Karl Denke a Prussian serial killer and cannibal who killed and cannibalized dozens of homeless vagrants and travelers from 1903-1924. Denke a 19th Century axe murdering cannibal The cannibal of Ziębice also known as Karl Denke mainly targeted travelers, he would skin and cure his victims to make leather products to sell off at the local market as well as door to door. An escaped victim, reporting that Denke had tried to murder him with an axe, lead authorities to Denke's house. Evidence of multiple acts of murder and cannibalism was reportedly found. One piece of evidence mentioned was a ledger of victims that held 42+ details about unique previous victims. Karl Denke was born on August 12, 1870 (See External Reference #4), as the second son of a relatively likely farmer in the village of Lower Silesia (the name could not be determined).
Serial Killer Karl Denke (aka) The Cannibal of Ziębice, Vatter Denke, was active for 16 years between 1909-1924, known to have ( 42 confirmed / 42 possible ) victims. This Serial Killer was active in the following countries: Germany
Karl Denke was born on August 12th 1870 in Oberkunzendorf, Münsterberg, Silesia, Kingdom of Prussia. Denke had multiple brothers. His father, a farmer, deceased, Karl (Age 25).
Denke a male citizen of Germany.
In 1909 (Age 38/39) Karl Denke started his killing spree, during his crimes as a serial killer he was known to commit acts of cannibalism, mutilate, and murder his victims. At the time of his crimes he was living with himself, a house at Teichstrasse No. 10 (now Stawowa). It was a gray, one-story building. Denke occupied the flat on the ground floor on the right, he rented the rest of the rooms., where Denke was known to work as a criminal, murderer, serial killer.
He was arrested on December 20th 1924 (Age 54), sentenced to never tried committed suicide in cell (hanging) at Münsterberg, Poland (Breslau, Germany at the time).
Karl Denke died on December 20th 1924 (Age 54), cause of death: suicide, suicide in jail cell (hanging) at Münsterberg, Poland (Breslau, Germany at the time). Karl Denke committed suicide on December 20th 1924 (Age 54).
Karl Denke has been listed on Killer.Cloud since November of 2016 and was last updated 2 years ago.
The unlawful killing of two or more victims by the same offender(s), in separate events. Serial Killer as defined by the FBI at the 2005 symposium.
Cannibalism is the act or practice of humans eating the flesh or internal organs of other human beings. Serial Killer Cannibals have been known to have ate a piece of their victim(s) body.
|Nickname:||The Cannibal of Ziębice, Vatter Denke|
|Victims:||42 - 42|
|Years Active:||1909 - 1924|
|Ages Active:||38/39 - 53/54|
|Life Span:||1870 - 1924|
|Astrological Sign:|| ♌ Leo |
Jul 23 - Aug 23
|Living With:||himself, a house at Teichstrasse No. 10 (now Stawowa). It was a gray, one-story building. Denke occupied the flat on the ground floor on the right, he rented the rest of the rooms.|
|Occupation:||criminal, murderer, serial killer|
|D.O.B.:||Aug 12, 1870|
|Birth Location:||Oberkunzendorf, Münsterberg, Silesia, Kingdom of Prussia|
|Father:||a farmer, deceased, Karl (Age 25)|
|Arrested:||Dec 20, 1924 (Age 54)|
|Sentence:||never tried committed suicide in cell (hanging)|
|Prison Location:||Münsterberg, Poland (Breslau, Germany at the time)|
|Death Date:||Dec 20, 1924 (Age 54)|
|Manner of Death:||suicide|
|Cause of Death:||suicide in jail cell (hanging)|
|Death Location:||Münsterberg, Poland (Breslau, Germany at the time)|
|Killed In Prison:||FALSE|
The 8 dates listed below represent a timeline of the life and crimes of serial killer Karl Denke. A complete collection of serial killer events can be found on our Serial Killer Timeline.
|Aug 12 1870||Karl Denke was born in Oberkunzendorf, Münsterberg, Silesia, Kingdom of Prussia. #18700812|
|Aug 12 1890|
|Aug 12 1900|
|Karl Denke started his serial killing spree. #1909|
|Aug 12 1910|
|Aug 12 1920|
|Karl Denke ended his serial killing spree. #1924|
|Dec 20 1924|
|Karl Denke arrested. #19241220|
|Dec 20 1924|
|Karl Denkedied.cause of death:suicide,suicide in jail cell (hanging)at Münsterberg, Poland (Breslau, Germany at the time). #19241220|
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|ate part of body||TRUE||451|
|killed in prison||FALSE||218|
|sex with body||FALSE||430|
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Karl Denke (February 12, 1860-February 22, 1924) was a Prussian serial killer and cannibal who killed and cannibalized dozens of homeless vagrants and travelers from 1903-1924. He is often regarded as "The Forgotten Cannibal", or "The Cannibal of Ziebice".
Karl Denke is included in the following pages on Killer.Cloud the Serial Killer Database