German serial killer; Peter Kürten was born on the 26th of May, 129 years ago.
He was born into a deprived family and was the eldest chid of 13, unfortunately, his father was an alcoholic and beat his children on a regular basis.
From the age of 9, he would regularly engage in acts of bestiality, first of all from having sex with dogs and then moving onto sheep and other farmyard animals. At this time he also found immense pleasure in stabbing the said animals whilst engaged in intercourse.
In 1899, Peter took up an occupation in petty crime, his father was also charged with an incestuous relationship with Peter’s sister, Peter ran away to escape the humiliation.
Kürten frequently got sent to prison, for sexual assaults on children, his first murder victim though was Christine Klein, she was sexually assaulted and stabbed whilst her parents worked downstairs.
He then went onto murder 9 year old Rosa Ohliger, who was stabbed 13 times whilst he climaxed during the vicious attack.
It was believed that Peter Kürten was drinking the blood of his victims and was nicknamed by police “the vampire of Dusseldorf” Police investigations were set back though when another “vampire” named Stausberg was placed in an asylum when it was thought he was the vampire.
Eventually, on the 24th of May 1930, he was arrested. And sentenced to death, he was convicted of 9 murders, sexual assault and arson. but his victims may be well over 30.
He was sentenced to the guillotine and died on the 2nd of July, 1931. Before his death he said that he “wanted to strike back at an oppressive society”.