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Killing Rocks Charlize Theron’s Childhood Home — Again

Charlize Theron. Photo: Tony Shek.

When Hollywood A-lister Charlize Theron was a teenager living with her parents on a farm in Benoni, South Africa, her mother fatally shot her father in their home. Theron revealed in a 2004 interview with Diane Sawyer that her father, an abusive alcoholic, had come home from a night of drinking and was threatening to kill both Charlize and her mother, Gerda, with a shotgun. The court in Johannesburg ruled that the killing was in self defense and no charges were pressed against Gerda.

Now, police are investigating a brutal murder that took place at that same Benoni property Friday. ¬†According to police spokesperson¬†Nomsa Sekele, a gang of five robbers tortured and killed the current resident, Barry Newman. Police believe the robbers entered the property by claiming to be interested in buying a used car from Newman’s girlfriend. They then tied up a gardener and a housekeeper and ¬†forced Newman into the bathroom, where they tied him up and burned him with cigarettes and an iron before suffocating him with a plastic bag. No arrests have yet been made in the case.

Theron won an Academy Award for Best Actress for her portrayal of convicted killer Aileen Wuornos in the 2003 film Monster.

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