Karl Denke (1970-1924) was suspected of first degree murder and cannibalism of at least 42 people between the years of 1914-1918, though he was arrested in 1924 for attempted murder, committing suicide soon after.
The photos are a selection of approx. 1200, likely belonging to the former German Institute of Forensic Medicine in Breslau, now Polish Wrocław. Professor Tadeusz Dobosz from the Department of Forensic Medicine at Wrocław Medical University recovered slides from pre-WWII criminal cases from garbage in the 1980s, which were later confirmed crime scene photos from the home of Karl Denke. They depict the human bones (note cute marks on bottom left), giant jars of curing salts, straps made from human leather, and Denke’s shed (later owners destroyed the shed after WWII, uncovering more human remains), human skin in stages of leathering and curing, and several worn instruments. The search through his home also yielded journals with names, dates, and weights of people assumed to be runaways, vagrants, missing, those passing through the now Polish Ziębice, whom were believed to be killed by Denke.
There is not a lot known about Denke or his victims, though many accounts characterize him as a well-liked church organ player in Ziębice. Lack of translation of German documents about the case and Denke’s hasty suicide have bred many misconceptions and rumours about what happened.
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