A profile photo of Carl Mischke. Photo: www.uj.ac.za

Two suspects appeared in court on Monday April 22 in connection with the brutal murder of the University of Johannesburg law professor found dead in his home last week Monday.

Carl Mischke, law professor, at the University of Johannesburg was found by a domestic worker. He was lying on his bed, in a pool of blood with multiple stab wounds according to Lt-Col Lungelo Dlamini.

The first suspect in the case, a 29-year-old man, was arrested on Thursday April 18 and held at the Norwood police station. The second suspect was arrested in Kempton Park on the East Rand on Saturday afternoon after police recovered the victim’s car being stripped by two additional suspects on Friday night.

All of the suspects are due to appear in court today, two will appear for the murder and the other two for being in possession of a suspected stolen vehicle.

The university said “Although Mischke was employed for only a short while by the university; he (had) already made important contributions to the Faculty of Law.”They expressed shock over the news of Mischke’s death because it appeared he had been a victim of a hate crime. 

Mischke was a member of Johannesburg’s Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Intersex (LGBTI) group which has fuelled speculation that his murder was part of the series of gay serial murders that have htaking place in Cape Town and Gauteng in recent years.

If Mischke’s murder is confirmed as part of the string of gay murders his death would be the ninth serial gay murder in recent years. Oscar O’Hara, Siphiwe Selby Nhlapo, Manolis Veloudos, Graham Flax, Jason Wessenaar, Graham Collop, Rulov Senekal and Barney van Heerden, who also lived in Norwood, were the first 8 victims of the alleged gay serial murders that have taken place between 2010 and now.