If you think about German mass murderers you inevitably see some blokes in uniform before your inner eye*. But I do not want to speak about the professionals of the last incredibly brutal century.
I remember names like Fritze HAARMANN (Ger., Eng.) (1879-1925), Peter KÜRTEN (Ger., Eng.) (1883-1931), Karl DENKE (Ger., Eng.) (1870-1924) or Jürgen BARTSCH (1946-1976) (Ger., Eng.) – especially the latter, because there was always rumour that his death on the op-table was not so much of an accident. I think most Germans my age will never have heard the name Ernst August WAGNER. Or DENKE (Ger., Eng.), who was one of the worst Menschenfresser this earth has ever seen and who makes this Hannibal Lecter-figure look like a intimidated and shy altar boy. BTW I never understood what was oh-so-fear-arousing about the silent lambs, evil is frequently banal and without fanfare. HAARMANN may be known to a wider audience because of the film that came out some years ago; based on the original reports Götz GEORGE (Ger., Eng.) portrayed the “Totmacher” (Ger., Eng.; fillum), a gripping “Kammerspiel” that reminded one of the fact, that Götz GEORGE after all is really an actor – he did so many awful roles in TV that one could easily forget. And yes, he is the son of the old nazi actor Heinrich G. (Ger., Eng.) (who died 1946, when his son was just eight years old).
WAGNER (Ger., Eng.) starts the work of his day early on 4th of September 1913 by killing his wife. He smashes her skull and stabs her with a knife. Then he goes upstairs and butchers his four children, also with the knife. Must have been around five in the morning. He takes off his bloody nightdress and cleans himself.
The evening before he had spent chatting in the garden with the landlady, the widow of a school teacher; WAGNER is a teacher too, even director of the local school in Degerloch (Ger.) – since 1908 a part of Stuttgart. The house is still standing, few people know what has happened here.
WAGNER puts the 35 pennies for the milkman in front of the door; he writes “Excursion to Ludwigsburg” on the slate they have hanging on their appartement door, so nobody will ask or wonder about the unusual silence – they are simply gone. He goes into the cellar and grabs his Rucksack, containing all what he needs for the day, takes his beloved bicycle, the “Elberfelder”, and off he goes – auf zu neuen Ufern. He calls out to a neighbour he sees: “Morgen spricht von mir die ganze Welt!” – “Tomorrow the whole world will talk about me!”
He’s not wrong about it.
* I think this more or less funny man BRAND remarked lately that Hugo Boss produced these uniforms. This is nothing new btw, the company itself sponsored a historical study about its history some years ago. Hugo Boss joined the party in 1932 and was a supporter of the “new system” that secured the survival of his factory, which had serious financial troubles before 1933. During the war they employed of course “Fremdarbeiter”, people who were forced to work in the “Reich”. Boss personally took care for some of them, while others in his workforce openly harassed these people. So all in all the picture is non-uniform.