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Murder probe focuses on cannibal site and garden

Police are continuing to scour the grounds of a guesthouse where a police detective allegedly killed a man he met on a cannibal website and buried his body parts.

Murder probe focuses on cannibal site and garden
Officers in the garden on Wednesday. Photo: DPA.

Photos released on Wednesday showed how officers had cleared an area around the house in Hartmannsdorf-Reichenau, Saxony, chopping down trees and digging trenches in the search.

Bild newspaper reported that body parts weighing 35 kg were found on Tuesday in the grounds.

Police detective Detlev G., who worked for worked for Saxony’s Office of Criminal Investigation, has admitted killing business consultant Wojciech S., but denied eating any of his body parts.

The men reportedly met on a cannibalism fetish site and the Polish-born consultant travelled from Hannover to Saxony where he was killed on November 4th.

The 55-year-old allegedly killed his victim in a basement by stabbing him in the neck. He then allegedly chopped up the body and buried the body parts in the garden of his home.

The victim is said to have expressed the wish to be killed and eaten, and the two men communicated extensively via email, online chat, and text messages, before they finally met. 

Police are now investigating to see whether he had contact with on the site.

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According to investigators, the men met in October on the same forum used by the infamous Rotenburg cannibal in 2001.

In 2001, German cannibal Armin Meiwes made international headlines for admitting to killing, mutilating and eating the flesh of a lover whom he had met on the internet via an advertisement looking for a "slaughter victim".

Meiwes was originally convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to eight and a half years in prison in 2004, but another court found him guilty of murder in a retrial and jailed him for life.

Detlev G. ran a guesthouse called Pension Gimmlitztal, which had rooms from €13 a night, and on Wednesday the Bild newspaper published photos of his kitchen and dining area.

Neighbours told Bild how Detlev and his husband invited them over for barbeques in the summer. 

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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.

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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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