Wednesday 7 October 2015

Serial Killers: Fritz Honka

Born: July 31, 1935 

Number of victims: 4    

Date of murders: 1971 - 1974 

Method of murder: Strangulation    

Location: Hamburg, Germany   

Fritz Honka had a thing about his height, he also had a preference for oral sex, although he harboured a morbid fear of his penis being bitten during the act. Standing just five-foot-five, the alcoholic nightwatchman solved his twin problems by only using toothless prostitutes who were shorter than him. However, such were his insecurities that he immediately attacked anyone who made fun of his lack of inches, or of his sexual performance, as four Hamburg prostitutes would discover to their cost between 1971 and late 1974.

All of the women had been brought back to Honka’s attic apartment in St. Pauli. There they had gotten drunk and engaged in sex with Honka. However, in each case the encounter had turned violent, resulting in Honka strangling the woman.

Faced with the problem of disposal, Honka took the easy way out. He simply dragged the bodies to a crawl space and left them to rot. When neighbors complained about the stench, he blamed foreigners living in the building.

In January 1975, a fire broke out in the apartment block. Firefighters were summoned and as they worked their way through the building, they discovered four badly decomposed female bodies. When Honka arrived home from his night shift, the police were waiting for him.

Faced with irrefutable prove of his deeds, Honka admitted murder. He was sentenced to life in prison in 1975. Paroled in 1993, he died in an old age home on October 19, 1998.    
Read the full, horrific story of Fritz Honka, plus 23 more serial killer cases in 
  German Monsters. Available now on Amazon

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