Mark Benecke

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Mark Benecke
Mark Benecke as a member of the German punk Band Die Blonden Burschen in 1993

Mark Benecke (born August 26, 1970[citation needed]) is a German forensic biologist.

Benecke was born in Rosenheim (Bavaria). After receiving a Dr. rer. medic. at Cologne University in 1997,[1] he worked in the Chief Medical Examiner's Office in Manhattan, New York from 1997–1999. As of 1999, he works internationally on forensic cases as a freelance expert witness. He also teaches at various police academies and acts as a visiting professor to universities in Germany, England, Vietnam, Colombia, and the Philippines.

Benecke has worked on the identification of Adolf and Eva Hitler's skull and teeth in Moscow,[2][3] and is the only forensic scientist to work on the case of Colombian serial killer and rapist Luis Garavito.[4] Some of his forensic cases have been covered by the National Geographic Channel and the History Channel.

Benecke has published several popular science books about the biology of aging, criminal cases and forensic biology. He is a member of the editorial board of the Annals of Improbable Research (Cambridge, USA), guest editor for Forensic Science International (Forensic Entomology Special Issue).[5]and scientific advisor to the German skeptic organization GWUP,[6] where he publishes skeptical articles on various topics, including his attempt to explain alleged signs of vampirism.[7]

Using the pseudonym "Belcanto Bene", Benecke was a member of the German punk band Die Blonden Burschen between 1989–2000.[8]

In 2004, he was the guest editor of Anil Aggrawal's Internet Journal of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology for the Forensic Entomology Special Issue).[9]

In 2010, he was candidate for the office of prime minister for Germany's largest state North Rhine-Westphalia for the satirical political party Die PARTEI.[10][11] Since 2010, he is Chairman of Die PARTEI in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia.[12]

In 2011 Mark featured as a vocalist on Sara Noxx's cover of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds' song Where the Wild Roses Grow.[13]


  1. ^ Print of the Ph.D certificate in: Lachende Wissenschaft. Aus den Geheimarchiven des Spaß-Nobelpreises, Lübbe, Bergisch-Gladbach 2005. ISBN 3-404-60556-X (German)]
  2. ^ Article about Hitler's Teeth and Skull
  3. ^ National Geographic movie about Hitler research in Moscow Archived 2013-06-04 at the Wayback Machine. with Mark Benecke
  4. ^ Benecke's work with serial killers
  5. ^ Example article "History of forensic entomology" from Forensic Science International special issue Archived 2016-03-04 at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ The German skeptic organization GWUP
  7. ^ The Transylvanian Society of Dracula
  8. ^ Die Blonden Burschen 1989-2000
  9. ^ Special Forensic Entomology Issue in Aggrawals's Journal
  10. ^ Official original results of 2010 State Elections NRW Archived 2010-05-13 at the Wayback Machine.
  11. ^ Official List (of State Voting Office NRW) of DIE PARTEI members qualified for the votes Archived 2010-05-08 at the Wayback Machine.
  12. ^ List of all Chairpersons of DIE PARTEI
  13. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-20. Retrieved 2011-05-04.


  • Der Traum vom ewigen Leben, Kindler Verlag, München 1998. ISBN 3-463-40338-2 (German)
    • The Dream of Eternal Life, Columbia University Press, New York 2002. ISBN 0-231-11672-1
  • 노화와 생명의 수수께끼 마크 베네케 (Dr. Mark Benecke) 과학은 죽음보다 강하다? (Korean). ISBN 89-7919-493-5
  • Kriminalbiologie. Genetische Fingerabdrücke und Insekten auf Leichen, Lübbe, Bergisch-Gladbach 2001. ISBN 3-404-93025-8 (German)
  • Mordmethoden. Ermittlungen der bekanntesten Kriminalbiologen der Welt, Lübbe, Bergisch-Gladbach 2002. ISBN 3-7857-2099-8 (German)
  • Šiurpių nusikaltimų pėdsakais. ISBN 9955-08-547-9 (Lithuanian)
  • Murderous Methods, Preface by Michael Baden. Columbia University Press, New York 2005. ISBN 0-231-13118-6
    • 살인 본능 / 법의곤충학자가 들려주는 살인자 추적기, 마르크 베네케 지음 | 김희상 번역 | 알마. ISBN 978-89-92525-60-2 (Korean Version of "Mordmethoden")
  • Lachende Wissenschaft. Aus den Geheimarchiven des Spaß-Nobelpreises, Lübbe, Bergisch-Gladbach 2005. ISBN 3-404-60556-X (German)
    • "ПРИКОЛЬНАЯ НАУКА 1.ИЗ ТАЙНЫХ АРХИВОВ ШНОБЕЛЕВСКОЙ ПРЕМИИ", Moscow, книжный клуб 36.6, 2011, ISBN 978-5-98697-232-9 (Russian)
  • 怎麽有人研究這個? 法醫昆蟲學家的搞笑諾貝爾報告 / 怎么有人研究这个? 法医昆虫学家的搞笑诺贝尔报告. Taiwan: 馬克∙班内可, VR: 马克∙班内可 (Chinese)
  • Dem Täter auf der Spur. So arbeitet die moderne Kriminalbiologie, Lübbe, Bergisch-Gladbach 2006. ISBN 3-404-60562-4 (German)
    • 모든 범죄는 흔적을 남긴다 / 법의곤충학자가 들려주는 과학수사 이야기, 원서명 (Dem Ta). ISBN 978-89-92525-33-6 (Korean Version of "Dem Täter auf der Spur")
  • Memento Mori, Edition Roter Drache, Rudolstadt 2012. ISBN 978-3-939459-39-2
  • Mordspuren. Neue spektakuläre Kriminalfälle – erzählt vom bekanntesten Kriminalbiologen der Welt, Lübbe, Bergisch Gladbach 2007 ISBN 978-3-7857-2307-4 (German)
    • 연쇄 살인범의 고백 / 법의학자가 들려주는 살인 조서 이야기, 마르크 베네케 지음 | 송소민 번역 | 알마. ISBN 978-89-92525-43-5 (Korean Version of "Mordspuren")
  • Medical Detectives (Preface), vgs Verlagsgesellschaft, Köln 2005. ISBN 3-8025-3446-8 (German)
  • Vampires among us, Sequenz Medien Produktion, Fuchstal-Welden 2006. ISBN 3-935977-75-1
    • Vampire unter uns! (mit E. Wawrzyniak, N. Palanetskaya & K. Sonntag), Edition Roter Drache, Rudolstadt, 2009. ISBN 978-3-939459-24-8
  • Wo bleibt die Maus?, Sauerländer, Oberentfelden 2008. ISBN 3-7941-5174-7 (German)
  • Wo bleibt die Maus? Buchvolk-Verlag, Zwickau 2016. ISBN 978-3-944581-12-5
    • Hvor blev musen af? En historie om livets kredsløb, Klematis Forlag. ISBN 87-641-0304-8 (Danish, Oversætter: Mette Jørgensen, Illustrationer: Lisa Fuss)
  • Ölümün İzleri, Kırmızı Kedi. ISBN 978-9944-75-619-8 (Turkish)
  • Cinayet Yöntemleri, Kırmızı Kedi. ISBN 978-6055-34-045-2 (Turkish)
  • Warum man Spaghetti nicht durch zwei teilen kann, Luebbe, Bergisch Gladbach 2009. ISBN 3-7857-2368-7
    • "ПРИКОЛЬНАЯ НАУКА 2.ИЗ ТАЙНЫХ АРХИВОВ ШНОБЕЛЕВСКОЙ ПРЕМИИ", Moscow, книжный клуб 36.6, 2011, ISBN 978-5-98697-233-6 (Russian)

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