Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

Today in Crime History: Marion Ketter, 4, Disappears From Playground in Duisburg, Germany

On Saturday July 3, 1976, sweet little blond Marion Ketter, 4, went missing. By the next day, police had Joachim Kroll in custody after someone at #11 Friesenstrasse told a police officer that Kroll had warned that the toilet was plugged with “guts.” It turned out that the likable, but not very intelligent, Kroll, affectionately called "Uncle" by the neighborhood children, had a propensity for rape and murder, and a taste for human flesh that went back more than twenty years.

Today in Crime History: Joachim Kroll Kills Monika Tafel

On June 4, 1962, 12-year-old Monika Tafel was killed by Joachim Kroll. Kroll had grabbed her as she was walking to school. After Kroll had finished with her, he removed pieces from her buttocks and thighs.

Today in Crime History: Joachim Kroll Kills First Victim

On February 8, 1955, Joachim Kroll killed the first victim of his 20-year tear. Neighbors thought he was likeable, but not very smart, and the children, even those would become his victims, called him "uncle".

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