Joachim Kroll, Born 1933
Kroll was a German serial killer and cannibal. He was called the Ruhr Cannibal (Ruhrkannibale), and the Duisburg Man-Eater (Duisburger Menschenfresser). He was found guilty of eight murders but confessed to a total of 13.
On July 3, 1976, Kroll was arrested for kidnapping as well as killing a four-year-old girl named Marion Ketter. As police went from one home to another, a neighbor contacted a policeman and told him the waste-pipe in his apartment building had blocked up, and when he’d asked his neighbor, Kroll, whether he knew what had been blocking the water pipe, Kroll had basically replied; “Guts”. Upon this statement, the police went up to Kroll’s apartment and found the body of the Ketter girl choped up: some parts were inside the fridge, a hand was cooking in a pan of boiling water and the intestines were found stuck inside the waste-pipe.
Kroll said he often sliced parts of flesh from his victims to cook and consume them, claiming that he did this in order to save on his grocery store bills. In custody, he believed that he was going to get a basic operation to treatment him of his homicidal urges and would then be released from jail. Instead he was charged with eight murders and one attempted murder. In April 1982, after a 151-day tryout, he was guilty on all counts and was given` nine life sentences.
He died of a heart attack in 1991 inside the prison of Rheinbach, near Bonn.