Hubert Headley
Hubert Headley
Background information
Born (1961-05-30)May 30, 1961

December 9, 1994(1994-12-09) (aged 33)
Buxton, Guyana

Cause of death Shot by police
Parents Hyacinth Arthur
Attack information
Date December 9, 1994
5 p.m.
Location(s) Buxton & Friendship, Guyana
Killed 6
Injured 3
Weapon(s) Machete

Hubert Headley (alias Baby Arthur, Peck, and Shine Eye) was a Guyanese who killed six people and wounded three others in Buxton and Friendship, Guyana on December 9, 1994, before he was shot dead by police.[1][2]


Headley was born on May 30, 1961 as the third of four sons of Hyacinth Arthur. He grew up in Friendship, and according to his niece, who was raised by his mother and went to school with him, his childhood was normal. He attended St. Anthony's Roman Catholic School in Buxton, then joined the Guyana National Service for two years, and used to play drums with the National Service Band in Cove and John. With a woman named Debbie he had a son, who was 13-years-old at the time of the murders, but they left him and moved away from the village many years prior.

After leaving the National Service Headley started to smoke ganja and later crack, which probably contributed to the decay of his mental health. He began to show signs of mental illness around 1983, or 1984, when he was committed to the observation ward at Georgetown Hospital. According to relatives and neighbours he behaved like a baby at the time, had to be bathed by one of his brothers, and threatened to rape his mother. He eventually escaped from the institution and returned home about two weeks later.

Headley frequently threatened the other villagers, including his mother, who repeatedly called police, but they rarely showed up, stating that they couldn't do anything, since he hadn't committed any offence. Around 1987 he hit his mother on the head with a cutlass, causing her to lose consciousness, and according to neighbours he attempted rape women on several occasions. He was an exhibitionist and once entered a house, where he gagged a girl, apparently with the intent of raping her. He also threatened a friend of his mother, who used to visit her often, with violence, and began to call her a "Bourda rat," until she told the man not to come to their house anymore.

In 1994 Headley was employed by the Guyana Telephone & Telegraph Company, but he left after about a month and then worked for a while as a security guard. He also made money by picking and selling coconuts, often begged his mother for money, and sold some of her belongings to finance his drug consumption. During his crack-induced trips Headley, a fan of British reggae-band UB40, often wrote disjointed and incomprehensible texts into an excercise book, some of which gave the impression of being attempts in song writing, parts of which read as follows:

"I got Jieasus on my mine
Who you tink would bie comeing"
"Warry murder Berbice you rum shop"

On the bottom of a page in his bible he also wrote the word "homiside" (sic). Headley was friend with two brothers named Goat and Errol, who were also addicted to drugs. One of the two was found dead in a house in November 1994, a couple of weeks prior to the murders. Around the same time Headley's mother and three children living with her spent a night with her daughter-in-law, after she became afraid of him, because he behaved strangely and went around the house in his shorts with an erect penis.


Exact sequence of events is unclear.

Around 5 p.m. attacked his mother with a machete at their home on 152 Middle Walk, Friendship, then went to chop a young girl, returned to mother, who tried to run away, hacked her again. Went to the neighbouring house of Otis Robinson, killed 2-year-old boy playing in the yard. Four other children escaped, attacked a girl standing at a lantern, she tried to escape, he caught her, killed her with chop in neck, Near Lot 150 he killed a dog with a chop to neck and Maude Hatton, attacked a boy on a bicycle, who managed to escape, then went to Buxton Company Path, killed two men, all victims except for the 2-year-old were hacked in the neck, their heads almost severed, had a history of mental illness, several months prior was in the observation ward of Georgetown Hospital, was shot dead by police when walking near train line, he was dancing and laughing. Was reported to police by his mother several times, the lst time on December 8, but they didn't take action [3]

Had a history of threatening villagers, including his mother, was a drug addict, used a canecutter's cutlass in murders, killed victims on a swathe of 400 yards, rampage lasted less than 20 minutes, police shot him four times when attacking policeman who tried to arrest him. Took cutlas from canecutter returning from work, chased Shawn Sullivan who jumped into a trench where Headley killed him. killed Dennis Jospeh sitting on a bridge on Company Line Path, near his home grabbed Islene Barrat, cut her with machete, when his mother approached him he killed her, had attempted to rape several women on several occasions, mother filed report to police the same morning, exhibitionism, once went into a house, gagged a girl, apparently wanting to rape her [4]

was born on May 30, 1961, after school spent two years at the National Service, after leaving started to smoke ganja, played drums with the National Service Band at Cove and John, showed no signs of mental illness until 1983 or 1984, when he was committed to observation ward at Georgetown Hospital, apparently because the drugs had made him mentally ill, he behaved lke a baby and was bathed by his brother, also threatened to rape his mother, he escaped from the institution and returned home two weeks later, one month prior his mother with three children, two of them were left there by their mother, who was in Antigua, they spent night with his sister-in-law, because Headley behaved strangley, walking around the house in shorts with an erect penis, she was afraid, during rampage chopped one of his nieces on shoulder (Barrat?), Mrs. Arthur had a friend that used to visit her, Headley threatened him when he called her a Bourda rat, had written the word "homiside" (sic) at the bottom of a page in his bible. When high on drugs wrote, Some of his disjointed writings in two exercise books seemed to be attempts in songwriting, Headly was a fan of Reggea music, some of which read: "I got Jieasus on my mine
Who you tink would bie comeing" and "Warry murder Berbice you rum shop", had a normal upbringing, went to San Anthony's R. C. school, was the third of four sons of Hyacinth Arthur, in 1994 worked for Guyana Telephone & Telegraph Company, but left after about a month, then worked as a security guard at a hy-mac, also made money picking and selling coconuts, had a 13-year-old son with a woman named Debbie, but they left him a long time ago, smoked crack begged his mother for money, sold her wares and bed sheets, hit his mother on the head with a cutlass around 1987, hang out with two brothers, also drug addicts, one of them died a month prior to murders [5]




  • Hyacinth Arthur, 59, his mother
  • Maude Hatton, 52
  • Dennis Joseph, 40
  • Semple Peters, 2
  • Shawn Sullivan, 18
  • Melissa Valentine, 7

Among those wounded were:

  • Islene Barrat, 9, his niece
  • Adesima Henry


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