History of Infamous Cases of Mass Murder Part 2

About infamous cases of mass murder, history and facts of killers like Peter Kurten and Bruno Ludke.



In Munsterberg, Germany, he was the landlord of a rooming house in which he murdered 30 men and women and then ate them. He treated his victims like wine. After murdering them with an ax, he carefully pickled the meat from the bodies in brine and kept a detailed record of body weight, time of preservation, and condition-waiting for the moment when each would be ripe for eating. In 1924 an intended victim escaped from him and called for help. Denke was arrested. Before he could be tried, he committed suicide by hanging himself with his suspenders.


Arsonist, strangler, and amateur ornithologist, Kurten had spent 21 of his 47 years in jail. He would slip out at night while his wife was at work and lure servant girls to a park (he used cosmetics to make himself appear younger). From "playful" strangling he would proceed-if in the mood-to sadistic attacks with a hammer or a pair of scissors. He raped his victims only when they were dead, and often returned to masturbate at their graves. Arrested in 1930 after keeping Dusseldorf in terror for more than a year, he was charged with nine counts of murder and seven counts of attempted murder. Found guilty, he was guillotined in 1931. Fritz Lang's movie M is based on his case.


German criminal law (as Ludke himself was quick to point out) forbade indictment of mental defectives for murder. Thus, Ludke, who had been sterilized under the Nazi eugenics program after conviction for sexual assault, could not be prosecuted when arrested for murder in 1943. He was, therefore, sent to a hospital in Vienna, where he was used as a subject in medical experiments and soon died. Ludke had confessed to the murder-rape of some 85 women. The police believed his claim.


Crowning a successful career as doctor, thief, drug pusher, and local politician, Petiot added a murder chamber-a triangular concrete room-to his house in Paris during W.W. II. There he exterminated 63 Jews, resident aliens, and others induced to believe he would help them escape from occupied France. He gave them fatal injections-calling them "inoculations"-then shut them in the concrete room to die as he watched through a periscope. His motive was clearly profit, for the victims brought all their money and valuables with them. The remains of 27 bodies were discovered in 1944 when firemen responded to complaints of greasy smoke issuing from his private crematorium. Amazingly, the police allowed him to go free when he claimed that the bodies were those of Nazi collaborators. Petiot disappeared from town and joined the Free French forces under an alias. He was arrested eight months later and finally guillotined in April, 1946.

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