Botolan amok case
Date April 26/27, 1874
6 p.m. – 5 a.m.
Location(s) Botolan, Philippines
Killed 2
Injured 12
Weapon(s) Axe

On April 26, and April 27, 1874 a man killed two people and wounded twelve others in Botolan, Zambales, Philippines, before being shot dead by police.

On the evening of April 26, at 6 p.m., the supposedly mentally ill man armed himself with an axe, entered a shop, and killed the shopkeeper therein by hacking her neck and skull. Back in the street he approached three playing boys, wounded them, and then hacked a man, who came to inquire upon their cries, twice in shoulder. The man next attacked a woman sitting at the door of her house, causing severe injuries to her neck and body, and afterwards left the village towards barangay Batonlapoc.

After injuring a man and a woman he had encountered on his way, the attacker went into a field, where he approached a man searching for buffaloes and wounded him by hacking him in the neck. He also wounded two boys riding on a horse, dragged them off the animal, and then mounted himself to escape into the jungle, wounding a man in the shoulder along his way.

The axeman was sought by police during the night but to no avail. At 5 a.m. the next morning he came across a man riding a buffalo, attacked him, and in the ensuing fight managed to seriously injure his victim, but not without getting wounded himself. He let off of the buffalo rider, continued his path and eventually encountered a man of about 60 years on his way to the river, whom he killed.

The man finally decided to return back home, but on his way ran into an armed force, led by the Under-Governor. Ignoring all orders to surrender, he attacked the troop by throwing stones, whereupon he was shot dead.[1][2]


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