Born in 1931, Kuno Hofmann suffered a traumatic childhood, beaten so severely by his alcoholic father that he lost the powers of speech and hearing. Imprisoned for nine years on theft charges, he emerged with an obsession for self-improvement via the occult "sciences." Hofmann read widely on Satanism and black magic, focusing compulsively on rituals involving necrophilia and vampirism. In April 1971, police and morgue attendants across Germany began comparing notes on a series of bizarre grave robberies. At least five bodies were exhumed and gnawed upon, with evidence of sex attempted in the case of female corpses. Seeking fresher victims , Hofmann later shot and killed three victims, drinking blood from each and pausing to molest the lifeless bodies. In May 1972, a morgue attendant surprised Hofmann in the act of kissing a cadaver. Kuno drew a pistol, but his shot went wild, and the surviving witness offered a description to police. Arrested in the dragnet, Hofmann readily confessed and drew a term of life imprisonment for murder. As a parting shot, while waiting for his transfer to a federal penitentiary, he pestered jailers with requests for one last sip of virgin's blood.