The kidnapping and beheading of Robin Kemper is both a tragedy and a lesson. It is a tragedy because it was a senseless murder. It is a lesson because the beheading was designed to send a message. To whom and why remains unknown.
A beheading is not a typical act of violence by South African criminals. The recent study of murders on Free State farms over the past decade has suggested that when beheading have occurred, the murderers were foreigners. Were Kemper’s abductors paid foreigners or was their act a copy cat beheading to instill fear? If so, to whom and why?
Meanwhile, there are lifesaving lessons to be learned from this incident. Every criminal act follows these six steps:
- Target selection
- Resources allocation
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H.E.A T. tip: Always try to escape within the first 24 hours of a kidnapping. You will be hydrated, fed and rested, albeit scared. After a few days, you will be much weaker and probably hurt.