Rudolf Pleil

Der Totmacher, The Deathmaker

  Active for 2 years
(1946-1947) in Germany

10

CONFIRMED
VICTIMS

25

POSSIBLE
VICTIMS
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Rudolf Pleil a German serial killer known as Der Totmacher (The Deathmaker). Pleil was convicted of killing a salesman and nine women. Pleil claimed to have killed 25 victims.

Rudolf Pleil Serial Killer Profile

Serial Killer Rudolf Pleil (aka) Der Totmacher, The Deathmaker, was active for 2 years between 1946-1947, known to have ( 10 confirmed / 25 possible ) victims. This serial killer was active in the following countries: Germany

Rudolf Pleil was born on July 7th 1924 in Bärenstein, municipality of Germany.

Rudolf Pleil a male citizen of Germany.

In 1946 (Age 21/22) Rudolf Pleil started his killing spree, during his crimes as a serial killer he was known to murder his victims.

He was arrested on April 18th 1947 (Age 22), convicted on November 17th 1950 (Age 26), sentenced to life imprisonment at Penitentiary Celle. He was convicted on charges of murder and other possible charges during his lifetime.

Rudolf Pleil died on February 16th 1958 (Age 33), cause of death: suicide, hanging at Celle, town in Lower Saxony, Germany. Rudolf Pleil committed suicide on February 16th 1958 (Age 33).

Profile Completeness: 38%
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Rudolf Pleil has been listed on Killer.Cloud since November of 2016 and was last updated 1 year ago.

Rudolf Pleil a known:

Rudolf Pleil
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Updated: 2019-06-27 Collected by Killer.Cloud
General Information
Name: Rudolf Pleil
Nickname: Der Totmacher, The Deathmaker
Victims: 10 - 25
Years Active: 1946 - 1947
Ages Active: 21/22 - 22/23
Active Countries: Germany
Convicted Of: murder
Life Span: 1924 - 1958
Characteristics
Gender: Male
Citizenship: Germany
Sexual Preference: N/A
Astrological Sign: Cancer
Jun 21 - Jul 23
Birth Month: July
Marital Status: N/A
Children: N/A
Living With: N/A
Occupation: serial killer
Childhood Information
D.O.B.: Jul 7, 1924
Given Name: Rudolf
Birth Location: Bärenstein, municipality of Germany
Birth Order: N/A
Siblings: N/A
Raised By: N/A
Birth Category: N/A
Mother: N/A
Father: N/A

Cognitive Ability
IQ: N/A
Highest School: N/A
Highest Degree:

Incarceration
Arrested: Apr 18, 1947 (Age 22)
Convicted: Nov 17, 1950 (Age 26)
Sentence: life imprisonment
Prison Location: Penitentiary Celle
Executed: N/A
Previous Crimes: N/A
Previous Jail: N/A
Previous Prison: N/A

Death Information
Death Date: Feb 16, 1958 (Age 33)
Manner of Death: suicide
Cause of Death: hanging
Death Location: Celle, town in Lower Saxony, Germany
Killed In Prison: FALSE
Suicide: TRUE
8 Timeline Events of Serial Killer
Rudolf Pleil

The 8 dates listed below represent a timeline of the life and crimes of serial killer Rudolf Pleil. A complete collection of serial killer events can be found on our Serial Killer Timeline.

Date Event Description
Jul 07 1924Rudolf Pleil was born in Bärenstein, municipality of Germany.  #19240707
Jul 07 1944
(Age 20)
20th Birthday
1946
(Age 21/22)
Rudolf Pleil started his serial killing spree. #1946
1947
(Age 22/23)
Rudolf Pleil ended his serial killing spree. #1947
Apr 18 1947
(Age 22)
Rudolf Pleil arrested. #19470418
Nov 17 1950
(Age 26)
Rudolf Pleil was convictedand sentenced to life imprisonment at Penitentiary Celle.  #19501117
Jul 07 1954
(Age 30)
30th Birthday
Feb 16 1958
(Age 33)
Rudolf Pleildied.cause of death:suicide,hangingat Celle, town in Lower Saxony, Germany. #19580216
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Books that Mention Rudolf Pleil

Book: Her Darkest Nightmare (mentions serial killer Rudolf Pleil)
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Her Darkest Nightmare
Book: The Human Predator (mentions serial killer Rudolf Pleil)
Katherine Ramsland
The Human Predator
Book: Horror International (mentions serial killer Rudolf Pleil)
Steven Jay Schneider
Horror International
Book: The Mammoth Book of Bizarre Crimes (mentions serial killer Rudolf Pleil)
Robin Odell
The Mammoth Book of Bizarre Crimes
Book: THE FACES OF VIOLENCE (mentions serial killer Rudolf Pleil)
George B. Palermo
THE FACES OF VIOLENCE
Book: Forensic Psychiatry (mentions serial killer Rudolf Pleil)
Tom Mason
Forensic Psychiatry
Book: SERIAL KILLER MAGAZINE ISSUE 14 (mentions serial killer Rudolf Pleil)
James Gilks
SERIAL KILLER MAGAZINE ISSUE 14
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Tödliche Natur - Die Illusion vom Bösen

9 Books that mention Serial Killer
Rudolf Pleil

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1250076560 Her Darkest Nightmare 1
1101619058 The Human Predator 16
0814331017 Horror International 1
1849014361 The Mammoth Book of Bizar... 8
0398083517 THE FACES OF VIOLENCE 1
1597450065 Forensic Psychiatry 1
1312197943 SERIAL KILLER MAGAZINE IS... 7
374319211x Tödliche Natur - Die Illu... 2
3743971615 Die Spirale der Gewaltkri... 1

Rudolf Pleil (July 7, 1924 – February 18, 1958) was a German serial killer known as Der Totmacher (literally: "The Deadmaker"). He was convicted of killing a salesman and nine women, but claimed to have killed 25 people. Many of his crimes took place mainly in the Harz mountain range.

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External References
  1. Q110950 on www.wikidata.org, Retrieved on Oct 23, 2018.
  2. Rudolf Pleil on en.wikipedia.org, Retrieved on Oct 23, 2018.
  3. Juan Ignacio Blanco, Rudolf PLEIL on murderpedia.org, Retrieved on Oct 23, 2018.
  4. Der Totmacher Rudolf Pleil on www.daserste.de, Retrieved on Oct 23, 2018.
  5. Rudolf Pleil on www.serienkillers.de, Retrieved on Feb 18, 2019.
Internal References

Rudolf Pleil is included in the following pages on Killer.Cloud the Serial Killer Database

  1. #5 of 20[ Page 1 ] of Serial Killers active in Germany
  2. #6 of 34[ Page 1 ] of Cancer Serial Killers sorted by Confirmed Victims
  3. #7 of 41[ Page 1 ] of Serial Killers with birthdays in July
  4. #188 of 651[ Page 13 ] of serial killers sorted by Confirmed Victims
  5. #464 of 651[ Page 31 ] of the A-Z List of Serial Killers
  6. #507 of 651[ Page 34 ] of serial killers sorted by Years Active
  7. #518 of 651[ Page 35 ] of serial killers sorted by Profile Completeness
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