A gang known as the Brabant killers, also known as the Nivelles gang in Dutch-speaking media and the Mad Killers of Brabant in French-speaking media, carried out a number of violent attacks in the Belgian province of Brabant between 1982 and 1985 that resulted in a total of 28 fatalities and 22 injuries. Three males are thought to have been involved in the gang’s activities. The “Brabant killers'” names and locations remain a mystery to this day. The Brabant murders may be Belgian or foreign state security agents engaged in political terrorism or covert operations camouflaged as targeted killings, according to long-running rumors.
Occurrences involving the Brabant murderers
On December 31, a Gendarmerie barracks in Etterbeek was broken into. automatic weapon theft, ammunition theft, and vehicle theft. Some of these items were allegedly later found in Madani Bouhouche’s garage.
- A 10-gauge fowling shotgun was stolen from a store in Dinant, Belgium, on March 13, 1982. Two men were observed leaving quickly.
- On May 10, an Austin Allegro was stolen under duress. One of only two times the Killer was visible without a mask. He appeared to speak French as a first language and did so with an educated man’s intonation. The automobile was almost immediately dumped. a Volkswagen Santana was stolen from a vehicle dealership.
- In Maubeuge, France, on August 14, a grocery store was robbed with weapons. Wine and food were taken. When two French police officers arrived on the site as the goods were being placed into a van, they were shot and critically injured.
- Armed robbery of a firearms dealer in Wavre, Belgium, on September 30. 15 firearms, including submachine guns, were taken. At the scene, one police officer died; later, two more were shot and suffered serious injuries.
- Belgian restaurant robbed with weapons on December 23. Wine and coffee were taken. The caregiver was killed after being tortured.
- On January 9, a cab driver was robbed and killed in Brussels, Belgium. Later, the vehicle was discovered in Mons, Belgium.
- Theft of a Peugeot at gunpoint on January 28.
- On February 11, a supermarket in Rixensart, Belgium, was robbed with weapons. There were only about $18,000 taken. There were numerous injuries. There was no fatality.
- On February 22, a bullet-damaged Audi 100 that had been in a collision on February 11 was stolen from a business garage where it was being fixed. armed robbery of a supermarket in Uccle, Belgium, on February 25. $16,000 or less was stolen. There was no fatality.
- On March 3, there was a robbery with weapons and a homicide in Halle, Belgium. There were only about $18,000 taken. One member of the supermarket personnel died.
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Other people of interest included Patrick Haemers, a criminal from Belgium and the leader of a gang that kidnapped Paul Vanden Boeyants, the former prime minister of Belgium. Haemers’ height seemed to fit the description of the killer giant from Brabant. His known crimes, however, lacked the senseless killings and low-level robberies that were the trademark of the Brabant killers.
A second person of interest (POI) was Madni Bouchouche, a gendarme and proprietor of a gun store who was suspected of involvement in a series of violent incidents. In 1986, Bouchouche was detained for the murder of Juan Mendoza, a friend of his who had voiced concern that some of the weapons Bouhouche had stolen from him had been used in the Brabant killers’ atrocities. Despite being freed in 1988, police discovered that Bouhouche had secretly rented garages to store stolen vehicles, weapons he had taken in a 1981 break-in at a Gendarmerie guard station in Etterbeek, and fake license plates, some of which may have been associated with the Brabant murderers.
There were several TV remote controls modified to set off explosives that were left at the crime scene by the Brabant killers. Years before the Brabant killers began attacking supermarkets, Bouhouche planned to use IED attacks against a large supermarket chain as an extortion scheme. There are numerous theories that still cannot explain this case.