Who was the most dangerous Polish murderer?

Leszek Pękalski, also known as the Vampire of Bytów, was convicted in 1996 for the murder of one person, but during the trial, attempts were made to prove his involvement in 17 murders. He himself confessed to 70 or even 90 killings. However, he later recanted his confessions. Pękalski, who has been mildly intellectually disabled since birth, eagerly talked about his murders in detail, details that only the killer could have known. If we take into account even a portion of the murders he admitted to, Pękalski (currently confined in the Gostynin facility) is one of the worst murderers in Poland.

On the other hand, in terms of the record number of murders for which the perpetrator was convicted, Zdzisław Marchwicki, known as the “Vampire of the Industrial Region,” holds that title. Between 1964 and 1970, Marchwicki allegedly killed 14 women in Upper Silesia and attempted to murder another 6. In 1974, Marchwicki was found guilty and sentenced to death for the crimes, but to this day, there are opinions suggesting his innocence (the trial was seen as a show trial by the authorities of the Polish People’s Republic, as one of the victims was Jolanta Gierek, the niece of Edward Gierek, the First Secretary of the Polish United Workers’ Party Regional Committee).


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