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Titus van Bengale

Birthdate: (30)
Birthplace: Bengale, India
Death: circa September 1, 1714 (22-38) (Titus was impaled through the anus and suffered a drawn out death)
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About Titus van Bengale

Titus van Bengale

Born. c. 1684, Bengal India

H.F. Heese, Reg en Onreg (Kaapse Regspraak in die Agtiende Eeu) (Belville, South Africa: Instituut vir Historiese Navorsing, Universiteit van Wes-Kaapland, 1994), ISBN 1-86808-195-8, - At his trial in 1714, Titus van Bengale, was said to be 30 years old.

Died c. 1 September 1714

Robert C-H Shell, Children of Bondage, p. 317,

"The most spectacular case of an interracial liaison was one in 1714 between the 24-year-old Maria (Marie) Mouton from Middelburg in Zealand (sic), who had a love affair with her slave, Titus of Bengal. She, with Titus and several slave accomplices, murdered her husband of eight years, Franz Joost of Lippstadt. The Cape Court sentenced Titus to be publically impaled through the anus until death. While impaled he was given a flask of rice brandy (arrack) by several onlookers, one of whom duly chided him lest he become too drunk. The diarist recorded Titus' sardonic answer: "It did not matter as he sat fast enough and there was no fear of falling." The diarist of this event concluded: "It is true that whilst sitting in that deplorable state, he often joked, and scoffingly said that he would never again believe a woman."

About 1713 Titus and Marie Mouton were lovers


Marie Mouton,who was the wife of the victim and the lover of Titus van Bengale with the slave Fortuin van Angola killed Franz Joosten on 3 January 1714. Joosten's body was stuffed down a warthog burrow, but his murder was exposed when the body was later dug up by animals.

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Titus van Bengale's Timeline

September 1, 1714
Age 30