A Serial Killer in Nazi Berlin: The Chilling True Story of the S-Bahn Murderer

A Serial Killer in Nazi Berlin: The Chilling True Story of the S-Bahn Murderer

by Scott Andrew Selby


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A Serial Killer in Nazi Berlin: The Chilling True Story of the S-Bahn Murderer by Scott Andrew Selby

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 auxiliary signalman. But he also had a secret . . .
Due to Allied bombing raids, the Nazi high command instituted a total blackout throughout Berlin, including on commuter trains. Under cover of darkness and with a flock of helpless victims, Ogorzow escalated from simply frightening women to physically attacking them, eventually raping and murdering them, and even casually tossing their bodies off the moving trains. 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425264157
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/02/2014
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 1,208,491
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Scott Andrew Selby is the author of The Axmann Conspiracy: The Nazi Plan for a Fourth Reich and How the U.S. Army Defeated It, and coauthor of Flawless: Inside the Largest Diamond Heist in History. He has a law degree from Harvard Law School and a master’s degree in Human Rights and Intellectual Property from the Raoul Wallenberg Institute at Sweden’s Lund University, as well as a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies/Theories of American Culture from UC Berkeley.

Table of Contents

Map of Murders and Attempted Murders xiii

Map of Berlin S-Bahn in 1939 xiv

List of S-Bahn Stations on Key Route xvii

Chronology of Background Events xix

Dramatis Personae xxi

Author's Note on Sources xxiii

Prologue 1

Chapter 1 The Garden Area 5

Chapter 2 The Detective 14

Chapter 3 The Footrace 17

Chapter 4 Do Not Cry Yet 21

Chapter 5 A Blow to the Head 25

Chapter 6 A Family and Party Man 28

Chapter 7 The Blackout 35

Chapter 8 The First S-Bahn 'Attack 48

Chapter 9 The Investigation Begins 61

Chapter 10 The First Murder 67

Chapter 11 A Blunt Object 89

Chapter 12 Death on the Train 101

Chapter 13 Examining the Body 106

Chapter 14 The Kripo 112

Chapter 15 A Killing on the Ground 128

Chapter 16 Connecting the Garden and Train Attacks 132

Chapter 17 The Wrong Kind of Suspect 143

Chapter 18 The Rummelsburg S-Bahn Station 148

Chapter 19 Uniforms, Decoys in Drag, and Another Murder 161

Chapter 20 The Attacks Continue 170

Chapter 21 Volunteer Duty 176

Chapter 22 Push to Catch the Killer 183

Chapter 23 A Dangerous Gambit 192

Chapter 24 A Red Herring 200

Chapter 25 In Police Custody 207

Chapter 26 The Interrogation 216

Chapter 27 The Confession 221

Chapter 28 Excuses 228

Chapter 29 The Trial 236

Chapter 30 A Date with the Executioner 245

Epilogue 249

Acknowledgments 263

For Further Reading 265

Abbreviations 267

Notes 269

Index 279

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“On board an electrified speeding train in Nazi Berlin, Scott Andrew Selby reveals an equally electrifying story of the railroad employee who could not stop murdering.”—Robert Graysmith, author of Zodiac, Auto Focus, and Black Fire

“A unique and riveting historical account of a lone predator hunting in the shadows of World War II Berlin.”—Julian Rubinstein, author of Ballad of the Whiskey Robber

“[Selby] meticulously re-creates one of the most horrific but fascinating murder investigations of twentieth-century Germany.”—Paul French, author of Midnight in Peking

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