Kiss of Death: The Hungarian Serial Killer Who Pickled His Victims


Between 1900 and 1914, a man named Hoffman placed ads in the ‘lonely hearts section’ of a Budapest newspaper, seeking an affluent woman to call his wife. Several woman, mostly widows and those with little to no relatives, were desperate to wed and agreed to meet with him.


The women were pleased to find that their suitor was not only charming, but tall and handsome. After only a day or two, Hoffman delighted the women by proposing marriage — for a large fee. The women paid up, packed their bags and moved to his home in Cinkota.


Hoffman never lived up to his promises of marriage and none of the women were ever seen alive again.

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