A child killer named “The Vampire” who confessed to killing at least 10 children was beaten to death by a mob after escaping from prison.
Masten Vanzala, 20, was found and killed when he escaped from his cell at a police station.
The killer was originally arrested in July in connection with the deaths of two boys, aged 12 and 13, when police say he has confessed to his other murders.
And he is alleged to have claimed that he “sucked the blood out of their veins” before killing them and then dumping their bodies.
Some of his prey remains were discovered in the bushes – others were left to rot in the sewer system.
He was due to appear in court in Nairobi, Kenya on Wednesday when he escaped.
Governor Mike Sonko put a price of £1,316 on his head, which could have aided him in getting in.
However, before the police could find him, a furious mob found him in his home town of Bungoma, about 250 miles away.
The killer was spotted by a group of children and was tracked down by a pursuit team and then executed.
Photos showed his body lying outside a property in the city surrounded by a group of men.
Vanzala is alleged to have posed as a football coach to get closer to the children – and photos of his arrest show him wearing an Everton shirt.
And then he allegedly drugged his victims, sucked their blood and killed them.
Police have said Vanzala’s first victim was a 12-year-old girl whom he abducted five years ago, when the killer was just 16 years old.
Their killings sparked outrage across Kenya – and even inspired yet another example of mob justice when a man falsely accused of the murders had his house burned down.
Police are investigating whether ‘The Vampire’ may have any accomplices.
Three policemen on duty at the police station from where he had fled have also been arrested for failing in their duty or aiding in their escape.
Police are confirming the identity of the body killed by the mob – but locals are said to have identified him as Vanzala.
Kenya Police spokesman Bruno Isohi Shioso defended his force’s handling of the case and its end in the justice of the mob.
“Police can’t be everywhere,” he said Washington Post.
Vanzala’s father, Robert, also apologized to the victims’ families and said he was “heartbroken but ready to bury” his son.
And the mother of one of his victims, Grace Adhiambo, said she was glad he was dead, adding that she was “relieved” to hear of his escape.
One of the parents of the victims, Tony Opindo Vala, although he said he wished he had learned more about the murders – and is sure the killer did not act alone.
“He went away [died] With lots of information,” he said.
“We just wanted to know how he did it. How did he seduce them, what kind of deaths did he experience? … We have no conclusion in that regard.”
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