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STRANGLED WITH TOKEN OF LOVE; THE KILLER.

KILLER Yaniv Malka used a ceremonial rope Kadamba gave him as a present to string her body to a shower head.

The style of double-noosed rope was once used by India's 19th century "thuggees" - robbers who throttled their victims as a sacrifice to Kali, the goddess of death and destruction.

Malka claimed he had a suicide pact with Kadamba in which they would hang themselves using a noose each. But the Old Bailey rejected his story and found he had strangled Kadamba before stringing her up.

The 22-year-old ex-paratrooper comes from a respectable family in the Israeli town of Migdal Ha'emek where he was the fourth of five children.

After a strict but loving upbringing, he studied electrical science. In his spare time, he was a talented disco dancer whose outgoing personality made him a favourite with the girls.

Malka was released early from compulsory military service when doctors found he had a heart problem.

After casual work he saved enough money to travel to Goa, in India, where he met Kadamba and where she bought him the double noose. Malka said later: "We couldn't take our eyes off each other. It was magical and I wanted to spend the rest of my life with her." He kept the affair a secret from his parents.

In Goa, Malka became known as the "king of the dance party" going to raves lasting up to three days. Chillingly, he also displayed the first signs of his cruel nature by hurling stray kittens out of the window.

Today, his father Meir still refuses to admit his son is a killer. After Malka's arrest, he said: " The world collapsed around me. He didn't do anything. He is very dear to us." The heartbroken family is now broke after spending their savings on legal fees and travel costs.
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Author:Edwards, Jeff; Rudge, David
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Mar 30, 1999
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