Arnold Sodeman

Schoolgirl Strangler

  Active for 6 years
(1930-1935) in Australia

4

CONFIRMED
VICTIMS

4

POSSIBLE
VICTIMS
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  5. Characteristics
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  7. Cognitive Ability
  8. Incarceration
  9. Death
  10. 7 Timeline Events
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  12. Boolean Statistical Questions
  13. 11 Books About Arnold Sodeman
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Arnold Sodeman (Arnold Karl Sodeman) an Australian serial killer known as the Schoolgirl Strangler.Sodeman confessed to the murders of four young girls between 1930 and 1935. He preyed on girls between the ages of 8 and 12. He lured at least two of his victims by offering to buy them ice cream and offered another victim a ride on his bicycle. Sodeman would gag, bound and strangle the girls to death. He disposed of the bodies by dumping them at multiple locations in Victoria, Australia. Arnold Sodeman was executed at Pentridge Prison in 1936.

Arnold Sodeman Serial Killer Profile

Serial Killer Arnold Sodeman (aka) Schoolgirl Strangler, was active for 6 years between 1930-1935, known to have ( 4 confirmed / 4 possible ) victims. This Serial Killer was active in the following countries: Australia

Arnold Sodeman was born on December 12th 1899 in Hawthorn, suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. He was raised by both parents until (Age 13) when Arnold ran way from home. His father, Karl Sodeman, a German-born engineer who died in a mental institution. His mother, Violet Esther Wood, a Australian-born suffered from bouts of amnesia. Arnold Sodeman was physically abused at some point of his life.

He completed 7 years of school, no degree received. He married Bernice Cecilia Pope. He had one daughter born in 1928, Arnold (Age 28/29).

Prior to his spree he had commited crimes, served time in jail, and served time in prison. He was known to abuse alcohol.

In 1930 (Age 30/31) Arnold Sodeman started his killing spree, during his crimes as a serial killer he was known to strangle, rape, and murder his victims. At least one victim was tied, bound, or otherwise restrained during the crime. At the time of his crimes he was living with his wife and daughter in Melbourne and Gippsland, Australia, where he was known to work as a serial killer.

He was arrested on December 2nd 1935 (Age 35), sentenced to death by hanging at HM Prison Pentridge, former maximum-security prison in Victoria, Australia. He was convicted on charges of murder and other possible charges during his lifetime. Arnold Sodeman was executed on June 1st 1936 (Age 36).

Arnold Sodeman died on June 1st 1936 (Age 36), cause of death: capital punishment, executed by hanging at HM Prison Pentridge, former maximum-security prison in Victoria, Australia.

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Arnold Sodeman has been listed on Killer.Cloud since November of 2016 and was last updated 1 year ago.

Arnold Sodeman a known:

Arnold Sodeman
Serial Killer Profile:

Updated: 2019-02-08 Collected by Killer.Cloud
General Information
Name: Arnold Sodeman
Nickname: Schoolgirl Strangler
Victims: 4 - 4
Years Active: 1930 - 1935
Ages Active: 30/31 - 35/36
Active Countries: Australia
Convicted Of: murder
Life Span: 1899 - 1936
Characteristics
Gender: Male
Sexual Preference: heterosexual
Astrological Sign: Sagittarius
Nov 22 - Dec 22
Birth Month: December
Marital Status: married Bernice Cecilia Pope
Children: one daughter born in 1928, Arnold (Age 28/29)
Living With: his wife and daughter in Melbourne and Gippsland, Australia
Occupation: serial killer
Childhood Information
D.O.B.: Dec 12, 1899
Given Name: Arnold
Birth Location: Hawthorn, suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Birth Order: N/A
Siblings: N/A
Raised By: both parents until (Age 13) when Arnold ran way from home
Birth Category: N/A
Mother: Violet Esther Wood, a Australian-born suffered from bouts of amnesia
Father: Karl Sodeman, a German-born engineer who died in a mental institution

Cognitive Ability
IQ: N/A
Highest School: 7 years of school
Highest Degree: no degree received

Incarceration
Arrested: Dec 2, 1935 (Age 35)
Convicted: N/A
Sentence: death by hanging
Prison Location: HM Prison Pentridge, former maximum-security prison in Victoria, Australia
Executed: Jun 1, 1936 (Age 36)
Previous Crimes: TRUE
Previous Jail: TRUE
Previous Prison: TRUE

Death Information
Death Date: Jun 1, 1936 (Age 36)
Manner of Death: capital punishment
Cause of Death: executed by hanging
Death Location: HM Prison Pentridge, former maximum-security prison in Victoria, Australia
Killed In Prison: FALSE
Suicide: FALSE
7 Timeline Events of Serial Killer
Arnold Sodeman

The 7 dates listed below represent a timeline of the life and crimes of serial killer Arnold Sodeman. A complete collection of serial killer events can be found on our Serial Killer Timeline.

Date Event Description
Dec 12 1899Arnold Sodeman was born in Hawthorn, suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.  #18991212
Dec 12 1919
(Age 20)
20th Birthday
Dec 12 1929
(Age 30)
30th Birthday
1930
(Age 30/31)
Arnold Sodeman started his serial killing spree. #1930
1935
(Age 35/36)
Arnold Sodeman ended his serial killing spree. #1935
Dec 02 1935
(Age 35)
Arnold Sodeman arrested. #19351202
Jun 01 1936
(Age 36)
Arnold Sodemanwas executed.cause of death:capital punishment,executed by hangingat HM Prison Pentridge, former maximum-security prison in Victoria, Australia. #19360601
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Boolean Questions:
Killer
Question
Killer
Answer
Total
Answered
living with children TRUE 268
physically abused TRUE 231
alcohol abuse TRUE 226
previous crimes TRUE 366
previous jail TRUE 351
previous prision TRUE 336
rape TRUE 452
bound TRUE 405
strangle TRUE 442
suicide FALSE 219
killed in prison FALSE 212
father drug abuse FALSE 192
mother drug abuse FALSE 195
xyy FALSE 81
problems in school FALSE 221
teased in school FALSE 218
physically defect FALSE 300
speach defect FALSE 300
head injury FALSE 299
psychologically abused FALSE 224
sexually abused FALSE 226
drug abuse FALSE 226
psychologist FALSE 258
forensic hospital FALSE 257
previous killed FALSE 208
kill at killers home FALSE 319
kill at victims home FALSE 322
used weapon FALSE 452
used gun FALSE 450
torture FALSE 425
stalk FALSE 417
blindfold FALSE 362
sex with body FALSE 429
mutilated FALSE 446
ate part of body FALSE 450
drank blood FALSE 441
posed body FALSE 364
totem body part FALSE 364
totem personal item FALSE 353
robbed FALSE 417


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086840845x JV Barry 1
0752471287 Murderers' Row 7
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Arnold Karl Sodeman ((1899-12-12)12 December 1899 – (1936-06-01)1 June 1936), also known as the School-girl Strangler, was an Australian serial killer who targeted children. He confessed to four killings before being executed at Pentridge Prison, Victoria in 1936. Sodeman was the second of eleven people to be hanged at Pentridge Prison after the closure of Melbourne Gaol in 1929.

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External References
  1. Q4795262 on www.wikidata.org, Retrieved on Dec 11, 2018.
  2. Arnold Sodeman on en.wikipedia.org, Retrieved on Dec 11, 2018.
  3. Juan Ignacio Blanco, Arnold Karl SODEMAN on murderpedia.org, Retrieved on Dec 11, 2018.
  4. George Marshall Irving, Arnold Karl Sodeman on adb.anu.edu.au, Retrieved on Dec 11, 2018.
  5. The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) 02 Apr 1936, Page 4 on trove.nla.gov.au, Retrieved on Dec 11, 2018.
Internal References

Arnold Sodeman is included in the following pages on Killer.Cloud the Serial Killer Database

  1. #11 of 21[ Page 1 ] of Serial Killers active in Australia
  2. #25 of 43[ Page 2 ] of Sagittarius Serial Killers sorted by Confirmed Victims
  3. #29 of 45[ Page 2 ] of Serial Killers with birthdays in December
  4. #64 of 651[ Page 5 ] of serial killers sorted by Profile Completeness
  5. #190 of 250[ Page 13 ] of Serial Killer Stranglers sorted by Confirmed Victims
  6. #232 of 307[ Page 16 ] of Serial Killer Rapist sorted by Confirmed Victims
  7. #251 of 651[ Page 17 ] of serial killers sorted by Years Active
  8. #475 of 651[ Page 32 ] of serial killers sorted by Confirmed Victims
  9. #557 of 651[ Page 38 ] of the A-Z List of Serial Killers
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