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'Bad Santa' poisons girl at Christmas market
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'Bad Santa' poisons girl at Christmas market

Published: 11 Dec 2011 13:50 GMT+01:00
Updated: 11 Dec 2011 13:50 GMT+01:00

A 15-year-old girl fell ill at a Berlin Christmas market on Saturday, bringing to eight the number of confirmed Christmas-market-poisonings this week. This time, though, the poisoner was apparently dressed as Santa Claus.

The unknown man offered the girl a paper cup containing the German spirit Schnaps at the market near Berlin's Alexanderplatz. After drinking it, she vomited and suffered short-term memory loss.

Doctors confirmed that a substance, not yet identified, had been mixed into the drink.

It is unclear whether the poisoner was the same man who poisoned at least seven people in various Christmas markets around Berlin this week.

The man was first seen at a market in the capital’s Charlottenburg district, where he told two foreign visitors he was a new father and wanted to celebrate by offering them free drinks of alcohol, Der Tagesspiegel newspaper reported on Friday.

Police said the victims may have been given a mixture of alcohol and so-called “knockout drops” meant to render people unconscious so they can be robbed or sexually assaulted.

Police are now searching for a slim man in his mid-40s, about 1.8 metres tall with short, dark blond hair.

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14:45 December 11, 2011 by Lachner
I'm still baffled that so many people would accept to ingest an unknown drink offered by a complete stranger. These people are either complete idiots or extremely naive to do this, so I guess they had it coming.
15:00 December 11, 2011 by DickShawnsDiction
^ I'm assuming you have your alibi in place, then, Lachner... (laugh)
22:34 December 11, 2011 by DOZ
What's wrong with the people of Germany? You guys are clearly sick and a danger to humanity. Probably explains the sickening Hansel and Gretal Fairy Tale. No wonder my mother was a nutcase.
00:44 December 12, 2011 by starsh3ro
DOZ you judge our whole population because of a few idiots?

ignorant much?
01:32 December 12, 2011 by reallybigdog
Don't pick on Doz... he just retarded!
01:35 December 12, 2011 by boopsie
So, how long will it be before they catch this nut?
13:01 December 12, 2011 by kohcherp
I'm not sure that this person is just roaming the Christmas market. I was in Berlin about 2 weekends ago, and someone offered me a drink (jagermeister) at the u-bahn station. From the description, I think it is likely to be the same person.
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