26 May - Zoophile Peter Kurten 'The Vampire of Dusseldorf' is born

"If he did become a victimiser of the innocent, it must be remembered that he began life as an innocent victimised". This analysis of Kurten, one of the first serial killers to be examined in detail by a criminal psychiatrist, refers to the extreme poverty and depravity of his upbringing. He treated his victims in an equally extreme manner. He either raped, ate, tortured or killed his victims, often all four, who were either animals, children, men or women. He died asking for forgiveness... Read the full Peter Kurten Crime File

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