Bruno Ludke Biography

Murderer(c. 1909–1944)
Bruno Ludke was a German serial killer responsible for up to 80 murders in the years leading up to WWII.

Synopsis

Finding pleasure in killing animals, Bruno Ludke began killing humans at age 18, stalking women in the years leading up to WWII, stabbing and strangling as many as 80, frequently raping them before and even after their deaths. During the war, Ludke was captured and sterilized. Rather than prosecute him, the Nazi’s used Ludke as a human guinea pig in their experiments, during which he died.

Serial Killer

His murderous career was particularly prolific in the years leading up to World War II, when, while working as a laundry truck driver, he stabbed and strangled as many as 80 women, frequently raping them before and even after their deaths. During the war authorities apprehended Ludke as he molested a young woman, and under the Gestapo leader Heinrich Himmler's orders, he was sterilized.

On January 29, 1943, he murdered his final victim, Frieda Rosner, and slipped into a state of severe dementia. The police accidentally discovered Ludke while conducting a routine investigation. In his madness he attempted to assault them, and was arrested. Once in custody, Ludke admitted to 85 killings, claiming rape was the main objective. Rather than prosecute him as criminally insane, the Nazis decided to use Ludke as a human guinea pig in their experiments, and Ludke died in Vienna on April 8, 1944, when an experiment involving lethal chemicals proved fatal.

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