A Serial Killer in Nazi Berlin

  • by Scott Andrew Selby
  • Narrated by Don Hagen
  • 7 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

As the Nazi war machine caused death and destruction throughout Europe, one man in the Fatherland began his own reign of terror. This is the true story of the pursuit and capture of a serial killer in the heart of the Third Reich. For all appearances, Paul Ogorzow was a model German. An employed family man, party member, and sergeant in the infamous Brownshirts, he had worked his way up in the Berlin railroad from a manual laborer laying track to assistant signalman. But he also had a secret need to harass and frighten women.
Then he was given a gift from the Nazi high command. Due to Allied bombing raids, a total blackout was instituted throughout Berlin, including on the commuter trains - trains often used by women riding home alone from the factories. Under cover of darkness and with a helpless flock of victims to choose from, Ogorzow’s depredations grew more and more horrific. He escalated from simply frightening women to physically attacking them, eventually raping and murdering them. Beginning in September 1940, he started casually tossing their bodies off the moving train. Though the Nazi party tried to censor news of the attacks, the women of Berlin soon lived in a state of constant fear.
It was up to Wilhelm Lüdtke, head of the Berlin police’s serious crimes division, to hunt down the madman in their midst. For the first time, the gripping full story of Ogorzow’s killing spree and Lüdtke’s relentless pursuit is told in dramatic detail.

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What the Critics Say

“Scott Selby’s recreation of the hunt for the wartime S-Bahn Murderer meticulously recreates one of the most horrific but fascinating murder investigations of twentieth century Germany.”(Paul French, Midnight in Peking: How the Murder of a Young Englishwoman Haunted the Last Days of Old China)

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Interesting subject poorly told

This could have been a great cat and mouse story, but Selby's telling is plodding and repetitive.
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- Anna Jensen

Stress Free

Excellent narrator. His modulation describing crime was historical and didn't make you visualize gore; therefore, it was not stressful.

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- Ambie Sue

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-10-2014
  • Publisher: Gildan Media, LLC