Born in Vosloorus, South Africa in 1964, Moses Sithole grew up in the midst of apartheid. His father died when he was only five years old and his mother consequently abandoned her children, leaving Moses and his siblings in the care of an orphanage. As Moses was a black citizen in an anti-black society that did not keep detailed records of those citizens, much of what's known of his life before his infamy comes from his own testimony. According to him, the orphanage he grew up in treated him and his siblings badly.
During his teenage years, Sithole would be arrested for rape and spend seven years in prison because of it. He later claimed that he never raped the woman and was unjustly incarcerated. In fact, Sithole said that his experience in jail combined with the anger he felt at being falsely accused is what would drive him to his crimes.
After his time in jail, Sithole created Youth Against Human Abuse (YAHA) in 1994, an organization with the goal of stopping child abuse. In reality, YAHA was just a facade. Sithole used the fake organization to entice applicants. When Sithole met the job seekers in person, he would take them out to an isolated field where he would rape and murder them. All of his victims during this time were women applying to a job at YAHA. In the span of one year, Sithole had managed to claim a staggering 38 victims.
Eventually, investigators managed to find a connection between the women looking for employment and Sithole's YAHA. Sithole ran when he found out the police were on to him, but he was eventually caught.
Though Sithole claimed to have killed 76, only 38 were proven to be connected to him. He was sentenced to 2,410 years of imprisonment.