Buta amok case
Date August 1935
Location(s) Buta/Bangassou, Belgian Congo
Killed 5-6
Weapon(s) Revolver

In August 1935 an Italian killed at least five people either in Buta, or in Bangassou, Belgian Congo. The man had fallen in love with the wife of a Belgian merchant, but she rejected his advances, and when she made clear that she wanted nothing to do with him he decided to kill her.

One evening the couple held a celebration after returning from a business trip. Around 11 p.m. the Italian arrived there in a taxi, forced his entrance, and killed the woman with a revolver. Afterwards he fired several more shots at the guests, killing a Portuguese and his wife, and fled. Out the door he shot dead a policeman, who had rushed to the scene and tried to stop him, and then ordered the taxi driver to drive him away. When his chauffeur refused to comply the gunman killed him, too, and then escaped. He was later found dead with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the mouth. Most reports state that six persons were killed in the incident, among them an administrative official, though the more detailed accounts mention only five victims.[1][2][3][4][5][6]


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