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The Singing Serial Killer

In 2008, Indonesian serial killer, Very Idham Henyansyah confessed to murdering 11 people following his arrest. In 2013. he was still awaiting execution at Kesambi Penitentiary in Cirebon.

Born in 1978, Henyansyah, a homosexual, was particularly brutal in his treatment of his victims. A number of bodies were found buried in the garden of his home in East Java, but the remains of one of his victims was found cut into pieces and skewered on a crowbar by the side of a road in Jakarta.

Many of Henyansyah’s victims were homosexual men, who were murdered between 2006 and 2008. Described as sadistic and possibly insane, he was found guilty of murdering and dismembering Hery Santoso who offered to pay Henyansyah if allowed to have sex with the crazed man’s boyfriend He also confessed to the murder of another 10 victims including a mother and her three-year-old daughter.

Others cite that Henyansyah was certainly not insane at the time of the killings and that he was well aware of the crimes he was committing. While it is known that Henyansyah felt some fear following each killing. when he remained undetected he continued to search for new victims.

Henyansyah was born in the agricultural region of Jombang, where religious beliefs are often strong. At the age of 10 he began displaying signs of mental instability and grew increasingly violent. His earlier victims, while still living close to his hometown, were all attacked in a short space of time, following the break up of a relationship with another young man who went on to marry a local girl. Henyansyah was diagnosed as a sociopath with anti-social personality disorder. He had never got on well with either his parents or his siblings and Henyansyah has indicated he thinks he is “special” and has shown signs of narcissistic personality disorder.

He was nicknamed the “Singing Serial Killer” for his singing both in court and in prison. Also known as Ryan, Henyansyah published his autobiography in 2009 and, the following year, married convicted drug dealer Eny Wijaya in order to fulfill his mother’s wish that he marry a woman. Although it was reported that Henyansyah’s death sentence would be appealed, should that fail he would undoubtedly face the firing squad.

Java - Indonesia 

The Indonesian island of Java was formed mainly by a series of volcanic eruptions, and now features an east-west chain of volcanoes through the islands centre. The most well known of the volcanoes is Mount Bromo, in Eastern Java. The name Bromo derives from the Javanese pronunciation of the Hindu God Brahma. Mount Bromo is a very active volcano, last erupting in 2015, and before that, in 2011. 

The main languages spoken on the island of Java are Javanese and Indonesian. The nations Capital, Jakarta, is located in the far west, on the northern coast. 

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Mt. Bromo volcano in East Java is the active cone inside the giant Tengger caldera, one of Indonesia’s most scenic locations destination in East Java, famous for its magnificient sunrise views and the panorama over the caldera with Semeru volcano in the background.

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Ganesha Shrine at the Edge of Mt. Bromo Crater
Mount Bromo, East Java, Indonesia (via Instagram: artandact)

The temple organises the annual Yadnya Kasada ceremony which lasts for about one month. On the 14th day, the Tenggerese congregate at Pura Luhur Poten to ask for blessings from Ida Sang Hyang Widi Wasa and the God of Mahameru (Mount Semeru).
Then the crowd proceeds along the crater edges of Mt Bromo where offerings are thrown into the crater. wiki

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Video of the Malang Zine Fair, which took place on July 24th, 2016 in Malang, Indonesia

Tourism is no less interesting, located on the border between Banyuwangi and Bondowoso East Java province is the mountain or crater of Ijen. Ijen is one of the active volcano in Indonesia. Mount Ijen has 2,368 meters above sea level high. Kawah Ijen crater which is a tar-acid in the world has a depth of about 200 meters and wide crater about 5,466 hectares. To enjoy the beauty of Ijen crater takes about 2 hours, but it was comparable to what can be obtained for the Ijen crater offers the charm of outstanding natural beauty, especially when watching the blue flame / Ijen BlueFire / Tourism bluefame phenomenal crater.

The crater has a depth of approximately 300 meters below kalderaKawah wall with an area of 20 sq km caldera surrounded by walls as high as 300-500 meters. Additionally, acids which exist in craters near zero with temperatures reaching 200 degrees Celsius, which means the water crater enough to melt even the clothes of the human body in a short time.

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Near the village of Cemoro Lawang, Bromo tengger semeru national park, East Java. 2017