Man insists: I didn't kill my wife

2012-10-28 09:37

Cape Town – The husband of a murdered Kleinmond guesthouse owner insists that he did not kill his wife.

This follows after he failed a polygraph test when he was questioned about the mysterious murder, reported Rapport .

The peaceful coastal town of Kleinmond was shocked by the brutal murder of Christa Ross, 59, who was killed on 31 August.

She apparently fought back so viciously that nine of her fingernails were pulled out by the murderer to prevent a DNA link to him.

Police questioned the victim’s husband, Abraham “Rossie” Foss, 61, about scratches to his arm and bruises on his stomach.

“Yes, I failed the polygraph but how do you pass such a test?” asked Ross.

“I am in a state of mourning, my nerves are shot. It’s hell. I also had to undergo HIV and medical tests.”

A sheet, his wife’s BlackBerry and her engagement ring were stolen.

Ross left his home at about 03:45 on the night of the murder to fly to Johannesburg for work.

Ross said he had gone onto the internet since the murder to look for love due to loneliness and was using medication for depression.

He was living with his son in Cape Town.


  • johan.jacobs.5680 - 2012-10-28 09:48

    Failing a polygraph test can't be conclusive,they'l need more evidence for conviction.

      ray.molekoa.5 - 2012-10-28 10:10

      I agree with you ! About 4 of us once passed a polygraph test where we were responsible and I don't believe this should be used as conclusive tool of evidence to convict anybody . A lot of innocent people are languishing in jail due to this kind of evidence used to convict them .

      deon.louw.7505 - 2012-10-28 10:27

      I agree, but he sounds guilty. He should be still in mourning, not looking for love so quickly.

      johan.jacobs.5680 - 2012-10-28 10:28

      I'm defending the system not the person.

      helio.paulo.7 - 2012-10-28 10:38

      Polygraphs are hocus pocus rubbish and there a loads of people out there making a living from this so called integrity testing, its a big scam

      johan.jacobs.5680 - 2012-10-28 10:40

      Their are more reliabble lie detecror's tests coming up in the neurological field,than the Polygraph.

      lownabester - 2012-10-28 11:13

      He's a liar, why look at online dating sites 2 months after your wife was murdered. I am around the corner from this diot. GUILTY AS Sin!!!

      scouter.fourone - 2012-10-28 11:43

      My money would be him being guilty - who steals a sheet other than to get rid of damning evidence? No explanation for the scratches and bruising given in the report either. As for the inappropriate on-line dating ....... and flying out of town on the night. Pulling the finger nails isn't the sought of thing common criminals resort to either - just saying.

      luther.kingsley.5 - 2012-10-28 13:39

      Although polygraph is not conclusive, I have seen studies were controlled groups tried to "fool" the polygraph and none succeeded, it is extremely accurate.

      blue.spheric - 2012-10-28 15:18

      SCOUTER...I AGREE!!!! everything you mentioned I thought when reading this article...this guy is bloody incredible. He asks how one passes polygraph tests...quite easily actually, by TELLING THE TRUTH!! Lonliness....BULL S%^T!!! how can you say you are 'lonely' barely two months after your supposed 'loved one and partner' has been MURDERED?? I am going to be watching this space like a hawk...just to rove to myself that ALL my suspicions were correct!!

  • nnyana.madumo - 2012-10-28 09:49

    Looking for love; worried about HIV; throwing a false pity party it sounds like..

  • carolyn.dewrance - 2012-10-28 09:51

    Ross said he had gone onto the internet since the murder to look for love due to loneliness and was using medication for depression. Who wants a depressed man like you in their beds. you may just to it to them.

      johan.jacobs.5680 - 2012-10-28 10:16

      Please sister,the man is only been charged with murder not convicted of.If their is money,he'll get a lot of company.

      Lucyfire - 2012-10-28 10:36

      Who looks for love 2 months after the brutal murder of their wife? Ladies, these are the men prowling internet dating sites.

  • veldt66 - 2012-10-28 10:17

    Just admit it b4 poor innocent people get blamed for yr deeds.

  • Ntsiki Gebuza - 2012-10-28 10:18

    He sounds very suspicious to me,He knows more than hes telling the police.

      dexter.morganson - 2012-10-28 17:29

      Someone's been watching a lot of tv

  • louiseroger.higham - 2012-10-28 10:24

    Hang the sod

  • bless.boswell - 2012-10-28 10:26

    His wife died less than 2 months ago and he's lurking on the Internet looking for nookie - does not sound respectful at all. It's a known fact that it takes a spouse around 4 years to deal with a loss such as this ... Don't think he cares at all!

      dexter.morganson - 2012-10-28 17:30

      So because he's not sitting around for 4years(show these facts please) he's somehow guilty?

  • nyiko.ngobeni.5011 - 2012-10-28 10:27

    I Smell a rat here. Why worry about HIV when u were married till few months ago? And not even grieving but looking for love already? He's guilty. Just a matter of time

      wiseman.moholi - 2012-10-28 10:33

      His days are numbered as a free man. He can run but cannot hide. Truth will come out soon.

  • ForeverWP - 2012-10-28 10:29

    How many common murderers are that intelligent to remove the fingernails. He is a guilty as hell!

      Bundubabe - 2012-10-28 11:47

      He's been watching too much CSI!

  • deon.louw.7505 - 2012-10-28 10:32

    Most violent deaths on women in SA is done by theire partner / family or friends. Let us hope this is different this time?

  • Leonore Engelbrecht - 2012-10-28 10:54

    already looking for love??? mmmm....

  • - 2012-10-28 10:56

    A polygraph is like a village witch-hunt. If the chap flew to Joburg at 3am, what was the time of the murder?

      Spittalsue - 2012-10-28 13:13

      The body was left in a bath of warm or hot water, which would make it difficult to establish the time of death. I would like to know what sort of work and training he has, this might link him to the murder.

  • johan.jacobs.5680 - 2012-10-28 11:05

    Lucyfire. An unhappy marriage does'nt, make you a murderer

  • johan.jacobs.5680 - 2012-10-28 11:09

    Ntziki Gebuz Bats make use of sounds, not courts.

  • mrp721 - 2012-10-28 11:09

    Failed polygraph - while that could be inconclusive, scratches on arm and bruising on stomach (very likely someone fighting you off of them)& already online looking for love???? Sorry, but I believe this guy is guilty!!! Agree or disagree, but that's my take on it!!!

  • Nhlanhlask - 2012-10-28 11:23

    You may find your way through the loopholes of polygraph test or justice system, but you conscience will remain guilty

  • rufus.manyama - 2012-10-28 11:42

    Hey,arrest the bastard,he failed polygraph test and he got some bruises on the stomach.He belongs to jail!

  • tshepiso.mooketsi.7 - 2012-10-28 11:47

    fortunetly a blackman is not a suspect or culprit on this1

      pmolesworth - 2012-10-28 12:29

      give us time... we'll get there somehow lol

      dexter.morganson - 2012-10-28 17:32

      only going to lock him up until we find someone darker.

  • thabojames.mohanoe - 2012-10-28 12:35

    only 3 people knw da truth, ie God,his wife and the guy himself. But i thnk he did kill dat innocent.

  • Spittalsue - 2012-10-28 13:10

    Be interesting to know what kind of work he does; why fly to Jo'burg at that time of the morning? The killers DNA WILL BE FOUND somewhere in the room, on the body, it will be found if forensics look for it carefully enough. He could not have loved his wife very much if he is looking for women online just a short while after her death!!Polygraph, schmolygraph, the best tests yet are for DNA.

  • siphom.mnguni - 2012-10-28 13:34

    I have investigated so many cases in my investigation career but I've never heard of polygraph test investigation. How do you submit the test results in court as evidence? Even the dragger which was touted as the quicker way to prove drunken driving cases failed the muster. The guy maybe involved or not but right now there is nothing linking him with the crime concerned. As of online dating, that is a load of rubbish. What happened to boy meets girl they fall in love and get married and live happily ever after? People could up their insanity to the dizzy heights and think it's a sign of intelligence while it's not. Online dating my foot.

  • Gatvol Griet - 2012-10-28 16:17

    Truly sad. It's been two agonizing lonely months since his wife died, surely every man would go look for comfort after sixty days... clearly the man is heartbroken.

      dexter.morganson - 2012-10-28 17:36

      What was the longest you were without a woman? Now don't be an idiot and tell me it was 30years before you had one...I'm asking since you first became sexual...what was the longest that YOU went without a woman? Majority of men won't last 2weeks or a month for that matter, for all we know he just falls into that majority. As for him being heart broken...again, How did you handle the loss of your wife, or wait, you didn't lose her? Everyone manages losses differently, could take years, could take weeks to live with it to a degree, could take months...for some it could never happen period. I'm sure there are guys out there that "loved" another woman faster than this WHILE they were still married.

      johan.jacobs.5680 - 2012-10-28 17:46

      Dis waar wat tannie se,en buitendien versky hy nie in n "Kangaroo Court" nie

      dexter.morganson - 2012-10-28 17:54

      O...I thought that was an oompie, my bad. Please exchange gender to suit your own specific. Point remains though.

      ester.venter.3 - 2012-10-29 06:46

      Its only sarcasm @johan...

  • anele.mveku - 2012-10-28 19:41

    Am no IO but it seems like this man had something to do with his wifes death, setting aside failing the polygraph test.

  • profesas1 - 2012-10-28 20:53

    May God grant the forensic investigator wisdom and strength to find overwhelming evidence against the old man so the court can reach for a verdict sooner, he is guilty already, how do u explain scratches on yo body??

  • Paul - 2012-10-28 21:07

    I wish people learn not to be quick to blame anc whenever a murder article appears on news 24,I know a murder is a very sensetive matter but we don't have to let our dislike for a particular party or colour cloud our judgement,

  • adair.cross - 2012-10-29 06:20

    Scratches and bruises,failing a polygraph.He is already looking for love on the internet? mmmmnn.....I think the police need to look closer at this.

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