Face-to-face with a serial killer

Epi 5: Face-to-face with a serial killer

Coming face-to-face with a serial killer is the stuff of nightmares for most, but for former crime reporter Janine Lazarus it was the interview of a lifetime. Listen to our fifth and final episode of the true-crime podcast series, To Catch a Serial Killer, here.

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The first time author Janine Lazarus locked eyes with Norwood serial killer Kobus Geldenhuys was just after he was sentenced to death 27 years ago.

Twelve years later, and long after Lazarus (pictured below) had left the newsroom, he applied for his first parole. Janine wrote a story for The Star: ‘God help us if he gets parole.’

In our fifth and final episode of To Catch a Serial Killer, it’s a Q & A with 'BAIT To Catch a Killer' author Janine Lazarus, with news editor Marius van der Walt asking some of the questions we all want to know of someone who’s had this experience.

Listen to episode 5 below.

Geldenhuys has recently applied for his fourth parole. A TV series on Janine’s story is in pre-production and development.

Janine Lazarus

#ICYMI - In episode 4, Lazarus and Van der Walt spoke about 'madness in the air' with then political reporter and current Deputy Editor of The Citizen Brendan Seery. Seery mentored Lazarus over the time she was writing about Geldenhuys.

"The serial killer story was one that riveted people because it was different, but also because it was so horrifying," says Seery (pictured below).

Brenden Seery

If you're interested in true-life crime stories, in South Africa's historic context and in key and remarkable differences between journalism and what made headlines in the early 1990s versus 30 years later, then episode four is a must-listen.

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