Born in 1956 in Bochum, Leo Edidius Schiffer was to become an infamous German serial killer.
His nickname, “The Strangler of Aachen” came about after he was convicted of murdering five young women between 1983 and 1990.
The murdered women were between fifteen and thirty-one years of age. His crimes were dubbed the “Hitchhiker Killings” and “Disco Murders” by the press.
The Strangler Of Aachen Strikes
Eighteen year old Marion Gerecht was his first victim in July 1983. He found her at a bus stop in Alsdorf, and assaulted her.
She tried to fight back, smashing the windscreen of his car, but he overcame her with his strength.
Marion was not raped by him, but she was stripped naked, strangled and deposited in a nearby fish pond.
His second attack took place in February, 1984 when he attacked Andrea Wernicke. She was only fifteen at the time.
As she was returning home after a night out at the “Rockfabrik” nightclub in Geilenkirchen, Heinsberg, Schiffer pounced. He raped her before he strangled her and left her body in a field.
Hitchhiker Angelika Sehl was the next unfortunate victim to accept a ride from Schiffer on the night of 31 August 1984.
Aachen found its fourth murder victim stripped naked and covered with leaves in the woods.
She was eighteen year old Marion Lauven who had also been picked up at a bus stop by Schiffer after attending a local disco.
He confessed to driving around the countryside with her body in the trunk of his car while he looked for a place to dump her.
Dental records revealed the identity of thirty-one year old Sabine Neuman who was his fifth victim.
On June 16, 1990, Schiffer dragged her into his Mercedes as she was making her way home from the “Inside” nightclub.
After raping and strangling her, he buried her body in the woods near Wegberg. Her decomposed body was discovered by walkers after a year of being reported missing.
Ironically, it was the petty theft of some scrap metal that led to the arrest of Egidius Schiffer.