Podcast and Interviews with “Serial Sleuth”, Piet Byleveld
In the following 6-part podcast, Piet Byleveld speaks to East Coast Radio‘s Anisa Ussuph about his biography, Byleveld: Dossier of a Serial Sleuth, and his life as a detective. Despite having earned himself monikers like “Top Cop” and “Serial Sleuth” for his 100% success rate with serial murders, Ussuph finds Byleveld to be “down to earth and humble”.
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Sitting at his kitchen table with fiancée Elize Smit, the respected former detective Piet Byleveld is laid back despite the media frenzy surrounding him, ahead of yesterday’s launch of the new book, Byleveld, Dossier of a Serial Sleuth, authored by Hanlie Retief. This is a proud moment for the retired detective.
His home tells a story of a man who is enjoying his retirement. Through the window, the garden is invitingly well manicured and Byleveld is proud to announce he has taken up gardening as a pastime.
In the lounge, family photographs in an eclectic mix of frames cover the walls. But it’s his beloved picture taken with former president Nelson Mandela that takes centre stage. “It was a big honour for me when Mr Mandela called to see me.
Have you actually retired?
“No, not really. I get approached by the public constantly to take on a case. I’ve had to call in consultants to assist me otherwise I’d be right back in there.”
What do you look for at a crime scene?
“After getting called to the scene I’ll try to establish a motive and look for clothing and any possible witnesses to the crime scene. I’ll identify the victim and forensics, pathologists and photographers are called in.”
- Byleveld: Dossier of a Serial Sleuth by Hanlie Retief
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