Murder, Witchcraft and the Killing of Wildlife (Hardback)
Memoirs of a Police Officer in the Heart of Africa
This was the time of the Belgian Congo Debacle, where ethnic cleansing coincided with Stephen R. Matthew's first police posting near the Northern Rhodesia border with the Congo. During this time, and at just 21 years old, Stephen was knifed, ambushed, stoned, wounded by bow and arrow and shotgun and had his hand broken several times.
Action-packed, unadulterated stories of those frantic and dangerous years are meticulously detailed here. This young police inspector found himself confronted by fearsome actions and events well beyond his understanding, while serving in the elite police force in Northern Rhodesia (now Zambia). He found that the police were fighting on two fronts; trying to protect the vulnerable citizens of the country whilst at the same time endeavouring to stop the slaughter of wildlife.
A stand-out, unique and comprehensive book, Murder, Witchcraft and the Killing of Wildlife depicts dramatic accounts of witchcraft-murders and cannibalism in all its repugnant forms. Highly dangerous solo investigations carried out by Stephen are detailed, including incidents of black magic, kidnapping, arson, gun-running and people trafficking.