July 29, 1600 Bavaria, Germany The Pappenheimer family is accused of witchcraft, tortured extensively, and burned at the stake The 17th century was not a kind time to any accused of witchcraft, but the Pappenheimers stand out for the amount of detail in their torture and deaths that have survived the centuries. Anna, the family… Continue reading Family tortured, burned at stake
July 26, 1941 Berlin, Germany German serial killer and rapist Paul Ogorzow is executed Ogorzow worked for the railway system, and took advantage of blackouts during Allied bombings to carry out his crimes. Early attacks were primarily focused on wives of men serving in the war. He would bludgeon, strangle, or threaten his victims with… Continue reading Man executed for preying on women during the blackouts from World War II
July 3, 1976 Germany Joachim Kroll is arrested for the murder of a 4-year-old girl after investigators find the girl's hand simmering in a pot Kroll's IQ was 76, putting him in the minority of serial killers. (Typically, those with lower IQs do not make successful serial killers as they do not possess the skills… Continue reading Serial killer and cannibal arrested following the murder of 4-year-old whose hand was cooked and intestines clogged sewer
Famous Last Words Peter Kürten Cologne, Germany July 2, 1931 "Tell me... after my head is chopped off, will I still be able to hear, at least for a moment, the sound of my own blood gushing from the stump of my neck? That would be the pleasure to end all pleasures." Kürten was executed… Continue reading FLW: will I be able to hear my blood gushing from my neck?
June 23, 1924 Hanover, Germany Fritz Haarmann is arrested for murder Haarmann committed at least 24 murder between 1919 and 1924, primarily targeting young male vagrants between 13 and 22 years old. His trial became sensationalized due to the graphic and animalistic nature of the murders, including biting through the necks of his victims, sometimes… Continue reading “The Vampire of Düsseldorf” arrested