“I was destined to be a murderer,” Jindrich Bazant, 33, told a prison doctor when he was arrested. The son of wealthy parents, he kept three lovers at the same time and, suddenly growing tired of them, he decided to kill them all.

He shot Marie Safarikova in woods in September, 1926, poured oil over her body and set it alight.

In another wood next day he shot Josefa Pavelkova and threw her body into a river.

He shot his third lover, Bozena Rihova, and tried to burn her body, but she survived to give evidence against him and ensure his execution.

He was hanged on Monday, June 28th, 1926, at Kutna Hora, Bohemia, in a heavy early morning rainstorm.