Masten Wanjala

Masten Milimu Wanjala (2001 – 15 October 2021)[1] was a Kenyan suspected serial killer. He was accused of killing 10 boys in Nairobi.[2][3]

Masten Wanjala
Born2001 (2001)
Bungoma, Kenya
Died (aged 20)
Bungoma, Kenya
Cause of deathLynching
Span of crimes

Wanjala admitted to drugging and murdering more than 10 boys since 2019, and to drinking the blood of some.[1][4] He gained their confidence by pretending to be a football coach, and held some for ransom.[5]

He was arrested on 14 July 2021,[4] and was held at Jogoo Road police station, but had yet to be charged[6] when he escaped from custody on 13 October.[7] The three police officers on duty at the time were arraigned on charges of allowing and assisting his escape; they said there was a power cut at the police station that night.[6] Two days after his escape, Wanjala was lynched by an angry mob in Mukhweya, Bungoma County, where his parents live; they have disowned him.[1][5]


  1. ^ a b c John Shilitsa (15 October 2021). "Suspected child killer Masten Wanjala lynched by mob". The Standard. Retrieved 15 October 2021.
  2. ^ Andrew Wasike (13 October 2021). "Man who confessed to killing 10 children in Kenya escapes from police cell". Anadolu Agency.
  3. ^ "'Vampire' who killed 10 children beaten to death by mob after escaping prison". Metro. UK. 16 October 2021. Retrieved 22 October 2021.
  4. ^ a b Hudson Gumbihi (22 July 2021). "How Masten Wanjala's alleged victims were killed, autopsies reveal". The Standard. Retrieved 14 October 2021.
  5. ^ a b Emmanuel Igunza (15 October 2021). "Masten Wanjala: Kenyan child serial killer killed by mob". BBC News. Retrieved 15 October 2021.
  6. ^ a b Annette Wambulwa (14 October 2021). "Masten Wanjala took advantage of blackout to escape from police cell, court told". The Star. Retrieved 15 October 2021.
  7. ^ Emmanuel Igunza (14 October 2021). "Masten Wanjala: Kenyan child killer escapes from police custody". BBC News. Retrieved 14 October 2021.