Nothing says "Christmas" like a serial killer!
November 9, 2007 7:52 AM   Subscribe

What better way to evoke the Christmas spirit than with the picture of a vampiric serial killer?
posted by cerebus19 (21 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite

 
Wow........ and they want that as part of their history? I can hear the tour guide now " And on ze left is the shop where Handover butcher sodomized, killed, and ate over 50 young boys." I'm glad they didn't mess around back then. They put that sick bastard straight to death.
posted by Mastercheddaar at 8:01 AM on November 9, 2007


Hahaha, oh, that is wonderful.
posted by Pope Guilty at 8:02 AM on November 9, 2007


..alongside 23 other celebrities in the northern city, including philosopher Gottfried Leibniz and hard rock band The Scorpions.

I'd say it's the coolest advent calendar ever.
posted by Mamapotomus at 8:02 AM on November 9, 2007


"Although his appearance was, as the Hannover police stated, "far from evil", Fritz Haarmann entered the record books as Germany's most prolific killer."

Ehem.
posted by grobstein at 8:08 AM on November 9, 2007 [7 favorites]


That vampirism article is quite a read. Interesting, but also quite disturbing.
posted by Hicksu at 8:19 AM on November 9, 2007


grobstein: Well, it was 1924. So the record didn't stand for too long, I guess.
posted by cerebus19 at 8:22 AM on November 9, 2007


Why isn't there more uproar about the Scorpions?
posted by goatdog at 8:31 AM on November 9, 2007


Chilling stuff. The Scorpions that is.

I wonder if Haarman was the inspiration for Peter Lorre's character in M. The massive manhunt and the frightful atmosphere described in the article really resemble that magnificent movie.
posted by aldurtregi at 9:15 AM on November 9, 2007


This is an Advent calendar...so...you open one of the little windows and..."Here's Fritz!"
posted by PhiBetaKappa at 9:16 AM on November 9, 2007 [1 favorite]


So... was he really left-handed, or is this some kind of Jesse James-style artistic misdirection?
posted by rokusan at 9:59 AM on November 9, 2007


You know who else had a funny little moustache , spoke German, and killed lots of kids?
posted by geos at 10:11 AM on November 9, 2007


I don't see the connection with Xmas. Did he dress up in a Santa outfit with matching hatchet or something?
posted by sneebler at 10:22 AM on November 9, 2007


What better way to say "Soup's on!" than naming your cafeteria after a cannibal?
posted by MrMoonPie at 10:23 AM on November 9, 2007


Since Christ was a vampire, it seems only appropriate.
posted by doctor_negative at 10:41 AM on November 9, 2007


The Last Days of Christ the Vampiric Serial Killer.
posted by Astro Zombie at 10:43 AM on November 9, 2007


I wonder if Haarman was the inspiration for Peter Lorre's character in M.

Peter K├╝rten is often mentioned as an influence, though Lang and von Harbou apparently denied basing Lorre's character on any actual person.
posted by Kinbote at 10:47 AM on November 9, 2007


[redacted grossness]...He would then cut the flesh from their bodies, consume some of it, and sell the rest on the open market as butchered meat.

Holy fuck.

I mean, it messed up enough that you are doing these unspeakable things, but to then turn your neighbors into cannibals? That takes this to a whole 'nother level.
posted by quin at 10:53 AM on November 9, 2007


That made me laugh out loud. Too funny. I think it's hysterically funny to put a serial killer on the old Advent Calendar.

Clearly the city shares my black sense of humor.
posted by MythMaker at 11:07 AM on November 9, 2007


sneebler writes "I don't see the connection with Xmas. Did he dress up in a Santa outfit with matching hatchet or something?"

He has no special relationship with Christmas, nor does Liebniz or the Scorpions. They're just on the Advent calendar because they're famous Hannoverians.
posted by Bugbread at 11:12 AM on November 9, 2007


Wow........ and they want that as part of their history? I can hear the tour guide now " And on ze left is the shop


Shouldn't that be more of a "And on der left is the shop?" "Ze" is more of a french thing, ja?

And in case one of you want to get one.
posted by giantfist at 12:39 PM on November 9, 2007


Seems Hannover's in for a fair share of flak
This Advent by taking an uncommon tack:
Santa and skaters (the usual hits)
All sharing space with der blutige Fritz!
Just who did this job? Oh, some Saxony hack.
posted by rob511 at 7:14 PM on November 9, 2007


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