24 May - Mass murderer Peter Kurten has wife turn him in for reward money

‘The Vampire of Dusseldorf’ was a sadistic serial killer who nevertheless had his good moments. He may have raped and killed farmyard animals, children, women and men but he stopped for several years when he fell in love with and married a former prostitute. Three days before this date, however, he had narrowly escaped arrest and, realising his end was near, confessed to Frau Kurten. This was so that she could report him, claim the reward money and ensure her financial future... Read the full Peter Kurten Crime File

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