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Personal ad led to arrest of Germany’s most wanted man

New details have emerged about the arrest last week of Thomas Wolf, Germany’s most wanted man: He was caught after posting a personal ad looking for a wife, Bild am Sonntag reported Sunday.

Personal ad led to arrest of Germany’s most wanted man
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The 56-year-old had escaped from prison three times and had a €100,000 reward on his head for multiple run-ins with the law, including the kidnapping of the wife of a top banker in Wiesbaden in March. Wolf received €1.8 million as ransom for her release.

But Wolf’s lonely heart led to his downfall, Bild reported.

Police were tipped-off to Wolf by the woman who had responded to his May 16th personal ad in the “Seeking Marriage” section of the daily Hamburger Abendblatt, which had advertised Wolf as “cultivated but seldom boring” and “financially independent.”

The woman, known only as Eva S., met Wolf twice for dinner, where he told her he had “skeletons in the closet” and could appear in public. Wolf then told her had a fortune in cash and asked for her help. Would she rent an apartment, register a car and open a bank account, all under her name? In return, Wolf offered Eva S. €100,000.

Wolf didn’t mention his past as a kidnapper or bank robber, but implied that he had embezzled the money from a car dealer. Eva S. expressed surprise and said she needed time to think about his offer.

On the cab ride home, Wolf gave her his mobile phone number. A few days later, he called Eva S. and said he was being kicked out his hotel and asked to spend the night with her. She declined, but offered to put him up with friends of hers. Wolf didn’t take the offer and an uncertain Eva S. asked friends for advice. One of them found Wolf’s wanted picture online and when Eva S. saw the photo, she turned to the police.

Police were able to track Wolf’s approximate whereabouts using his mobile phone and on Thursday, an investigator recognised Wolf and arrested him. Agents found €140,000 cash in his hotel room. Wolf currently awaits hearings in a Hamburg prison cell. Eva S. left the city on Friday and is now at undisclosed location, Bild reported.

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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.

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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