National Obituary Review

Dead Person of the Day – October 18 – Veerappan

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What we have here is India’s answer to Pablo Escobar Рjust substitute the coke for elephant tusks and sandalwood. Whatever floats your boat I guess.

Seen by peasants as a Robin Hood of sorts and considered public enemy #1 by the state Veerappan, 60, had been on the run since the late 1960s when he started a smuggling career that saw thousands of elephants killed for their tusks and countless tons of sandalwood taken from the jungle.

But seriously folks he did do some horrific (if not horrific) things. Veerappan made headlines around the world in 2000 when his gang kidnapped 71-year-old Bollywood movie star Rajkumar and held him hostage for 108 days. He allegedly treated him well by serving unlimited edamame and looping George Clooney movies. However, efforts to arrest the bandit were stepped up, but he still managed to kidnap a regional politician who was later found dead in the forest in 2002.

Over the years, he attained an almost mythic status. Famous for his elaborate handlebar moustache, he went into hiding in the vast rainforests of southern India. As far as I can tell he had two really cool things going for him.

1. A sweet mustache
2. A cook nickname – Jungle Cat.

All things considered thats a lot better than most (myself included).

Obits on a Thursday, just sprinkle some powdered sugar on it and shut up.

Death of a ‘demon’ – A Robin Hood figure to some, to others just a brutal killer. Mark Oliver on the demise of Veerappan, India’s most wanted bandit

Mark Oliver
Tuesday 19 October 2004

Indian security forces last night shot dead Koose Muniswamy Veerappan, the leader of an ivory smuggling gang who is thought to have killed as many as 150 people. Continue

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