An epileptic printer's apprentice, Paul Minow found it impossible to satisfy the demands of his mother and sister, with whom he resided in downtown Berlin. Together, they nagged him incessantly about his "laziness," provoking Minow to fits of rage directed at others. In July 1907, he exploded, briefly terrorizing the city with a series of attacks on young children. Selecting female victims , all below the age of five, Minow lured four into alleys and doorways, stabbing each repeatedly about the abdomen with scissors. Three of his victims died; a fourth survived to give police a vague description of the slayer. After one attack, a note was found nearby, pinned to the seat of a public bench with a single sharp scissor blade. It read: Away, away; in five minutes there will be a corpse. There is a child murderer in the neighborhood. Deliver this note to the police. I have killed children in Belforter, Preinzlauer, and Henserdorfer Streets. Detectives questioned twenty suspects in the case, but Minow was not among them. Confined to an asylum at Herzberge after the final attack, he surprised investigators in November 1907, with his detailed confessions to the crimes.