The grave of the Szczecin Butcher has been found at the Central Cemetery in Szczecin! It is a mystery why the notorious serial killer was buried “among the people” and very close to a section of children’s graves. Even more interesting is the fact that the grave is still there, leading us to wonder, who has paid for the grave to remain? And why?
The Szczecin Butcher or Butcher of Niebuszewo (rzeźnik z niebuszewa) is Szczecin’s only known serial killer. But his depraved acts in the early 1950’s has made him a boogeyman here for sixty years. He was a very tall man with big hands. He was born in Poland, but spoke German and had an SS tattoo on his arm. It is unknown exactly how many people he killed, but when a local pond was drained during the investigation, several dozen human skulls were discovered, most of them belonging to children.
The Butcher lived at Niemierzyńska 7, at that time Wilson 7, across from the movie theater Polonia. He had an arrangement with a woman who worked there that she would send children to his house by telling them he would give them money to see the show. What happened after that lands Józef Cypek a spot among the sickest people ever to walk the earth. His moniker was the Butcher because he sliced up his victims with medical precision then took them, piece by piece, to another location, often the abandoned basement of today’s Szczecin University of Agriculture, and processed the human flesh into sausages.
“In the room, on the couch laid the remains of Irena. He had cut off her head, arms, legs and removed her internal organs. Her hands and one thigh next to the closet. Her insides in a bucket by the window. In the kitchen, the sink, chair and door were stained with blood that had been wiped carelessly. On the shelf a bowl filled half way with red liquid. Next to it a machine for grinding meat, with signs of grinding. On separate plates a human heart and liver”. -Police Report, taken from “Z Archiwum Sz”.
At the time, Szczecin was still very much in chaos. No one knew who the destroyed city belonged to or would belong to in the future. Not much was done by any side to send food aid so the people were left to fend for themselves. Meat was very hard to come by so the butcher had no problem selling his meat products at the local markets around town, especially at Tobruk Square, where it was confirmed he frequently did business.
After the police found the dismembered body of Ms. Irena in Józef Cypek’s apartment, they waited till he came home from a movie and arrested him on September 11, 1952. Six days later, on September 17th he received the death penalty for murder. The sentence was carried out on November 3 at 5:45 pm.
Józef Cypek was not known to have had any family or friends who would have had the money for a grave at our prestigious Central Cemetery. If he was unofficially buried there, the record of his burial would not be available in the cemetery archives. Furthermore, the Central Cemetery, has limited space, even though its the third largest cemetery in Europe. These days, people are buried over graves of a certain age that have not been paid for. Graves must be paid for in order to remain undisturbed. So who has ensured the Butcher a peaceful grave? Does the Butcher of Niebuszewo have a fan? Who lit a candle on his grave? Or could this all just be a coincidence?
This article was originally published on the soon-to-be defunct blog, sz-n.com in March of 2013.