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A.K.A.: "The Vampire of Bytom" or "Frankenstein"
Classification: Serial killer
Characteristics: Copycat
Number of victims: 5
Date of murders: 1975 - 1982
Date of arrest: May 1982
Date of birth: September 8, 1952
Victims profile: Elżbieta Mikułowa / Mirosława Sarnowska / Teresa Ryms, 26 / Halina Syda, 10 / Bogusława Ludyga, 17
Method of murder: Beating with an axe
Location: Upper Silesian, Poland
Status: Sentenced to death. Executed by hanging on October 28, 1985
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Joachim Knychała (September 8, 1952 - October 28, 1985) was a Polish serial killer, known as the "The Vampire of Bytom" or "Frankenstein", who murdered five women between 1975 and 1982 in Upper Silesian Industrial Region. He was apprehended, sentenced to death and hanged.


The list contains names of the victims of Knychała, place of murder and the date of murder

  1. Elżbieta Mikułowa – Piekary Śląskie; November 1975

  2. Mirosława Sarnowska – Chorzów; May 6, 1976

  3. Teresa Ryms – Bytom; October 30, 1976

  4. Halina Syda – Piekary Śląskie; June 23, 1979

  5. Bogusława Ludyga – Piekary Śląskie; May 8, 1982



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