Friedrich was born on October 25, 1879, in Hanover, in the family of Ollie and Joanna Haarmann, he was the sixth and last child of the couple. The father, a simple and rude man, believed that his wife spoils his son with his excessive care and pampers him too much. Fritz was a quiet boy, spoke little with his peers, preferring the company of his sisters and games with them. He was fond of sewing and cooking. Haarmann's behavior was quite satisfactory for the teachers, he did not play pranks and was a kind childish, but his progress was lame: the boy had to stay twice in the second year. There is evidence that at the age of 8 Fritz corrupted one of his teachers. In 1895, he went to a military school, where he showed himself to be a diligent student, but he soon interrupted his studies, as occasionally seizures like epileptic began to happen to him.
The Haarmann family suspected that their son was a homosexual. When Fritz was 16, he was accused of molesting several young boys and placed in a psychiatric hospital. Doctors recognized Haarmann insane, and therefore before the trial, he never appeared. The young man ran away from the hospital in May 1897, and, not without the help of his mother, got to Switzerland. Back in Hannover, he was able to return only in April 1899. Trying to become "normal", Haarmann decided to marry the girl Erne Lohert, who soon became pregnant.
In 1900, he continued his military career. Fritz was sent to Elsatz, the 10th rifle battalion, where he earned the fame of an apt sniper and an excellent soldier. These were the happiest months of his life, but due to serious health problems and constant giddiness, the dream of a military career had to say goodbye. However, he was assigned a pension, which he received until his arrest in 1924.
Upon his return to Hannover, Fritz tried to start his own business. Together with Erna, they opened a fish shop, but soon they quarreled, the girl broke off the engagement and threw Haarmann out of business, since all the documents on the shop were decorated for her. It was then that he got into the criminal world. Fritz was a petty crook, and even when he managed to get a regular job, he stole from his colleagues. Haarmann was under close police surveillance, and received several sentences, serving time in prison from 1905 to 1912. almost bezvylazno. In 1913, he was caught again, this time on a major theft, and sentenced to 5 years in prison. He spent the entire First World War behind bars.
After the war, Germany was truly in a deplorable situation. The number of murders and robberies grew, the black market flourished, and hyperinflation made the lives of ordinary Germans simply unbearable: to buy the simplest things became a huge problem. The staff of the police after the war was reduced, the servants of the order were paid very little. All possible assistance to law enforcement agencies — in other words, denunciations — was actively welcomed. The police had a staff of informers, one of which was Haarmann. Over the long years of his life as a petty fraudster, he was overgrown with a large number of acquaintances in the criminal world, and regularly threw up jobs for police officers.
Fritz committed his first murder in 1918. He met on the street 17-year-old Friedel Roth - the guy ran away from home after an argument with his mother. Haarmann offered the young man to stay with him, and Roth agreed. Soon the mother of the teenager went to the police, and one of the witnesses said that he had seen Friedel with Fritz. By this time the guy was already dead, Haarmann dismembered the body and hid his head in his apartment behind the stove. However, the police, who came to the man with a search, found him with a 13-year-old naked boy. He was sentenced to 9 months in prison for seducing a minor. The detectives did not find the rota’s head cut off in an amazing way - she stayed behind the stove the whole time that Fritz was serving a sentence.
House where lived Haarmann
In October 1919, a fateful meeting took place: Haarmann met 18-year-old Hans Grans. Grans subsequently claimed during the interrogation that he was not a homosexual, but he desperately needed money and decided to offer himself to Haarman for money. Hans was from Berlin, but ran away from home after a conflict with his father. Soon Grans became Fritz's lover and his accomplice.
The couple opened a real hunt for young people. Haarmann, who as an informer spent most of the day at Hannover Central Station, looked out for future victims there. Sometimes the young man chose Grans. As a rule, these were teenagers and men between the ages of 15 and 18 who ran away from home, visitors from other cities, and sometimes prostitutes. Fritz was almost unmistakably able to calculate in the crowd representatives of unconventional sexual orientation, whom he easily lured to his home, promising to feed him and, possibly, help him with his work.
Haarmann had his own “style” and murder plan: first he gave the victim food to eat, noting that after a hearty lunch, no one was able to actively resist, then he pounced and bit into the barrel of his teeth, which caused the hapless person to lose consciousness for just a few seconds. After the exposure, the murderers of the newspaper were full of details, such as the fact that Haarmann drank the blood of his victims and bathed in it, but he himself denied it. Fritz then gently undressed the men so that the clothes would not be stained with blood — they would sell it later. After that, butchered body. Haarmann argued that this process did not give him any pleasure, but on the contrary, was extremely disgusting, but absolutely necessary to eliminate the evidence. He made several cuts, drained blood, took out internal organs, broke bones, and then cut off all flesh from them. He destroyed the victims' skulls with their brains so that they could not be identified. He then dumped the bones and meat into the river. According to rumors, he sold loin pieces to butchers under the guise of beef, but this is most likely an invention of citizens and journalists. In any case, Haarmann himself, willing to confess to the crimes, denied this fact.
In May 1924, in the local river, the kids found a human skull, and soon another. They did not attach great importance to the find, as they decided that these were tricks of medical students. In June, two more skulls were caught in the river. They all belonged to teenage boys. By that time, rumors about the disappearance of young men were circulating in the city for quite a long time. On June 8, hundreds of local residents searched the bank of the river in search of evidence and discovered a huge number of human bones - more than 500.
Haarmann, who was one of the suspects in the case of the disappearance of Roth and another boy, was under close police surveillance. On June 22, 1924, he was detained after 15-year-old Karl Fromm told detectives that Haarmann held him in the house for several days and raped him, threatening him with a knife. The man was arrested and taken to the station, but at that time a search was being conducted in his apartment. Many spots of blood were found on the walls, furniture and bedding - Fritz explained its origin by the fact that he was engaged in the illegal trade in meat. The police interviewed Haarmann's neighbors, who said that they often saw him with young boys, and several teenagers how he carried bulky bags out of the apartment and threw them into the river. In addition, many things were found in the house that belonged to the missing teenagers — they were identified by relatives.
When Fritz was told about all the evidence found, he confessed that from 1918 to 1924 he raped, killed and dismembered adolescents. When asked if he knew the exact number of victims, Haarmann hesitated and replied that there were between 50 and 70. The police only managed to link him with 27 murders.
Hans Granso was charged with complicity. The trial began on December 4, 1924. Haarmann was convicted of murdering 24 people and sentenced to guillotine. Grans was accused of incitement to murder and was also sentenced to beheading; however, they later revised the punishment and gave him a life sentence from which he served only 12 years, and then he was released. Haarmann said that he fully agrees with the verdict and accepts it, and added that if he were free, he would certainly have killed him again. He was executed at 6 am on April 15, 1925, in the Hanover prison. The remains of the youths killed by Fritz Haarmann were buried in a common grave, since it was not possible to determine exactly who they belonged to. A monument with the names of the victims was erected at the burial site.