Case 197

The Austrian Ripper

In 1974, a young woman named Margaret Schafer was strangled to death in her hometown of Ewersbach, Germany. A young man named Jack Unterweger was found guilty of the murder and sentenced to life imprisonment.

In the proceeding years, eleven victims were strangled to death in similar circumstances in Los Angeles, Prague and the Austrian towns of Vienna and Graz. Investigators were flummoxed. How could the crimes be connected when they spanned three different countries?



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Editing – Erin Munro

Creative direction – Milly Raso

Narration – Anonymous Host



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Jack Unterweger: Poet of Death



Killer Prose – The Washington Post

Murderer’s ‘final freedom’: the bizarre life of Jack Unterweger, poet and killer of prostitutes, ends at his own hand – Independent

The deadly hunt for a malevolent poet – Muncie Evening Press

Famed prison writer on trial for murders – Associated Press

Austrian slayer of L.A. prostitutes kills himself – The LA Times

‘Austrian Ripper’ confounds police – Associated Press

International killer or reformed convict? – Associated Press

John Malkovich brings serial killer Jack Unterweger back to life on Vienna stage – The Guardian



Killer Abroad – The FBI Files

Jack Unterweger – A&E/Biography Channel



Entering Hades: The Double Life of a Serial Killer – John Leake






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