(Kurten,when asked if he had any regrets for the murders)
"I have no remorse.As to whether recollection of my deeds makes me feel ashamed,I will
tell you.Thinking back to all the details is not at all unpleasent.I rather enjoy it."
(Kurten,when he believes his nymphomania started)
"The whole family through his[Kurten's father],for when he was in drink,my
father was terrible.I,being the eldest,had to suffer most.As you may well imagine,we suffered terrible proverty,all because
the wages went on drink.We all lived in one room and you will appreciate what effect that had on me sexually."
(Kurten's excuse,as to why he shouldn't be liable for his actions)
"So I said to myself in my youthful way ' You just wait,you pack of scoundrels! ' That
was more or less the kind of retaliation or revenge idea.For example,I kill someone who is innocent and not responsible
for the fact that I had been badly treated,but if there really is such a thing on this earth as compensation justice,then
my tormentors must feel it,even if they do not know that I had done it."
(Kurten in court,about the fantasies he would have)
"I thought of myself causing accidents affecting thousands of people and invented a
number of crazy fantasies such as smashing bridges and boring holes in bridge piers.Then I spun a number of fantasies with
regard to becilli which I might be able to introduce into the drinking water and so cause a great calamity.I imagined myself
using schools or orphanages for the purpose,where I could carry out murders by giving away chocolate samples containing arsenic
which I could have obtained through housebreaking.I derived the sort of pleasure from these visions that other people
would get from thinking about a naked woman."
(Kurten on an attempted attack,and the most likely motive for the murders)
"The place where I attacked Frau Kuhn I visited again that same evening twice and later
several times.In doing so,I sometimes had an orgasm.When that morning I poured petrol over the child Ohliger and set fire
to her,I had an orgasm at the height of the fire."
(Kurten on his pyromania)
"Yes,when my desire for injuring people awoke,the love of setting fire to things awoke
as well.This sight of flames delighted me,but above all it was the excitement of the attempts to extinguish the fire and the
agitation of those who saw their property being destroyed."
(Kurten's last words)
"Tell me,after my head has been chopped off,will I still be able to hear,at least for
a moment,the sound of my own blood gushing from the stump of my neck?That would be the pleasure to end all pleasures."