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Woman killed in sadomasochistic game near Potsdam

A dead woman found in a motel room near Potsdam on Monday is thought to have died in a bizarre sadomasochistic sex game, German daily Bild reported on Wednesday.

Police traced the mobile phone of her 37-year-old scientist lover Michael F. and found him in the woods outside of town as he was contemplating suicide, the public prosecutor’s office confirmed on Wednesday. He told police she had died accidentally.

Anja P., 20, had met with him at the motel in Beelitz-Heilstätten to model for fetish photos over the weekend, Bild reported.

According to Bild, the young woman was found bound and gagged, but German news agency DPA reports that a Potsdam public prosecutor’s office spokeswoman denied this on Wednesday afternoon.

The scientist from Mainz who is a project leader at the Senckenberg Research Institute and Natural History Museum booked a room at the motel on Thursday. The lodgings were created from what was once a lung sanitarium and would be “the perfect backdrop for morbid and bizarre film shoots,” Bild reported.

The two were apparently participating in a photo shoot that involved more than 30 models and hobby photographers.

The scene of her death in the two-room suite revealed spots of blood on the bedding, and wax droplets on the hardwood floors from a black candle that had burned down.

The pair were last seen in a nearby restaurant on Saturday afternoon. Some guests told the paper they remember the woman from Teltow-Fläming was wearing fishnet stockings as she dined on crepes with chanterelle mushrooms.

The Potsdam public prosecutor’s office said Michael F. is now suspected of manslaughter.

An autopsy has not revealed the cause of death and court doctors are waiting on toxicology reports to see if she was under the influence of drugs at the time of her death, the paper reported.

CRIME

German man jailed for killing petrol station worker in mask row

A 50-year-old German man was jailed for life Tuesday for shooting dead a petrol station cashier because he was angry about being told to wear a mask while buying beer.

German man jailed for killing petrol station worker in mask row

The September 2021 murder in the western town of Idar-Oberstein shocked Germany, which saw a vocal anti-mask and anti-vaccine movement emerge in response to the government’s coronavirus restrictions.

The row started when 20-year-old student worker Alex W. asked the man to put on a mask inside the shop, as required in all German stores at the time.

After a brief argument, the man left.

The perpetrator – identified only as Mario N. – returned about an hour and a half later, this time wearing a mask. But as he bought his six-pack of beer to the till, he took off his mask and another argument ensued.

He then pulled out a revolver and shot the cashier in the head point-blank.

On Tuesday, the district court in Bad-Kreuznach convicted Mario N. of murder and unlawful possession of a firearm, and handed him a life sentence.

READ ALSO: Shock in Germany after cashier shot dead in Covid mask row

Under German law, people given a life sentence can usually seek parole after 15 years. His defence team had sought a sentence of manslaughter, rather than murder.

At the start of the trial, prosecutor Nicole Frohn told how Mario N. had felt increasingly angry about the measures imposed to curb the pandemic, seeing them as an infringement on his rights.

“Since he knew he couldn’t reach the politicians responsible, he decided to kill him (Alex W.),” she said.

Mario N. turned himself in to police the day after the shooting.

German has relaxed most of its coronavirus rules, although masks are still required in some settings, such as public transport.

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