Frederick Mors

Frederick Mors

About Frederick Mors

Frederick Mors was an Austrian serial killer who, while employed in a nursing home in New York City, killed seventeen elderly patients by poisoning. When questioned by police he was very cooperative, readily admitting to the murders. After being arrested, Mors was diagnosed as a megalomaniac and committed to an insane asylum from which he later escaped. Born Carl Menarik, Mors immigrated to New York City from his native Austria-Hungary in June 1914. Being from German-speaking Vienna, he was soon able to gain employment at the German Odd Fellows Home, a kind of nursing home, located in the Bronx. Soon after he began work there, he exhibited signs of megalomania. He would wear white lab coats with a stethoscope around his neck. He also adopted an arrogant attitude and would insist that the elderly patients, whom he terrified, address him as 'Herr Doktor.' Inexplicably, though he terrified the older patients, younger patients and visitors seemed to like him and enjoy his company.

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