Peter Kurten (The Vampire of Dusseldorf)
The Gruesome Crimes of Peter Kurten
When we think of notorious serial killers, many names come to mind—Ted Bundy, Jeffrey Dahmer, John Wayne Gacy. But one name that is often overlooked is Peter Kurten—the “Vampire of Dusseldorf” who terrorized Germany in the 1920s. His gruesome crimes and depraved behavior shocked the nation and left a lasting impression on all who heard about his horrifying reign of terror.
Who Was Peter Kurten?
Peter Kurten was born in 1883, in a small town near Cologne, Germany. From a young age, he was known as a troublemaker and had issues with authority figures. He was sent to reform school at the age of 9 and later spent time in prison for theft and fraud. By 1929, Kurten had already become infamous for his gruesome crimes against women and children. He would stalk his victims before brutally murdering them—often strangling or stabbing them to death—and sometimes even drinking their blood after they were dead.
Kurten’s Reign of Terror
Kurten’s violent acts escalated until he became known as the “Vampire of Dusseldorf”. In total, he admitted to killing over nine people and attempted murder on several more occasions; however, some believe that there may have been many more victims that were never discovered or reported. During his trial, Kurten showed no remorse for his actions and instead said that it gave him pleasure to cause pain to others. He was eventually sentenced to be hanged for his heinous crimes on July 2nd, 1931.
The story of Peter Kurten is one that still shocks people today—his depraved behavior and disregard for human life is something we can all learn from as an example of what not to do. Although it has been almost 90 years since his execution, the memory of Peter Kurten lives on as an example of just how dangerous someone can be when they are willing to commit unimaginable acts without any regard for morality or consequence. The “Vampire of Dusseldorf” will always be remembered as one of history’s most notorious criminals whose legacy will continue to haunt us all forevermore.