Peter Kurten - The Vampire of Dusseldorf
Peter Kurten, known as the "Vampire of Dusseldorf" was a German serial killer responsible for nine killings, seven attempted murders, and fifty-three other attacks. Growing up in a horribly violent household, it would seem Kurten was born into a life of mental instability and life long abominations. An avid arsonist, Kurten explained himself by exclaiming, "When my desire for injuring people awoke, the love of setting fire to things awoke as well." Not only was Kurten a brutal murderer and arsonist, he was also a sexual deviant, targeting young children as his victims. Kurten was arrested for his crimes in May 1930 and was given the death penalty. Guillotined in 1932, Kurten's death was celebrated by the residents of Dusseldorf, Germany.
Bit of trivia: The Fritz Lang film "M" was based on Peter Kurten. The 1995 thriller movie, Copycat, the character of killer Peter Foley disguised his identity by calling himself Peter Kurten.