53. Hungary – The Monster of Cinkota

Béla Kiss ran a lonely-hearts con between 1905 to 1914. He took the life savings of many women before killing them and storing their bodies in metal drums filled with alcohol. He told their families that they had left him and run away. When the Great War began, Kiss volunteered to serve in the Austria-Hungarian forces in Serbia. By the time police found the bodies of 24 people in his hometown of Cinkota, he was presumed dead. But various sightings over the years made investigators wonder if he had faked his own death in order to get away with multiple murders.

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When Cinkota was on the front page

The Seven Metal Drums: In the footsteps of the first Hungarian serial killer

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A Plague of Murder – Colin Wilson                                                                                

Created & Produced by Sonya Lowe

Narrated by Noel Vinson

Researched by Two Red Romans Productions

Music: “Nordic Medieval” by Marcus Bressler

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