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.
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.
Arnold Sodeman has been listed on Killer.Cloud since November of 2016 and was last updated 3 years ago.
The unlawful killing of two or more victims by the same offender(s), in separate events. Serial Killer as defined by the FBI at the 2005 symposium.
Rape is usually defined as having sexual intercourse with a person who does not want to, or cannot consent.
Strangulation is death by compressing the neck until the supply of oxygen is cut off. Stranglers kill by Strangulation.
|Victims:||4 - 4|
|Years Active:||1930 - 1935|
|Ages Active:||30/31 - 35/36|
|Life Span:||1899 - 1936|
|Astrological Sign:|| ♐ Sagittarius |
Nov 22 - Dec 22
|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|
|D.O.B.:||Dec 12, 1899|
|Birth Location:||Hawthorn, suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia|
|Raised By:||both parents until (Age 13) when Arnold ran way from home|
|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|
|Highest School:||7 years of school|
|Highest Degree:||no degree received|
|Arrested:||Dec 2, 1935 (Age 35)|
|Sentence:||death by hanging|
|Prison Location:||HM Prison Pentridge, former maximum-security prison in Victoria, Australia|
|Executed:||Jun 1, 1936 (Age 36)|
|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|
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.
|Dec 12 1899||Arnold Sodeman was born in Hawthorn, suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. #18991212|
|Dec 12 1919|
|Dec 12 1929|
|Arnold Sodeman started his serial killing spree. #1930|
|Arnold Sodeman ended his serial killing spree. #1935|
|Dec 02 1935|
|Arnold Sodeman arrested. #19351202|
|Jun 01 1936|
|Arnold Sodemanwas executed.cause of death:capital punishment,executed by hangingat HM Prison Pentridge, former maximum-security prison in Victoria, Australia. #19360601|
The following serial killers were active during the same time span as Arnold Sodeman (1930-1935).
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|living with children||TRUE||268|
|killed in prison||FALSE||218|
|father drug abuse||FALSE||192|
|mother drug abuse||FALSE||195|
|problems in school||FALSE||221|
|teased in school||FALSE||218|
|kill at killers home||FALSE||320|
|kill at victims home||FALSE||323|
|sex with body||FALSE||430|
|ate part of body||FALSE||451|
|totem body part||FALSE||365|
|totem personal item||FALSE||354|
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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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