Showmax‘s first ever original true-crime series, Devilsdorp, launched on Thursday, 29 July 2021 is breaking all kinds of records on the streaming platform. Receiving five-star reviews and topping Showmax’s SA Top 20, Devilsdrop has set a new record for the most hours watched in its first four days of launch of any film or series ever on the platform. It has consequently outperformed the likes of Game of Thrones, The Real Housewives of Durban and The River.
The four-part docu-series investigates the 11 Krugersdorp Killings between 2012 and 2016, separately known as The Appointment Murders and the Satanic Murders, and how they were all traced back to Cecilia Steyn and the Electus per Deus (Chosen by God) cult.
Now, Showmax has good news for everyone still trying to process how a small group of devout Christians, trying to help a former satanist escape the satanic church, could become part of a murderous spree involving a killer mom, her two children, and a cult with more victims than members.
It doesn’t end there… in what is a Mzansi first, Showmax has launched Devilsdorp: The Official Companion Podcast, presented by Nicole Engelbrecht of True Crime South Africa, South Africa’s first victim-focused true-crime podcast. Engelbrecht also narrated the audiobook version of Jana Marx’s The Krugersdorp Cult Killings: Inside Cecilia Steyn’s Reign of Terror.
The first episode, Halos in Hell, will look at how religion was weaponised in this case. The second episode, The Mind of a Killer, will explore the psychology behind cults and how Cecilia Steyn was able to manipulate others into doing her bidding. The third episode, Mother Dearest, will investigate how Marinda Steyn manipulated her children into killing, with journalist Marizka Coetzer opening up about falling in love with Marinda’s son, Le Roux Steyn. And episode four, The Aftermath, will explore the impact of the case on the journalists and police officers involved – and explore other cases that could be connected to Electus Per Deus.
Binge all four episodes of Devilsdorp, which is rated 16VL, first and only on Showmax here.
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