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Autopsy reveals Lörrach woman smothered son

The Local · 21 Sep 2010, 15:21

Published: 21 Sep 2010 15:21 GMT+02:00

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The 41-year-old woman first knocked her son unconscious and then smothered him with the bag, police in the southwestern German town announced.

After she killed her ex-partner and son, and then apparently caused an explosion in their apartment, Sabine R. went to a nearby hospital where she murdered an orderly and seriously wounded a policeman. Other officers responding to emergency calls shot her 17 times, killing her, according to the autopsy.

The father of her child died from two gunshot wounds, one to the head and the other to the neck. Investigators told news agency DPA that both father and son were found lying side by side on a bed.

After leaving the apartment, the woman, a recreational shooter, went to the neighbouring St Elizabeth Hospital with a legally owned 22-calibre sports pistol and a knife.

There she shot a 56-year-old orderly three times in the head and neck and stabbed him in the upper body several times.

In total, 18 people were injured during the rampage, including those hurt in the explosion in the apartment building.

What precisely triggered Sabine R.’s rampage is still not clear, though some media have reported that she had argued with her ex-partner, possibly about custody of their son. Colleagues and people who knew her said Sabine R. had become increasingly distressed and embittered, the Badische Zeitung reported Tuesday.

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16:21 September 21, 2010 by Jazzineva
This level of violent rage from a woman is extremely rare indeed and at least I'm glad of that. It's such a horrible tragedy and I hope all of the victims heal as swiftly as possible. On this International Peace Day, I wish peace for Lörrach.
16:35 September 21, 2010 by Bushdiver
@ Hutcho..........I suppose after eliminating all guns to the public sector you would also abolish alcohol and cigarette use. There is no way possible to ever get weapons out of the public's hands.
17:04 September 21, 2010 by dbert4
She might have smothered the son, she couldn't have smothered the man. That took a gun.
03:37 September 22, 2010 by Wobinidan
Let's face it, you are ALWAYS at risk of being killed by a crazy person. If you ban guns, they can stab you. If you ban knives, they can hit you with a hammer. If you ban hammers, the crazy person always has something else up his or her sleeve. Perhaps the police officer that was shot would have been able to defend himself, but every member of the public is always at risk; that's called life.

You can go ahead and ban this or that, but you will never be 100% safe. There are crazy people everywhere. Living in Berlin, I have to deal with several every day, just on the street. But so far I'm not dead, nor have I seen any violence. Most people are unaffected by violence in Germany, and that's how it will remain. Germany is one of the safest countries in the world, and if you don't like it, you are free to move to Liechtenstein or somewhere safer like that. But you won't have as much freedom or fun as you do here.
05:40 September 22, 2010 by JohnPaul44
The police shot her only 17 times? Wow! That is real gun control. And everyone knows how deadly those evil plastic bags can be. Society would be much better off if they were banned.
07:27 September 22, 2010 by TexasBelle
Another case of suicide by cop.
09:16 September 22, 2010 by annan1063
There are always going to be people who do this sort of thing. Being from the USA, sadly, this does not shock me one bit. In the States, it happens someplace every single day.
10:05 September 22, 2010 by JohnPaul44
@ Oblomov


"...legally owned weapons - yes, weapons owned by fine, upstanding, tax-paying and law-abiding citizens - are a problem"

Did I read that right? Is that really what you meant to say? The weapons owned by fine, law-abiding citizens are a problem, but weapons owned by criminals are not?

I know you really don't believe that inanimate weapons by themselves hunt down and kill people. The people who hold them must help the weapons in some way. I don't see how a gun could pull its own trigger without some human help!

Assuming you don't really mean that the weapons, as inanimate objects, are somehow a problem in themselves, the only conclusion I can draw from your rather peculiar statement is that all fine, upstanding, tax-paying and law-abiding citizens are a problem and should be banned. Killed, or simply imprisoned? As liberal logic goes, this takes the cake!
01:06 September 24, 2010 by Prufrock2010
Guns don't kill people. People kill people. Their weapons of choice are guns.
02:37 September 24, 2010 by JohnPaul44
Automobiles don't kill people. Drunk drivers kill people. Their weapons of choice are automobiles.

The last figures I remember show that the drunk drivers are ahead of gun owners by a score of at least 80 to 1

Of course, liberals always slant the score against gun owners by including all fully justified shootings, such as those in self-defense or by police officers in the line of duty, in their count of deaths caused by guns.

The majority of gun deaths are the result of such fully justified self-defense shootings. More than a million incidents occur every year in America where a gun has prevented a crime, although in most cases the mere possession of the gun is sufficient.

How many deaths caused by drunk drivers are the result of fully justified drinking?
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