In , the German city of Dusseldorf was afflicted by a horrifying series of brutal, random and often fatal attacks upon women and young girls. With weapons ranging from knives and hammers to his bare strangling hands, a shadowy predator left a mounting trail of sexual assault, carnage and murder in his wake, fomenting mortal terror amongst the local populace. Police finally arrested Peter Kurten, a convicted felon, in connection with the crimes; his subsequent confessions revealed a staggering career of evil, documented in at least 69 cases of theft, arson, rape, throttling, stabbing, hammering, hacking, mutilation, blood-drinking and corpse immolation spanning some 30 years. The report is illustrated by 8 pages of detailed and disturbing forensic photographs. Copy and paste this code into your Wikipedia page.
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Preview — The Sadist by Karl Berg. The Sadist by Karl Berg. The book was originally written in German. The first English edition was issued in , by Acorn Press. A second edition was published by William Heinemann Medical Books in All editions are quite scarce. The film by Fritz Lang, called "M", is alleged to have been based on the story of this serial killer. Get A Copy. Published by Acorn Press first published More Details Original Title.
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Oct 20, Ubik rated it really liked it Recommends it for: serial killer buffs. Recommended to Ubik by: crimelibrary. This is my single most-wanted book EVER. I would LOVE to read about him from not only a professional psychiatrist, but also someone who was there at that time interviewing him before he went to the gullotine. I tried going through ILL interlibrary loan to get this and so far its been the only request of mine to ever get denied.
Ive had it on my ebay saved search for years and nothing. If anyone knows where I could possibly obtain this one of the two English translated editions that would be A-mazing. I cant afford to keep it so I plan on reading it as fast I can, take notes, scans, etc and then relist it again.
I think of it like a very expensive library rental LOL. Actual review pending The first section is almost exclusively just hard autopsy data on the victims. I skimmed through that. Im in this for the psychosis, not how many cm each wound was, but if thats information another reader may care about, then yes, thats all here. One fascinating thing that Im discovering so far is that there is some information that is prevalent in other pieces of documentation that is being disproven here.
BUT, though that information is given here as well, there is documentation from the wife stating that he didnt offer himself up like that nor so quickly. To be continued View all 7 comments. Aug 13, Shelley rated it it was amazing Shelves: serial-killer , true-crime , psychology , psychopathy. The Sadist is a serial killer in the late 's in Germany called Peter Kurten.
The author is psychiatrist Karl Berg who spent over a year with Kurten who was very candid with Berg. The book covers the crimes as described by Kurten including what was going on in his mind at the time. The author offers great insight into Kurten and mentions when he thinks Kurten is being untruthful and why he is either trying to fool Berg or himself. The first part of the book is Kurten recounting the crime follo The Sadist is a serial killer in the late 's in Germany called Peter Kurten.
The first part of the book is Kurten recounting the crime followed by the second part where Berg analyzes Kurten in light of what was then known about sadism. This book will appeal to readers who are interested in the "why" of serial murder. It's not typical true crime.
There is no background to the victims and few details on the investigation. The reason why I gave it 5 stars is because it was well written, I learned a lot and I am super impressed with Berg being so knowledgeable especially considering it was written around It is considered a classic and I can see why.
View 1 comment. Not for the weak Great investigation of the murders committed by Peter Kurten, he Vampire of Duesseldorf, but very graphic and not for those with a weak stomach. The book provides an analysis of his crimes in great detail, including the rape and murder of young children.
I would recommend only to those with a sincere interest in serial killers. Jun 12, Al Williams rated it it was amazing Shelves: non-fiction. With any book on the subject of serial killers you need to sift through all the sensational, the self indulgent and blame to bring out any real insight. The Sadist is an exception. Kurten is surprisingly frank about his motivations, history, family life and crimes.
It's a shame that this book has such limited availability because it's value exceeds most tomes ten times its breadth. Like any book of its type, there remain many questions that go unanswered, but considering the time in which Karl Ber With any book on the subject of serial killers you need to sift through all the sensational, the self indulgent and blame to bring out any real insight. Like any book of its type, there remain many questions that go unanswered, but considering the time in which Karl Berg originally conducted the interviews and the prevailing professional attitudes at the time, The Sadist is a gem.
Deeply, deeply disturbing. A good book, but i suggest it only for a avid true crime reader. I gave this book 4 stars only because it has its moments where it is hard to keep up with.
That should be expected though as this book is just a translated version of the doctors files. I do suggest you read a book about this killer before you read this book, it will give you a back story and you will know some about what the Dr is saying.
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