Famous Serial Killers-Fritz Haarmann
Fritz Haarmann , also known as the Hanover Vampire
Clinical vampirism is what most physiologists now say was the main mental disorder of Fritz Haarmann. Haarmann was institutionalized at one point in a mental hospital but he escaped. And for those of you who don't know clinical vampirism is the need to drink human blood. People who suffer from clinical vampirism are primarily male and they believe that the human blood gives them life enhancing powers and most also feel they are sexually energized by it. Haarmann would attack his victims and aggressively bite through their neck to get at their blood so it is no wonder he came to be called the Hanover Vampire.
Fritz Haarmann was born October 25th 1879 in Hanover Germany. He was the youngest of six children and was the favorite child of his mother. His family would later remember that as a child Fritz wanted to play with girl toys , and dolls , and he was caught often wearing his sisters clothing. It is further reported that his parents knew something was wrong and they would argue over his mental status and his strange behavior. His mother was his biggest defender and protector.
Haarmann did marry and join the military but after a few years he collapsed one day and was sent home from the military with a mental disorder. He had one son while married but he very shortly refused to have anything to do with either his wife or son. After his discharge from the military his father tried to get the doctor to send him back to the mental institution but the doctor said he didn't think the mental institution would help Fritz and so he was left to wander the streets.
Early on Fritz Haarmann committed petty crimes like theft and burglaries and did some jail time for his crimes. In 1918 Haarmann was living in Hanover where he met a man named Hans Grans. They started to commit murders together. Everyone around Hanover knew about Fritz Haarmann and his thing for young men and they knew there would be trouble when they saw him with young male prostitutes.
When Fritz Haarmann would get the young males to his apartment he would attack them and chew and bite through their necks to get at their blood. After he had killed them and drank his fill his friend Hans Grans would take over stripping them of their belongings and clothing and he would sell meat from them as pork in local markets. He would then dump the bones into a local river and the two fiends were so good at their murdering ways that they would eventually kill and dispose of at least 26 young men.
They were finally caught and prosecuted when several skeletal remains they had dumped in the river Leine washed up downstream and the police detectives started trying to find out who was responsible for the murders. Detectives quickly suspected Haarmann of being involved in the murders. He was placed under surveillance by police detectives and on the night of June 22 1924 Haarmann was caught trying to pick up a teenage boy at the local railroad station. He was arrested and his apartment was searched and his apartment walls were covered with blood.
Haaramann tried to say that the blood was from his job as a butcher but the police found all kinds of belongings of missing boys in the apartment and they told Haaramann that he was lying. Under interrogation Haaramann admitted his crimes and admitted that he had been abducting and murdering young boys since 1918. Haaramann told police he had killed somewhere between 50 and 70 young men but the police were only able to connect him to 27 murdered young men.
Fritz Haaraman was found guilty of murdering 24 young men and he was sentenced to death. His partner Hans Grans ended up with only 12 years for his part in the crimes and he lived in the Hanover area until his death in 1980. After his execution the whole entire head of Fritz Haaramann was preserved in a jar to be studied by scientist. Today his head is still at the Gottingen Medical School.
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