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A Serial Killer in Nazi Berlin

A SERIAL KILLER IN NAZI BERLIN
The Chilling True Story of the S-Bahn Murderer

SCOTT ANDREW SELBY

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Selby, Scott Andrew.

A serial killer in Nazi Berlin : the chilling true story of the S-Bahn murderer / Scott Andrew Selby.

p. cm.

Includes bibliographical references and index.

ISBN 978-0-425-26414-0

1. Ogorzow, Paul. 2. Berliner S-Bahn (Germany) 3. Serial murders—Germany—
Berlin—Case studies. 4. Serial murder investigation—Germany—Berlin—Case studies.
5. Berlin (Germany)—History—1918–1945. I. Title.

HV6535.G33B477 2013

364.152'32092—dc23

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FIRST EDITION: January 2014

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Dedicated to all the victims of the S-Bahn Murderer

CONTENTS

Maps

List Of S-Bahn Stations on Key Route

Chronology Of Background Events—August 1939 to July 1941

Dramatis Personae

Author’s Note on Sources

 

PROLOGUE

CHAPTER ONE:
The Garden Area

CHAPTER TWO:
The Detective

CHAPTER THREE:
The Footrace

CHAPTER FOUR:
Do Not Cry Yet

CHAPTER FIVE:
A Blow to the Head

CHAPTER SIX:
A Family and Party Man

CHAPTER SEVEN:
The Blackout

CHAPTER EIGHT:
The First S-Bahn Attack

CHAPTER NINE:
The Investigation Begins

CHAPTER TEN:
The First Murder

CHAPTER ELEVEN:
A Blunt Object

CHAPTER TWELVE:
Death on the Train

CHAPTER THIRTEEN:
Examining the Body

CHAPTER FOURTEEN:
The Kripo

CHAPTER FIFTEEN:
A Killing on the Ground

CHAPTER SIXTEEN:
Connecting the Garden and Train Attacks

CHAPTER SEVENTEEN:
The Wrong Kind of Suspect

CHAPTER EIGHTEEN:
The Rummelsburg S-Bahn Station

CHAPTER NINETEEN:
Uniforms, Decoys in Drag, and Another Murder

CHAPTER TWENTY:
The Attacks Continue

CHAPTER TWENTY-ONE:
Volunteer Duty

CHAPTER TWENTY-TWO:
Push to Catch the Killer

CHAPTER TWENTY-THREE:
A Dangerous Gambit

CHAPTER TWENTY-FOUR:
A Red Herring

CHAPTER TWENTY-FIVE:
In Police Custody

CHAPTER TWENTY-SIX:
The Interrogation

CHAPTER TWENTY-SEVEN:
The Confession

CHAPTER TWENTY-EIGHT:
Excuses

CHAPTER TWENTY-NINE:
The Trial

CHAPTER THIRTY:
A Date with the Executioner

EPILOGUE

 

Acknowledgments

For Further Reading

Abbreviations

Notes

Index

About The Author

Photographs

In the coming war we shall fight not only on land, on sea, and in the air. There will be a fourth theatre of operations—the Inner Front. That front will decide on the continued existence or the irrevocable death of the German nation.
HEINRICH HIMMLER, SEPTEMBER 1937
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LIST OF S-BAHN STATIONS ON KEY ROUTE

Ostkreuz

Rummelsburg

[Betriebsbahnhof Rummelsburg—
not open to the public during this time]

Karlshorst

Wuhlheide

Köpenick

Hirschgarten

Friedrichshagen

Rahnsdorf

Wilhelmshagen

Erkner

Fangschleuse

Hangelsberg

Fürstenwalde

CHRONOLOGY OF BACKGROUND EVENTS—AUGUST 1939 TO JULY 1941

1939:
AUGUST 23
Germany and the Soviet Union sign a nonaggression pact
SEPTEMBER 1
Germany invades Poland (widely considered the start of World War II)
SEPTEMBER 3
The UK, Australia, New Zealand, India, and France declare war on Germany; a German U-boat sinks an unarmed British passenger ship, starting the Battle of the Atlantic
SEPTEMBER 5
The United States declares neutrality regarding this conflict
SEPTEMBER 17
The Soviet Union attacks Poland
OCTOBER 6
Germany and the Soviet Union now occupy a divided Poland
1940:
APRIL 9
Germany invades Denmark and Norway; Denmark surrenders
MAY 10
Germany begins the invasion of Belgium, France, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg; Luxembourg is occupied
MAY 14
The Netherlands surrenders to Germany
MAY 28
Belgium surrenders to Germany
JUNE 9
Norway surrenders to Germany
JUNE 22
France signs an armistice with Germany
AUGUST 24
Germany accidentally bombs a church in London
AUGUST 25
The UK bombs Berlin
SEPTEMBER 7
The Blitz begins—Germany bombs London and other British cities on purpose
SEPTEMBER 27
Japan, Italy, and Germany sign the Tripartite Pact—establishing the Axis Powers
1941:
FEB 20
German and British land forces fight in Libya
APRIL 6
Invasion of Yugoslavia by Bulgaria, Germany, Hungary, and Italy
APRIL 17
Yugoslavia surrenders to Germany
APRIL 27
Greece surrenders to Germany
JUNE 22
Germany breaks its pact with the Soviet Union and invades it
JULY 31
Hermann Göring orders Reinhard Heydrich to plan the Final Solution of the Jewish question (i.e., the Holocaust)

DRAMATIS PERSONAE

KEY VICTIMS
ELIZABETH BENDORF
Attacked November 1940 on the S-Bahn
LINA BUDZINSKI
Attacked August 1939 in the garden area
ELISABETH BÜNGENER
Attacked December 1940 on the S-Bahn
GERTRUDE “GERDA” DITTER
Attacked October 1940 in the garden area
HEDWIG EBAUER
Attacked January 1941 on the S-Bahn

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