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Honka: The Ripper of St Pauli 

Fritz Honka quietly lived in Hamburg's red light district of St Pauli, picking up elderly prostitutes for the price of a glass of schnapps and a bed for the night. He began to lose his ... See full summary »
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Jean Paul Dal Monte ... Fritz Honka
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Dawn Wilkinson ... Gertraud Bräuer
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Fritz Honka quietly lived in Hamburg's red light district of St Pauli, picking up elderly prostitutes for the price of a glass of schnapps and a bed for the night. He began to lose his temper when the women declined his sexual perversions. He retaliated by strangling his victims. Disposing of the bodies presented a problem until he came up with the idea of dismembering them and storing the body parts in the roof space next to his flat. Had a freak house fire not crept up the building to expose his collection he might never have been caught. He claimed he had been instructed by London's Victorian Jack The Ripper to perform the murders. He was sectioned at a mental institute after being convicted of 1 murder and 4 manslaughters. Written by Sky Vision [gb]

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Honka: The Ripper Of St. Pauli
2 October 2015 | by See all my reviews

The case of Fritz Honka, known as the Ripper of St. Pauli, began in July 1975 when firefighters were called to a house in Hamburg, Germany. They extinguished the attic fire, but found more than they expected, in particular human remains.

These were reminiscent of an unsolved murder, that of a prostitute who had been dismembered and dumped on nearby wasteground.

When the occupant of the top flat in the house returned home, he was arrested. Honka had had a hard life. He married but unfortunately his wife shared his weakness for drink. The couple divorced, remarried, then separated. After that, Honka eked out an existence of sorts as a night watchman, and set about picking up prostitutes. And murdering them.

Although he was tried for four murders, Honka was convicted only of one, and worked his ticket being sent to a mental hospital for fifteen years, a sentence that beggars belief. He died a free man in 1998 aged 63.

The documentary makers speak to some of those who knew him, including the detectives who worked the case, now quite old themselves. There is a fair amount of psychobabble in English, but not from them.


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