FRITZ HAARMAAN ( Photo’s to the left)
Fritz Haarmaan was a German serial killer born on October 25, 1879 in Hanover, Germany. Haarmaan committed at least 24 murders between 1918 and 1924 but was thought to have killed 27, though Haarmaan himself claimed to have killed “somewhere between 50 and 70.” Haarmaan killed his victims by clamping his teeth on their throats and biting through their windpipes. He then drank their blood, thus giving his the nickname the “Vampire of Hanover” or the “Butcher of Hanover.”
Haarmaan was executed on April 15, 1925. Before the blade of the guillotine dropped, Haarmaan spoke his last words, these words being “I repent, but I do not fear death.” Scientists wished to examine Haarmaan’s brain, and so his decapitated head was placed in a jar. It is now kept at the Göttingen Medical School.
Peter Kurten was a German serial killer born May 26, 1883 in Cologne, Germany. He was guilty of killing 9 people between 1929 and 1030, though he was thought to have killed around 60. He had been dubbed the “Vampire of Dusseldorf” due to similar acts as Fritz Haarmaan, during Kurten’s confession he stated that he “sucked the blood from Ohliger’s temple.” (Ohliger being one of his female victims.)
He was executed on July 2, 1931 by guillotine in Cologne, Germany. His last words were “Tell me, after my head has been 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.”
Scientists examined irregularities in Kürten’s brain in an attempt to explain his personality and behavior. His head was dissected and mummified and is currently on display at the Ripley’s ‘Believe It or Not!’ museum in Wisconsin, Dells.