Peter Kürten

1883 - 1931

Peter Kürten

Peter Kürten (German: [ˈpeːtɐ ˈkyːʁtən]; 26 May 1883 – 2 July 1931) was a German serial killer known as both The Vampire of Düsseldorf and the Düsseldorf Monster, who committed a series of murders and sexual assaults between February and November 1929 in the city of Düsseldorf. In the years before these assaults and murders, Kürten had amassed a lengthy criminal record for offenses including arson and attempted murder. He also confessed to the 1913 murders of a nine-year-old girl in Mülheim am Rhein and a 17-year-old girl in Düsseldorf.Described by Karl Berg as "the king of the sexual perverts," Kürten was found guilty of nine counts of murder and seven counts of attempted murder for which he was sentenced to death by beheading in April 1931. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Peter Kürten has received more than 1,347,190 page views. His biography is available in 21 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 27th most popular extremist.

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Among EXTREMISTS, Peter Kürten ranks 27 out of 182Before him are Zodiac Killer, Cleon, Jim Jones, John Wayne Gacy, Amon Göth, and Charles Ponzi. After him are Mehmet Ali Ağca, Luis Carrero Blanco, George Stinney, Ayman al-Zawahiri, Otto Ohlendorf, and Andreas Baader.

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Among people born in 1883, Peter Kürten ranks 35Before him are Norman Haworth, Archduchess Elisabeth Marie of Austria, Nina Ricci, Wang Jingwei, A. S. Neill, and Alexander Vasilyevich Alexandrov. After him are Douglas Fairbanks, Erich Heckel, Mohammed Nadir Shah, Döme Sztójay, Giovanni Messe, and Alexander Yegorov. Among people deceased in 1931, Peter Kürten ranks 20Before him are Carl Nielsen, Omar Mukhtar, Theo van Doesburg, F. W. Murnau, Joseph Joffre, and Hermann Müller. After him are Armand Fallières, Nathan Söderblom, Eugène Ysaÿe, Akseli Gallen-Kallela, Carin Göring, and Kitasato Shibasaburō.

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Among people born in Germany, Peter Kürten ranks 563 out of 3,763Before him are Hugo Junkers (1859), Louise of Hesse-Kassel (1817), Louise Mountbatten (1889), Sepp Maier (1944), Matthias Jakob Schleiden (1804), and Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck (1870). After him are Elizabeth Alexeievna (1779), Matilda of Ringelheim (894), Wolfgang Petersen (1941), Johann Stamitz (1717), Max Schmeling (1905), and Frei Otto (1925).