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A lesser seen courtroom photograph of German child killer Jürgen Bartsch.

“A variety of newspapers received letters in which people demanded the Reinstatement of the Death Penalty in Germany. Others fantasized about barbaric treatment for Bartsch and suggested ideas of sheer sadism. Their wishes shared a remarkable similarity with the sadism in Bartsch’s crimes.”

Paul Moor on the reactions of the German population regarding serial killer Jürgen Bartsch, his trial and his sentencing. Moor, author of “Das Selbstporträt des Jürgen Bartsch” (The Self-Portrait of Jürgen Bartsch), corresponded with Bartsch until his death in 1976 and worked with him on the book based on Bartsch’s life and crimes.