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Europe's worst rapist abused 1000 women

Last updated on: September 29, 2010 15:48 IST

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A German man has admitted to sexually assaulting and raping over 1,000 women during a 22 -year crime spree, by copying a trick from the Hollywood flick The Silence Of The Lambs.

46-year-old Joerg P confessed to his crimes before a German court, which he said was fuelled by his burning desire to degrade women; and he used the trick from the movie to lure his victims into feeling sorry for him, the Daily Mail said.

In the film, starring Anthony Hopkins, the killer Jame Gumb fakes a broken arm to get his prey to help him move heavy furniture and then hits them around the head. Joerg pretended to have had a similar injury when he knocked on doors of his victims and asked to use the toilet.

The man, from Altenahr in the picturesque Rhineland region of Germany, has confessed to some 20 rapes in Holland, Germany, Belgium and Luxembourg and asked for another 1,000 sex offences to be taken into consideration.

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'I wanted to avenge myself on intelligent women'

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He admitted he had a burning hatred of "intelligent women" and told a Dusseldorf court he had an insatiable need to degrade them. "I wanted to avenge myself on intelligent women," he was quoted as saying.

The court heard how his poor reading and writing skills contributed to a personality disorder and the need to "prove" himself sexually, the report said.

The court also heard he would stake out victims' homes for hours to make certain they were alone before he struck.


Photographs: Gleb Garanich/Reuters
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'It caused me a lot of suffering, but I could not help myself'

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As his compulsions grew stronger, he would go out at night armed with a knife and a mask made from a nylon stocking and would break into houses to rape women living alone.

"It caused me a lot of suffering but I could not help myself," he told police when he was arrested in March, after DNA evidence was sent from Belgium following a TV crime show.

Joerg P will be sentenced next month and he is likely to get maximum 15 years in prison, the report said.


Photographs: Marcelo del Pozo/Reuters
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