|Role Serial Killer|
Name Volker Eckert
|Born 1 July 1959Plauen, East Germany|
Criminal penalty Committed suicide before sentencing
Span of killings 7 May 1974–2 November 2006
Country Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, Spain
Died July 2, 2007, Bayreuth, Germany
Cause of death Suicide by hanging
Date apprehended November 17, 2006
Similar Norbert Poehlke, Fritz Honka, Rudolf Pleil
Volker Eckert (1 July 1959 – 2 July 2007) was a German serial killer, who killed six women in East Germany, France, and Spain, between 1974 and 2006. Eckert confessed to only six murders, five of whom were prostitutes, but is known to have killed at least nine women, and is also accused of committing additional murders of women in several European countries including Italy and the Czech Republic, but investigations were closed after Eckert committed suicide during his criminal proceedings on July 2, 2007.
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Eckert committed his first murder in 1974, aged fifteen, in his hometown of Plauen, East Germany, when he strangled a 14-year-old girl to death. The girl had been a schoolmate, and Eckert succeeded in making the murder appear as a suicide. In 1987, Eckert was sentenced to 12 years imprisonment for attempted murder for two nearly-fatal attacks against women. In 1994, Eckert was released from custody and lived in Hof, where he began work as a truck driver, a job which required travelling to several European countries. According to police in France and Spain, Eckert is believed to have killed at least five women working as prostitutes in these countries between 2001 and 2006:
In most cases, Eckert strangled the women, performed amateur post mortems on them, and finally photographed them. In addition, he cut off the hair or dressed the dead bodies, and kept them in the cab of his truck or in his apartment.
Eckert is believed to have at least seven additional murders across Europe, including:
Following the murder on November 2, 2006, footage caught by a surveillance camera showed Eckert's truck next to the naked corpse of his victim, which was located beside the parking lot, was reported to the Spanish police. Eckert could be identified via the truck, and a few weeks later German police detained him in Wesseling, near Cologne, on November 17, 2006. The police found tufts of hair and pictures of his victims subjected to various tortures in Eckert's truck and in his house. During the interrogations Eckert acknowledged committing six murders, the five prostitutes in France and Spain, and that of his classmate in Germany.
Eckert committed suicide on July 2, 2007, in the middle of criminal proceedings against him, and was found dead in his cell Bayreuth. After his death, the police found evidence that Eckert had killed nine women across Germany, France, Spain and Italy. Furthermore, there are strong indications that he killed another four women. In December 2007, five months after Eckert's death, the German police ceased investigations and closed the file.