Synopses & Reviews
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 auxiliary signalman. But he also had a secretand#160;.and#160;.and#160;.
Due to Allied bombing raids, the Nazi high command instituted a total blackout throughout Berlin, including on commuter trains. Under cover of darkness and with a flock of helpless victims,and#160;Ogorzow escalated fromand#160;simply frightening women to physically attacking them, eventually raping and murdering them, and even casually tossing their bodies off the moving trains. 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 Land#252;dtke, head of the Berlin policeand#8217;s serious crimes division, to hunt down the madman in their midst. For the first time, the gripping full story of Ogorzowand#8217;s killing spree and Land#252;dtkeand#8217;s relentless pursuit is told in dramatic detail.
“Scott Selbys recreation of the hunt for the wartime S-Bahn Murderer meticulously recreates one of the most horrific but fascinating murder investigations of twentieth century Germany.”—Paul French, Midnight in Peking: How the Murder of a Young Englishwoman Haunted the Last Days of Old China
“[A] gripping true account of a World War II serial killer. Onboard an electrified speeding train in Nazi Berlin, Scott Andrew Selby reveals an equally electrifying story of the railroad employee who could not stop murdering.”—Robert Graysmith, author of Zodiac, AutoFocus and Black Fire
“[A] darkly fascinating book... It's a story of determined detective work by a police officer with a surprisingly clear sense of justice given his surroundings. And it's a story of the ways that killers rise and fall on multiple levels, one that still resonates decades later.”—Deborah Blum, author of The Poisoner's Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz-Age New York
“In a chilling, fast-paced narrative full of shocking twists, this book reveals the true story of Paul Ogorzov, the S-Bahn Killer, and his crimes in compelling detail. This is a unique and riveting historical account of a lone predator hunting in the shadows of World War II Berlin.”—Julian Rubinstein, author of Ballad of the Whiskey Robber: A True Story of Bank Heists, Ice Hockey, Transylvanian Pelt Smuggling, Moonlighting Detectives, and Broken Hearts
“Scott Selby's true story is both intriguing and exciting - and made even more compelling because as the investigators search for a killer they are urged on by government officials committed to an official policy of mass murder.”—Howard Blum, bestselling author of American Lightning and The Floor of Heaven
and#8220;On board an electrified speeding train in Nazi Berlin, Scott Andrew Selby reveals an equally electrifying story of the railroad employee who could not stop murdering.and#8221;and#8212;Robert Graysmith, author of Zodiac
, Auto Focus
, and Black Fire
and#8220;A unique and riveting historical account of a lone predator hunting in the shadows of World War II Berlin.and#8221;and#8212;Julian Rubinstein, author of Ballad of the Whiskey Robber
and#8220;[Selby] meticulously re-creates one of the most horrific but fascinating murder investigations of twentieth-century Germany.and#8221;and#8212;Paul French, author of Midnight in Peking
About the Author
Scott Andrew Selby
is the author of The Axmann Conspiracy: The Nazi Plan for a Fourth Reich and How the U.S. Army Defeated It
, and coauthor of Flawless: Inside the Largest Diamond Heist in History
. He has a law degree from Harvard Law School and a masterand#8217;s degree in Human Rights and Intellectual Property from the Raoul Wallenberg Institute at Swedenand#8217;s Lund University, as well as a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies/Theories of American Culture from UC Berkeley.