Gennat, Ernst

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Gennat, Ernst Gender: M
Ernst August Ferdinand Gennat
born on 1 January 1880 at 15:00 (= 3:00 PM )
Place Berlin, Germany, 52n29, 13e21
Timezone LMT m13e21 (is local mean time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_capcol.18.gif 10°36' s_mo.18.gif s_leocol.18.gif 25°12 Asc.s_cancol.18.gif 00°01'

Ernst Gennat (gravestone)
photo: The original uploader was Dr. Mabuse at German Wikipedia., license gfdl


German director of the Berlin criminal police, who worked under three political systems in his 30 year career as one of the most gifted and successful criminologists in Germany. Among other things, he worked on the cases of Fritz Haarmann and Peter Kürten.

Gennat reorganized much of the structure of how to investigate homicide. He developed most of the scheme that we know as profiling today. His work is documented in articles for the public like the 1930 publication "Die Düsseldorfer Sexualverbrechen" about Peter Kürten where he was the first to coin the term "Serienmörder" (serial killer).

Ernst Gennat inspired the fictional character inspector Karl Lohmann who appeared first in Fritz Lang's M (1931) and The Testament of Dr. Mabuse (1932).

Gennat died on 21 August 1939, aged 59, in Berlin.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • opponent/rival/enemy relationship with Götze, Max (born 3 January 1891)
  • opponent/rival/enemy relationship with Götze, Walter (born 14 November 1902)


Source Notes

Sy Scholfield provided birth registry entry from Berlin archives.


  • Vocation : Law : Police (Director)
  • Vocation : Law : Other Law (Criminologist)
  • Notable : Famous : Founder/ originator (Coined the term "Serienmörder"/ "serial killer")