A Serial Killer in Nazi Berlin

A Serial Killer in Nazi Berlin

The Chilling True Story of the S-Bahn Murderer

Book - 2014 | First edition
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For all appearances, Paul Ogorzow was a model German, but he also had a secret need to harass and frighten women. When, due to Allied bombing raids, a total blackout was instituted throughout Berlin, including on the commuter trains, he began attacking women riders. He began raping and murdering them, casually tossing their bodies off the moving train. It was up to Wilhelm Lüdtke, head of the Berlin police's serious crimes division, to hunt down the madman in their midst.
Describes the true story of a Nazi party member and serial killer who attacked women riding on trains at night in World War II-era Berlin.
Publisher: New York : Berkley Books, 2014
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780425264140
Branch Call Number: 364.152 SELBY
Characteristics: xxii, 294 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm


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Told in a somewhat dry and uninspired fashion - This true-crime book is still a fairly interesting read when you take into account its time and place in modern-day history.

This is the true story of mild-mannered, Paul Ogorzow who was a German serial killer and rapist. He was known as "The S-Bahn Murderer". And he was eventually convicted for killing a number of women in Nazi-era Berlin between October 1940 and July 1941.

During the height of World War II - Ogorzow (28 at the time) was employed by Deutsche Reichsbahn where he worked for the S-Bahn commuter rail system in Berlin. Using the routine wartime blackouts in the city as a convenient cover - Ogorzow committed several brutally vicious attacks of rape and murder over a nine-month period.

*Note* - This book also contains a 16-page photo gallery.

Nov 16, 2016

I agree with other reviewers that the writing style is a bit dry, but the info about practicalities of life for Berlin's residents during wartime was really interesting and not found elsewhere. Of particular curiosity is the paradox that the Nazis were killing, oh, millions of people at that moment yet had a hard time finding one murderer in plain sight. It's a bit grisly, but if you have been or plan to be in Berlin you will probably find it quite intriguing.

Oct 04, 2016

Good, but not great. While I found the sections dealing with press restrictions imposed by Nazi Germany that severely hindered police from arresting this serial killer, I wish more could have been devoted to the killer himself. Granted, information about him may be tough to come by, so the author relies of contemporary sources like John Douglas in attempting to put together this puzzle.

Jul 23, 2016

Not written as a police or mystery novel, this book is rather a dull display of repeated actions: Train-Woman-Attack-Kicked out of the Train. Again, again and again. Really dull repetitions. The sameness throughout the book. There should have been more insight from the murderer, like going inside is head while doing these acts. So, not very well written. More 'spice' or 'drama' should have been incorporated. Good idea poorly executed.

Jun 04, 2014

I have always been interested in stories about criminals who take advantage of exceptional circumstances to further their own ends, such as Erik Larson's excellent book Devil in the white city. The subject of this book, about a killer who used his position as a railway worker to attack women returning from their factory jobs, is quite interesting and the details of life in Berlin during the war are fascinating. However I found this author's writing style to be difficult to read. The writing is stilted and the tone quite pedantic. In the end, I found the writing so annoying that I gave up on the book.


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