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Psychopath Who Killed 42 People Dies

April 8, 1988

BOMBAY, India (AP) _ Raman Raghav, a psychopathic murderer who confessed to killing 42 people with an iron bar in a 1962-68 spree, has died of a kidney ailment after nearly 20 years in prison, police said Friday.

Raghav, 63, died Thursday in a hospital in Poona, 77 miles southeast of Bombay.

He had been in Yervada Jail in Poona since 1968 when he was found mentally deranged and unfit to stand trial. He spent 16 years in solitary confinement.

Police Inspector Keshav Sahasrabuddhe, who helped track down Raghav before his arrest in August 1968, said Raghav killed most of his victims while they slept, hitting them with a bent iron bar.

″He used to hit his victims with the weapon in the temple near the ear, causing instantaneous death,″ the inspector said, adding that three of the victims were women and one was a 6-month-old baby.

The United News of India said Raghav confessed to 42 murders before a magistrate in Bombay. The slayings in Bombay and its suburbs set off widespread fear and panic.

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