NUSADAILY.COM – BLITAR – Between the 60-70s, Indonesia was shocked by the actions of Kusni Kasdut and her gang. At that time Kusni became a very determined gangster leader. He acted in open ways and did not hesitate to shoot the target. Why Kusni Kasdut can do such desperation. This is the story.
Adapted from ini.com and wikipedia, Kusni Kasdut (died on 16 February 1980) was an Indonesian criminal known for robbing 11 gems at the Elephant Museum on May 31, 1961.
His real name is Waluyo, born as a poor young man, the son of a poor farmer in Blitar, East Java. During the Republic of Indonesia’s independence revolution, he was joined unofficially as a paramilitary army who worked hand in hand with the TNI.
When the revolution ended, Kusni Kasdut was confused. The chaos allowed him to marry an Indo girl from a middle class family, who later changed her name to Sri Sumarah Rahayu Edhiningsih.
A wife that he loved, he was proud of, and therefore gave birth to the determination to please him with a decent life. While since birth, Kusni has always struggled with poverty.
Kusni continues to look for work. However, either because he hoped too high, or what, he received was nothing but a series of failures.
Armed with experience during the revolution of ’45, he also
tried to enlist in the TNI. Unfortunately, he was again rejected. Not only
because Kusni was not officially registered as a unit, he was also physically
handicapped. His left leg was slightly lame when he was hit by a shot that he
received during the war.
He later became friends with Bir Ali. The man nicknamed Ali is a man of Arab descent from small Cikini (now the area around Sofyan Hotel), the ex-husband of singer Ellya Khadam. His full name is Muhammad Ali, nicknamed Bir Ali because he likes to drink beer before taking action.
Later, Muhammad Ali was sentenced to death on February 16, 1980 for killing Ali Badjened, a wealthy Arab, while robbing his home.
When Kusni entered, the gang already consisted of Ali, Usman, Mulyadi and Abu Bakar. The three of them gave leadership positions because they saw the leadership talent Kusni Kasdut possessed. Slowly but surely, one by one crime finally felt Kusni as a sweet fruit that made him addicted.
Even the jeweran of someone he respected, Subagio, his senior during the revolution, did not work.
Worse, the experience of being caught by the Dutch during the revolution made Kusni view prison as a place of torture. Therefore, to avoid arrest that ended in prison, he was willing to kill his victims if he felt he had to.
Kusni, then looks like a bloodthirsty monster. Armed with a pistol, in the 1960s, Kusni and Bir Ali robbed and killed a wealthy Arab named Ali Badjened.
Ali Badjened was robbed in the afternoon when he had just left his residence in the Awab Alhajiri area, Kebon Sirih. He died right away as a result of a bullet fired by Ali from a jeep. The robbery at that time was very shocking.
One year later, on May 31, 1961, Jakarta was in an uproar again. It was because the Indonesian National Museum (Gedung Gajah) was robbed by the Kusni Kasdut mob.
Like a movie, Kusni, who was wearing a jeep and wearing a police uniform, took visitors hostage and shot dead a museum officer.
In the reckless action he carried away 11 items of museum collections. Soon Kusni Kasdut became a famous fugitive.
For many years on the run, Kusni Kasdut was caught while trying to pawn his robbery in Semarang. The pawnshop officer is suspicious because of its unusual size. Finally he was arrested, thrown in prison and sentenced to death for a series of crimes.
In his time, Kusni was an antique specialist criminal. His story as a cold-blooded villain was not only remembered by the victims or the victims’ families. He was also nicknamed Robin Hood Indonesia, because it turned out that his robberies were often distributed to the poor.
In fact, around 1979, a media carried a serial story titled “Kusni Kasdut”. The story had become the idea of the song God Bless, “Good Morning Indonesia” on the album Mirror. The lyrics of the song were written by Theodore KS, a music journalist.
In the last days of his life, Kusni repented and regretted the mistakes he had made. That’s because his introduction in prison with a Catholic religious leader. He also decided to become a loyal follower, and was baptized with the name Ignatius Waluyo.
Before being executed, some of the things Kusni requested were fulfilled. He enjoyed his last nine hours in the Kalisosok Prison Catholic service room, surrounded by his family members: Sunarti (his second wife), Ninik and Bambang (son of his first wife), Edi (son-in-law, husband of Ninik) and his two grandchildren, son of Ninik.
Kusni also enjoyed the last meal with side dishes of capcai, noodles and fried chicken. (aka)