SERIAL KILLER LURED CHILDREN AND WOMEN INTO HIS EMPLOYER’S ESTATE DUBBED “THE HOUSE OF HORRORS”: THE CASE OF SURINDER KOLI
Surinder Koli was a servant for Moninder Singh Pandher at his home dubbed the “House of Horrors” in Noida, India when he lured children and women into the house through ruse and by offering the children candy; once inside, he killed them and allegedly engaged in cannibalism and necrophilia with some of the victims. Police say at least 19 women and children were raped, killed, and dismembered. Koli has been found guilty in at least 5 cases and been sentenced to death. He has been held in custody since 2006 when sewer lines were discovered clogged in front of the house by children’s clothes and body parts. Residents claim at least 40 children and women are missing from the area. The “House of Horrors” sits next to expensive homes occupied by doctors and lawyers. The case had so incensed the citizens in the area that Koli had trouble obtaining a lawyer to represent him. Pandher was also originally convicted of murder but he was later set free by a higher court due to lack of evidence. Last month, India’s Supreme Court delayed Koli’s execution to allow for a final appeal to be heard in open court. Executions are relatively rare in India. Moninder Ajmal Kasab was executed in 2012. Afzal Guru was hung in 2013 for his part in the attack on India’s Parliament.