The VAM­PIRE of Dus­sel­dorf

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From 1913, Peter Kurten slit the throats of nine vic­tims and drank their blood for sex­ual kick. Kurten slaugh­tered in the Ger­man city of Dus­sel­dorf and used var­i­ous meth­ods so po­lice thought there were mul­ti­ple killers. When caught, Kurten claimed to have drunk so much blood af­ter one mur­der he was phys­i­cally ill. Even when he was ex­e­cuted by guil­lo­tine in 1931, blood was his pri­or­ity. His last words were: ‘Af­ter my head is 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.’

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