GERMANY – Egidius Schiffer aka the “Aachen Strangler,” accidentally electrocuted himself while performing a solo sex act in his jail cell.

For those of you who are not up to par with your foreign serial killers, Schiffer was responsible for the deaths of five female hitchhikers in northwest Germany between 1983 and 1990.

His modus operandi was to pick up women as they left nightclubs. The former insurance salesman would then handcuff and attempt to rape the women before strangling them to death.

Schiffer got caught over a decade after his last murder when he voluntarily gave a DNA sample after getting busted stealing metal from a scrapyard. The DNA ultimately linked him to the deaths of the five women.

Once he was in custody he confessed to the murders but then later retracted his statements. He claimed he was sadomasochistic and made up his involvement as the thought of being locked up in a cell excited him.

Police nor the jury believed a word of it, especially since his confession contained details only the killer would know and his DNA matched the DNA from the crime scenes.

In 2008, Schiffer was sentenced to life in prison for the murders and has been living at Bochum prison in solitary confinement ever since… until Monday, that is.

That’s when prison guards found the 62-year-old dead on his bed in his cell. The admitted sadomasochistic had accidentally electrocuted himself while performing a sex act.

If you are wondering how that is possible, it turns out it is pretty easy if you have a lamp handy. Schiffer had removed the electrical cord from his table lamp and then wrapped it around his nipples and penis.

He died from a fatal shock after sticking the end of the electrical cable into a power socket. A live current was still passing through his dead body when he was found.

Cops said they did not suspect foul play and believe the death was accidental. This claim is backed up by Schiffer’s lawyer who said his client was not suicidal.

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