Famous TV cop Derrick dies

German actor Horst Tappert, who played Inspector Derrick in a long-running television police series shown in more than 100 countries, has died at age 85, celebrity magazine Bunte reported Monday.

Famous TV cop Derrick dies

Tappert died in a Munich clinic in southern Germany on Saturday, the magazine said, quoting his wife Ursula. The cause of death was not given.

“Derrick,” a series in Germany which ran from 1973 to 1997, solved his cases through cold reasoning rather than brute force. Suspects usually confessed their guilt after the tall and quiet German police inspector, with owlish glasses, assisted by sidekick Harry Klein, had

built watertight cases against them.

The cult series, which drew fans as far afield as Australia, China and South Africa, was televised in 281 episodes of 60 minutes each, a Friday evening staple for many years in Germany.

Born in the Rhineland in 1923, Tappert was conscripted into the German army during World War II and held prisoner for a short time after the war. After briefly working as an accountant, he started his acting career in the theatre before moving on to films and television in the late 1950s.

In one of his last interviews in May, Tappert told Bunte that he liked the peace and quiet of retirement.

“I value just being alone with my wife. I don’t really see old colleagues anymore, most of them are already dead. I’ll be joining them soon,” he said.


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.