The preserved head of fritz haarmann, the vampire of hanover. haarmann was beheaded by guillotine on april 15, 1925 for killing at least 24 boys and young men between 1918 and 1924.
following haarmann's execution, sections of his brain were removed for forensic analysis. an examination of slices of haarmann's brain revealed traces of meningitis, although no sections of haarmann's brain were permanently preserved. nonetheless, haarmann's head was preserved in formaldehyde and remained in the possession of the göttingen medical school from 1925 until 2014, when it was cremated.
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