‘Vampire’ who murdered ten children goes on the run after escaping prison in Kenya


A man in Kenya who was dubbed a vampire after confessing to the killings of ten children and sucking the blood out of at least one has escaped from prison.

Masten Milimo Wanjala, 20, had been set to appear in court yesterday charged with multiple counts of murder.

However, officers realised that Wanjala had escaped from the Nairobi prison after he missed morning roll call, the BBC reports.

Authorities have now launched a manhunt to find the escapee and have also arrested three police officers who were on duty during the time of his escape from Jogoo Road police station.

Masten Milimo Wanjala, 20, (pictured) who was dubbed a vampire after confessing to the killings of ten children and sucking the blood out of at least one has escaped from prison in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi

Masten Milimo Wanjala, 20, (pictured) who was dubbed a vampire after confessing to the killings of ten children and sucking the blood out of at least one has escaped from prison in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi

The Governor of Nairobi, Mike Sonko, has offered a £1,316 (Sh200,000) reward to anyone able to assist officers in locating Wanjala.

The 20-year-old was arrested in July after police tracked him down after two bodies were found dumped in Kabete, outside Nairobi. 

He confessed to ten murders over a five year period and had been assisting police to recover the bodies.  

Wanjala was found after two bodies –  identified as Junior Mutuku Musyoka, 12, and Charles Opindo Bala, 13 – were found in Kabete.

He has been linked to several other disappearances in recent months, though police say it is not yet clear what his motive was.  

Police are trying to establish if Wanjala had accomplices or if he was working alone.

The suspect led detectives to the site of several of the murders in July, with officers taking photos and videos as evidence. 

Masten Milimo Wanjala, 20, in handcuffs after confessing to killing ten children

Wanjala is taken away by police after he led them to the scene of one of his alleged killings

Masten Milimo Wanjala, 20, led police to the scene of one of his alleged killings after he was arrested in July

Wanjala was arrested after two bodies - identified as Junior Mutuku Musyoka, 12, and Charles Opindo Bala, 13 - were found in Kabete, outside Nairobi

Wanjala was arrested after two bodies – identified as Junior Mutuku Musyoka, 12, and Charles Opindo Bala, 13 – were found in Kabete, outside Nairobi

Many of the sites were thick bushes near maize plantations, but Wanjala also dumped his victim’s bodies in open sewage pipes, Capital News reported. 

Police said Wanjala had tried to ransom the children, demanding between £200 (KSH 30,000) and £330 (KSH 50,000) from their parents in exchange for their freedom. 

Musyoki’s mother Felista Wayua was asked for £330 in exchange for her son but was unable to raise the money. 

Junior Mutuku Musyoka, 12, was allegedly kidnapped by Wanjala who demanded £330 from his mother, Felista Wayua, in exchange for her sons freedom

Junior Mutuku Musyoka, 12, was allegedly kidnapped by Wanjala who demanded £330 from his mother, Felista Wayua, in exchange for her son’s freedom

Opindo’s father was asked for £200 after his son was kidnapped from Sagaret Primary School in Majengo. 

Wanjala’s five-year killing spree started when he was just 16, local media reported. 

He allegedly kidnapped Purity Maweu, 12, and sucked her blood before leaving her for dead.   

Wanjala is believed to have struck again, three years later, in Kimilili, western Kenya, killing Aron, 13. 

The young boy’s death led to violent protests in Kamukuywa, in which residents torched a house they believed belonged to the suspect. 

Several bodies of Wanjala’s alleged victims are yet to be discovered after he dumped them in sewage lines.   

Kenyan newspaper The Standard previously reported the suspect is a repeat offender who has previously spent time behind bars.  

In 2020, 242 children under 18 – 125 girls and 117 boys – were reported missing, according to Missing Child Kenya. 

Most were reunited with their families, but at least 10 were found dead and 18 are still missing.    



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