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Emma Wall

Also Known As: "Emma Wahl", "Emma Fairbanks-Smith"
Birthplace: United Kingdom
Death: September 24, 1996 (1-2)
Nieuwoudtville, Namakwa, NC, South Africa (Murder - Farm Attack)
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Julia Fairbanks-Smith

Occupation: Child
Managed by: Susan Jane Isikson (Parratt)
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About Emma Wall

Emma Wall (1994 - 1996)

Brief overview:

Emma (2) was beaten, stabbed 29 times, her skull crushed, and a military type boot imprint on her face. This multiple murder took place at 21h00 on 24th September 1996. Emma, with her mother, Julia Fairbanks-Smith (37) were visiting from England and staying at the guesthouse of Hendrina "Gansie" Louw (57) on farm Heldersig in Nieuwoudtville. That evening Hendrina's fiance, Johan Viviers, and off-duty policeman was also visiting for dinner. Five men gained entry to the house. The perpetrators were dubbed the "Flower Gang', because Julia and Emma had been out in the afternoon to look at the wild Spring flowers in the field. The first person they killed was Emma, while she was sleeping in her bed. Julia was tied up, beaten and stabbed to death. Hendrina was also tied up, stabbed and her throat was slit. Viviers was stabbed and left for dead. When he regained consciousness he had a penknife in his back. Viviers managed to burn the cord tied around his feet and drove to the police station two kilometres away. The perpetrators stole a microwave oven, a television set, two hunting rifles and jewellery. Captain Paul van der Westhuizen described the murders as “a brutal and senseless attack”. “When you examine the background of the known suspects, one could easily assume that the motive for the slaying was to get drug money,” said Superintendent Jaco Campher who was leading the investigation. Four of the suspects - Latson Chavula, Charles Adams (alias Chico, alias Charlie Boy, alias Ruggie, alias Aandiebrand), Johannes Bruintjes (alias Holland, alias Moonlight, alias Klein Holland), and Douglas Andre Solomons (alias China, alias Dougie) were apprehended and charged with murder and robbery. The fifth suspect, Dawid Ruiters (alias Doggy Dog), was arrested the following weekend after hitchhiking in the Eastern Cape. He was charged with murder in connection with the death of a Gauteng taxi driver. They were all convicted of a variety of violent crimes including the murder of Willem Mongia, whose car they hijacked. They were sentenced to life imprisonment at various prisons around the country.

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  • Torture, Gratuitous violence
  • Indications of Hate Crime? Threats etc.

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Emma Wall's Timeline

United Kingdom
September 24, 1996
Age 2
Nieuwoudtville, Namakwa, NC, South Africa