Born Carl Menarik in 1889, Frederick Mors emmigrated to the United States from his native Austria in 1914 and soon found work at the German Old Fellows Home in the Bronx. Mors bordered on delusional, falsely claiming to be a legendary hunter and at the same time ruling the home with a heavy hand and forcing patients to refer to him as “doctor”, though he was not and in fact wasn’t even an important man there, holding down a fairly routine position.
Mors may have began killing very soon after he began working at the home, but nothing was suspected until January 1915. The clearly disturbed Mors was immediately suspected in the deaths of the elderly patient’s and under direct questioning admitted his guilt without hesitation. He had perfected a method of chloroform poisoning after having troubles with his first victim, who he had killed with arsenic.
Mors claimed he was only putting the old people out of their misery and making room in the crowded home. He was found criminally insane and placed in a mental hospital though he had murdered as many as seventeen people. Mors was to be deported back to Austria at one point but escaped the hospital first and was never heard from again.
Richard Chase’s police sketch next to his actual person
Some people who work in the medical and funeral industries get so used to death and bodies that becoming attracted to one takes fewer cognitive leaps. To conclude our examination of this unusual paraphilia, we’ll look at a story that shows just how persistent sexual attraction can be.
It happened in 1931 in Key West, Florida. Radiologist Carl von Cosel, 56, became obsessed with one of the tuberculosis patients at the sanitarium where he worked. Her name was Maria Elena de Hoyos and she was a beautiful, 22-year-old woman. Von Cosel hoped to marry her, but before she could respond to his attentions, she weakened and died. He begged the family not to bury her. Fearing contamination of her body from groundwater, he built a mausoleum for her in the nearby cemetery and preserved her in formaldehyde. There in secret he would sit and have “conversations” with her. He even left a phone in the mausoleum so he could speak to her while away. This man was clearly obsessed. One day he just decided to illegally remove her corpse and take her to his home.
To keep her in good shape, von Cosel brought in a regular supply of preservatives and perfumes, but Maria Elena’s corpse eventually began to deteriorate. Using piano wire to string her bones together, von Cosel replaced her rotted eyes with glass eyes and her decomposed skin with a mixture of wax and silk. As her hair fell out, he used it to make a wig to put on her head. Stuffing her corpse with rags to keep her from collapsing and dressing her in a bridal gown, he kept her by his side in bed. Dr. Michael Baden pointed out on HBO’s Autopsy that the man even inserted a tube into her decrepit corpse to serve as a vagina for making love. He also played a small organ to her as she “slept.”
He got away with this for seven years until de Hoyos’ sister accidentally came upon her in von Cosel’s home. Horrified, she called the police.
Von Cosel was arrested, but the statute of limitations had run out on his crime of grave robbing, so he was set free. Maria Elena was buried in a secret unmarked area and von Cosel moved to central Florida, where he sold postcards of his beloved. Even when she was taken from him, he couldn’t forget her. When he eventually died in 1952, he was found in a room with a large doll in his arms that was wearing Elena’s death mask.
On November 28, 1994, Jeffrey Dahmer and inmate Jesse Anderson were beaten to death by fellow inmate Christopher Scarver while on work detail in the prison gym. Anderson was in prison for killing his wife and Scarver was a schizophrenic convicted first-degree murder. The guards for unknown reasons left the three alone only to return 20 minutes later to find Anderson dead and Dahmer dying from severe head trauma. Dahmer died in the ambulance before reaching the hospital.
John Wayne Gacy and his prison artwork
During his time on death row, Gacy took up oil painting, and his favorite subject was painting portraits of clowns. He claimed to have used his clown act as an alter ego, once sardonically saying that “A clown can get away with murder.”
After his execution, his paintings were sold at auctions. The main buyer burned the paintings after winning the bids. Another of his famous paintings is of transgressive punk rock singer/songwriter/performance artist GG Allin, who had visited Gacy in prison and corresponded with him until Allin’s death in 1993; the painting is in the possession of Allin’s brother and bassist, Merle Allin, and a black and white reproduction of the painting can be seen on the front cover of the soundtrack to the GG Allin documentary Hated: GG Allin And The Murder Junkies. His paintings were also used as artwork for the Acid Bath album When the Kite String Pops. As well, Gacy did some paintings for performance artist, musician and actor Glen Meadmore, who corresponded with him for a period of time. A portrait of Meadmore painted by Gacy appears on the front cover of Meadmore’s recording Hot, Horny and Born Again.
Another painting of Gacy belongs to Dani Filth, frontman of the metal band Cradle Of Filth. Filmmaker John Waters owns one of Gacy’s paintings, which Waters says hangs in his guest bedroom “so people don’t stay too long”.
The Virginia Tech massacre was a school shooting that took place on April 16, 2007, on the campus of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, Virginia, United States. Seung-Hui Cho shot and killed 32 people and wounded 17 others in two separate attacks, approximately two hours apart, before committing suicide. (Another 6 people were injured escaping from classroom windows.) The massacre is the deadliest shooting incident by a single gunman in U.S. history. It was also the worst act of mass murder on college students sinceSyracuse University lost 36 students in the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103. It is also the second-deadliest act of mass murder at a school campus, behind the Bath School bombing of 1927.