Joachim Kroll Murders

By: Tiara Memeh

About My Killer

Classification: Serial killer

Characteristics: Cannibalism - Rape - Mutilation

Number of victims: 13 +

Date of murders: 1955 - 1976

Date of arrest: July 3, 1976

Date of birth: April 17, 1933

Victims profile: One man / Girls and women

Method of murder: Stabbing with knife - Strangulation

Location: North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

Status: Sentenced to 9 terms of life-imprisonment on April 8, 1982. Died in prison on July 1, 1991

Joachim Georg Kroll (17 April 1933 - 1 July 1991) was a German serial killer and cannibal. He was known as the Ruhr Cannibal, Ruhr Hunter and the Duisburg Man-Eater. He was convicted of eight murders but confessed to a total of 13.

Method and Motive

Kroll was very particular about where he killed, only killing in the same place on a few occasions years apart. This, and the fact that there were a number of other killers operating in the area at the time, helped him to evade capture. Kroll would surprise his victims and strangle them quickly. Afterward he would strip the body and have intercourse with it, often masturbating over it again. He would then mutilate and cut off pieces to be eaten later. Upon returning home, he would have intercourse again with a rubber sex doll he had for the purpose. He also apparently said he ate the bodies to "save on groceries"

Capture and Trial

Kroll was arrested for kidnapping and killing a four-year-old girl named Marion Kettner. As police went from home to home, a neighbor approached a policeman and told him that the waste-pipe in his apartment building had blocked up, and when he had asked his neighbor, Kroll, whether he knew what had been blocking the pipe, Kroll had simply replied; "Guts". Upon this report, the police went up to Kroll's apartment and found the body of the Kettner girl cut up: some parts were in the fridge, a small hand was cooking in a pan of boiling water with corm and potatoes and the intestines were found stuck in the waste-pipe.

Kroll was immediately arrested.

Trial and death

He admitted killing Marion Kettner and gave details bragging of 14 other murders and one attempted murder over the last two decades.

Kroll said that he often sliced portions of flesh from his victims to cook and eat them, claiming that he did this to save on his grocery bills. In custody, he believed that he was going to get a simple operation to cure him of his homicidal urges and would then be released from prison. Instead he was charged with eight murders and one attempted murder. In April 1982, after a 151-day trial, he was convicted on all counts and was given nine life sentences.

He died of a heart attack in 1991 in the prison of Rheinbach, near Bonn.