- Born in 1950, died in 1994 in Austria
- He killed prostitutes most likely as his prostitute mother abandoned him
- His modus operandi didn’t change, so police placed him under surveillance
- He was initially charged for 1 murder but later charged with 9 murders
- He was convicted of the 1st murder charge and given a life sentence, although he was eventually released. He was found guilty of the following 9 murders but killed himself after sentencing
Unterweger was born to a prostitute mother who abandoned him. He lived with his alcoholic grandfather for 7 years before turning to crime in his early teens, with his first arrest at 16 years old for attacking a prostitute.
He was convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison. While incarcerated he learnt to read and write. While serving time he wrote his autobiography which became a best-seller. Convinced he was reformed, he was released on parole. He went on to become a journalist and literary celebrity.
A series of prostitute murders were found to match Unterweger’s original crime so police put him under surveillance, eventually finding enough evidence to arrest him. Even after his arrest, Unterweger continued to give interviews and declare his innocence, however the evidence against him was overwhelming. He was found guilty of 9 counts of murder, however after his sentencing Unterweger hung himself.