Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Peter Kurten - The Vampire of Dusseldorf

Peter Kurten, known as the "Vampire of Dusseldorf" was a German serial killer responsible for nine killings, seven attempted murders, and fifty-three other attacks. Growing up in a horribly violent household, it would seem Kurten was born into a life of mental instability and life long abominations. An avid arsonist, Kurten explained himself by exclaiming, "When my desire for injuring people awoke, the love of setting fire to things awoke as well." Not only was Kurten a brutal murderer and arsonist, he was also a sexual deviant, targeting young children as his victims. It should be noted, that like most serial killers, Kurten could portray himself as kind and helpful to others, and one should always remember the wolf in sheep's clothing, which Kurten was. Kurten was arrested for his crimes in May 1930 and was given the death penalty. Guillotined in 1932, Kurten's death was celebrated by the residents of Dusseldorf, Germany. In the 1995 thriller movie, Copycat, the character of killer Peter Foley disguised his identity by calling himself Peter Kurten.
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  1. I have a question; Why was he called the "Vampire of Dusseldorf"?

  2. He admitted to drinking the blood of at least one of his victims, that's how he got a nickname.