Ethnicity Bugis

December 23, 1873
Ternate, Dutch East Indies

Cause of death Killed
Attack information
Date December 13/23, 1873
3 p.m.
Location(s) Ternate, Dutch East Indies
Killed 15-19
Injured 5-7
Weapon(s) Knife

Magu was a Buginese convict who killed at least fifteen people and wounded up to seven others in Ternate, Dutch East Indies on December 13 and December 23, 1873.[1][2][3]

On the afternoon of December 13, at approximately 3 p.m., Magu escaped from prison and went to the bazaar where he bought some tobacco. For unknown reasons he suddenly drew his knife and stabbed 19 people, most of them women and children, and afterwards fled into the wilderness of the mountains. Of his victims ten died the same day, while five more succumbed to their injuries the following, for a total of 15 fatalities, though according to some sources 22 people were stabbed 19 of whom died. Among those wounded was a child which was stabbed twice.

Magu was sought by a total of 250 men, including milita and the sultan's followers, and a bounty of 100 guilders was issued for his capture either dead or alive, however, he was not caught for ten days, a time during which the locals feared for his return. By sunset they barricaded themselves in their homes, guards were doubled, and patrols traversed the area.

Finally, on December 23 Magu broke into a farmer's house near Ternate, whereby he was observed by a young man. The lad's cries for help alarmed his father, who briefly managed to get hold of him, but Magu broke free, inflicted three slight wounds on the old man during the struggle and also injured one or two other mountaineers who had rushed to the scene. He was eventually killed by the sultan's men, who were already nearby, his body was mutilated, and decapitated. The head was then taken by a large procession to the Resident Musschenbroek to claim the reward and afterwards thrown into the sea.[4][5][6][7][8]


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