As the Nazi war machine caused death and destruction throughout Europe, one man in the Fatherland began his own reign of terror. This is the true story of the pursuit and capture of a serial killer in the heart of the Third Reich. For all appearances, Paul Ogorzow was a model German. An employed family man, party member, and sergeant in the infamous Brownshirts, he had worked his way up in the Berlin railroad from a manual laborer laying track to assistant signalman. But he also had a secret need to harass and frighten women.
Then he was given a gift from the Nazi high command. Due to Allied bombing raids, a total blackout was instituted throughout Berlin, including on the commuter trains - trains often used by women riding home alone from the factories. Under cover of darkness and with a helpless flock of victims to choose from, Ogorzow’s depredations grew more and more horrific. He escalated from simply frightening women to physically attacking them, eventually raping and murdering them. Beginning in September 1940, he started casually tossing their bodies off the moving train. Though the Nazi party tried to censor news of the attacks, the women of Berlin soon lived in a state of constant fear.
It was up to Wilhelm Lüdtke, head of the Berlin police’s serious crimes division, to hunt down the madman in their midst. For the first time, the gripping full story of Ogorzow’s killing spree and Lüdtke’s relentless pursuit is told in dramatic detail.
©2014 Scott Andrew Selby (P)2014 Gildan Media LLC
“Scott Selby’s recreation of the hunt for the wartime S-Bahn Murderer meticulously recreates one of the most horrific but fascinating murder investigations of twentieth century Germany.”(Paul French, Midnight in Peking: How the Murder of a Young Englishwoman Haunted the Last Days of Old China)
A well-written history of the case, mostly from the perspective of the police attempting to investigate it while being corralled by the political upheaval of the time.
This could have been a great cat and mouse story, but Selby's telling is plodding and repetitive.
PLOT: serial killer rapes and kills in World War 2 Berlin~
Berlin....and Germany is the heart of World War 2. Nazi Germany's capital city is in blackness due to bombing of Belin and a serial killer is using the darkness to KILL and rape women. People in apartments can have gardens on the edge of Berlin for food. A serial killer uses this to advantage. He takes to the "garden" areas at night and soon is molesting and killing woman. He gets a sexual high from the thrills of the sex and violence. He then progressing to the rail way and soon is tossing women off trains where also gets yes more sexual thrills. As his violence and kills add up the Berlin police finally get clues to who he could be. The Nazi Propaganda keeps the "killings" secret from the public to avoid discrediting the Nazi regime. but eventually the police use posters and word of mouth help develop a "early" profile of the likely killer. This is a good book some interesting thoughts into both the "early mindset" of a killer and the arrogant and secretive Nazis. Eventually the killer slips up but his cunning slips up his confessions leading to even more speculation of his crimes. Worth listing too once. Before DNA testing and criminal profiling the Berlin police use plain old leg work and logic to capture a killer.
I don't think would listen again. Story was good - to me - not great. Lots of good history about Germany during WWII, but didn't draw me in like I expected. Kind of like listening to a documentary and perhaps thats what it really is. But I expected it to be more like a story that would draw me in and leave me scared. Don't get me wrong, its a good story, interesting and all that, and I'm glad I bought it. Its just not interesting enough to me for me to listen again.
Main killer was the most dominate character. Has few others to pick from.
Nice reader. He's great.
Has good history about the life styles of the people and good insight into their way of thinking - considering the time and philosophy of the culture and people.
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