As the Nazi war machine caused death and destruction
throughout Europe, one man in the Fatherland began his own reign of
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 trainstrains 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.