"After my head has been chopped off, will I still be able to hear, at least for a moment, the sound of my own blood gushing from my neck? That would be the pleasure to end all pleasures". This where the words of Peter Kürten moments before his execution.
Even as a teenager, Peter Kürten committed numerous petty crimes like theft. Before he was 10 years old, Kürten claimed to murder two of his schoolmates. According to Michael Newton, author of The Encyclopedia of Serial Killers, Kürten said he pushed a school friend who couldn’t swim off a log raft. He also said that when another friend tried to save the drowning kid, he drowned the kid by suffocating him—both deaths were initially ruled accidental.
Peter Kürten was known as the “Vampire of Düsseldorf” and committed a series of sexual assaults between February and November of 1929. He was eventually given nine death sentences for nine charges of murder, and executed through a guillotine. Kürten was a sadist who derived sexual pleasure out of the pain and suffering of others. Right before getting executed, Kürten asked if he would be able to hear the sound of blood coming from his neck, as one of the “pleasure[s] to end all pleasures.”