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2005-08-19 10:33:08

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Former South African security policeman Gideon Nieuwoudt, who commanded the torture of anti-apartheid hero Steve Biko, has died at the age of 54 from cancer, SABC radio reported on Friday. Nieuwoudt was notorious as one of the apartheid government's most sinister operatives and was connected with several infamous cases which exposed the white government's brutality toward its political opponents. "Nieuwoudt was feared by the people that he interrogated,...


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barghest
  • A goblin in English folklore, often appearing in the shape of a large dog and believed to portend imminent death or misfortune.
  • A ghost, wraith, hobgoblin, elf, or spirit.
The origin of 'barghest' is not known, but it may be from perhaps burh-ghest, town-ghost, or German Berg-geist (mountain spirit) or Bär-geist (bear-spirit).
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