Female Killers · Germany

Woman shoots man in court accused of assaulting and killing her daughter

March 6, 1981 Luebeck, West Germany Marianne Bachmeier (30) shoots the man who admitted to molesting and killing her 7-year-old daughter Anna On May 5, 1980, Anna Bachmeier skipped school to meet with a classmate friend, though she first visited the apartment of neighbor Klaus Grabowski (35) to play with his cats. Grabowski had been… Continue reading Woman shoots man in court accused of assaulting and killing her daughter

Executions · Female Killers · Germany · Serial Killers

Convicted serial killer Elisabeth Wiese is executed

February 2, 1905 Berlin, Germany “Angel maker” Elisabeth Wiese (51, pictured) is executed Elisabeth began a career as a midwife, though when she found herself unwed and pregnant, she switched professions to better provide for herself and her child. Elisabeth (whose surname was Berkefeld at the time) picked up the mantle of abortionist, which was… Continue reading Convicted serial killer Elisabeth Wiese is executed

Germany · Massacres/Mass Murder · School Violence

Teen goes on shooting spree, kills 15, self, injures 9

March 11, 2009 Winnenden and Wendlingen, Germany Tim Kretschmer (17) goes on a shooting spree, killing 15 and injuring 9 before killing himself At approximately 9:30 a.m., Kretschmer entered Albertville-Realschule, a secondary school he had left the year before. He headed straight to a classroom during a chemistry class and immediately began shooting students in… Continue reading Teen goes on shooting spree, kills 15, self, injures 9

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Man wanted for the murders of his wife and mother-in-law kills self while running from police

February 16, 1954 Cologne, Germany Donald John Merrett (alias Ronald John Chesney, 46) kills himself while on the run from police On March 17, 1926, when he was 19, Merrett’s mother died by a single gunshot wound behind her ear. Merrett told investigators he believe his mother had shot herself, an assumption that was initially… Continue reading Man wanted for the murders of his wife and mother-in-law kills self while running from police

Germany · Religion

Man kills his family, after supposedly losing money given to him by the Devil

January 2, 1621 Quedlinburg, Saxony, Holy Roman Empire (current day Germany) Heinrich Rosenzweig kills his wife and six children with a sword and axe Rosenzweig was a Jew in a time and place that saw much antisemitism, so the validity of the account is debatable. The woodcut-illustrated account of the murder reports Rosenzweig, a wealthy… Continue reading Man kills his family, after supposedly losing money given to him by the Devil