body builder, while the fourth was also described as well-built.

"All these suspects were seen driving a white three series BMW," Terblanche said.

Eight men have died after they were shot dead execution style in a house in Graham Road shortly before 04:00. They were found with their hands bound behind their backs. Most of them had their throats slit.

Two other men, who suffered similar injuries, were being treated at Groote Schuur Hospital.

Hospital spokesperson Philippa Johnson said one man was critical, while the other was stable. One was in his 50s while the other was in his 20s.

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