Dhu Shanatir (Arabic: لخنيعة ينوف ذو شناتر‎, romanizedLakhniʿah Yanuf Dhu Shanatir) also spelled Zu Shenatir, was a Himyarite king who ruled Yemen for 27 years. He was not from the royal family (Tubba').[2] He was known as "The Man with Earrings".[3]

Dhu Shanatir
PredecessorDhu Ma'ahir (Hassan)
SuccessorDhu Nuwas
BornHimyarite Kingdom (modern day Yemen)
Diedc. 490
Himyarite Kingdom (modern day Yemen)
Full name
Arabic: لخنيعة ينوف ذو شناتر‎, romanizedLakhniʿah Yanuf Dhu Shanatir

He is known as one of the first recorded serial killers.[4] He lured young boys from the royal family into his home with the promise of food and money,[5] stripped them naked and sodomized them. He then killed them by throwing them naked out of an upper story window of his home. He was only stopped when a would-be victim, named Zara'h (Dhu Nuwas),[6] stabbed him in the anus.[7] Following his assassination, Dhu Shanatir's decapitated head was displayed from the palace window and Dhu Nawas assumed rulership of the Himyarite Kingdom.[8][9][10]

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  2. ^ Ibrahim, Mahmood (23 May 2014). Merchant Capital and Islam. University of Texas Press. ISBN 9780292767720.
  3. ^ Abbas Faroughy (1947). Introducing Yemen. Orientalia. p. 43.
  4. ^ Newton, Michael (2006). "History of serial murder". The encyclopedia of serial killers (2nd ed.). New York: Facts On File. p. 116. ISBN 0816069875.
  5. ^ Ramsland, Katherine (2005). The human predator : a historical chronicle of serial murder and forensic investigation (1st ed.). New York: Berkley Books. pp. 8–9. ISBN 042520765X.
  6. ^ Lawrence Senelick (1990). "Murderers". In Wayne R. Dynes (ed.). Encyclopedia of Homosexuality (PDF). Williamapercy.com. p. 851. Retrieved 16 December 2012.
  7. ^ Horberg, Karl (8 May 1997). "Into the Abyss". Paper Street Productions. Archived from the original on 26 April 2005.
  8. ^ Tabari (4 November 1999). History of al-Tabari Vol. 5, The: The Sasanids, the Byzantines, the Lakhmids, and Yemen. SUNY Press. pp. 189, 190. ISBN 9780791497227.
  9. ^ "نوادر المخطوطات • الموقع الرسمي للمكتبة الشاملة". shamela.ws (in Arabic). Retrieved 19 October 2018.
  10. ^ Scham, Sandra (19 January 2018). Extremism, Ancient and Modern: Insurgency, Terror and Empire in the Middle East. Routledge. ISBN 9781351846547.