Karl Denke

Karl Denke

Karl Denke, a well-liked Prussian man born in 1870, killed more than 30 people. In his old German town of Münsterberg, Denke was a local hero in the community who sold delicious meats at his market stall. Nobody questioned where he sourced his meat from as many items were still hard to come by following the devastation left behind following the First World War. When the police came knocking after a tip from one of his escaped victims, they were shocked to find pots filled with human flesh, human bones laid across the table, belts made from human skin and jars filled with body fat labeled as cooking oil. He confessed to selling his victim’s skin and flesh as suspenders and pork pickles from his stall.

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