Haarmann, Fritz


July 3, 2022

Friedrich (Fritz) Heinrich Karl Haarmann (also Haarmann, German Friedrich "Fritz" Heinrich Karl Haarmann, October 25, 1879 - April 15, 1925) was a German serial killer. Also called "The Vampire" and "The Werewolf of Hanover" in the press.


Born October 25, 1879 in the family of steam locomotive stoker Olle Haarmann. Everyone who knew Olle said that he was a gloomy man, not very smart, but too quick-tempered. Fritz, his youngest son, was afraid and hated his father, but he did not dare to argue with the formidable Olle. Fritz took out his anger on animals and younger children. He was in real danger of going to jail. Therefore, Olle secured his son's enrollment in a non-commissioned officer's school in New Breizak. Fritz did not show much zeal for study, but was considered a good soldier. During the service life, the command had no complaints about Haarmann. Then Haarmann was demobilized from the army. A couple of years later, for molesting children, he ended up in a psychiatric clinic in Hildesheim, but was declared incapable of answering for his actions. Haarman was not recognized as violent, and therefore his regime was free. In 1904, Haarmann safely escaped from the clinic and moved to Switzerland. For a while he wandered, ended up in the police a couple of times, and then returned to Hanover. The father was not happy about the return of his son. Olle and Fritz had a serious quarrel, and the son left the house. For some time he again wandered, living on odd jobs and thefts. Then he decided to return to the army. Serve in the 10th Chasseur Battalion, based in Colmar (Alsace). There is no evidence that Haarmann took part in the fighting in the First World War, but after Haarmann's dismissal from the army in 1918, he received a good pension, which allowed Fritz to open a candy store in Hannover. In his shop, Haarmann sold not only cakes, but also meat, which was not unusual in those hungry times.


The first victim of Fritz, 17-year-old Friedel Rote, whom the maniac met on the street and invited to live with him, quietly sent a postcard to his mother, in which he wrote that he was sheltered by a “good uncle” and indicated his address. It happened in September 1918. Rothe had no idea about Haarmann's psychopathy. He left his parental home without warning, and his mother for a long time �