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Deadly Lörrach rampage was premeditated

The Local · 24 Sep 2010, 16:01

Published: 24 Sep 2010 16:01 GMT+02:00

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The 41-year-old lawyer Sabine R. had amassed about 50 litres of Nitrocellulose lacquer, between 10 and 20 litres of gasoline and several litres of ethyl alcohol. The three substances make up an explosive combination, and were used to blow up an apartment on September 19 after she killed her ex-partner and their five-year-old son.

On Tuesday autopsies revealed that she had first knocked her son unconscious and then smothered him with a plastic bag, and that the father of her child had died of two bullet wounds to the head and neck.


After leaving the apartment, Sabine R., a recreational markswoman, went to the neighbouring St Elizabeth Hospital with a legally owned 22-calibre sports pistol and a knife, shooting at a few passersby on the way, before killing an orderly in the gynaecological ward and injuring a police officer before she was shot dead by other officers.

Earlier in the week media reports said that the woman had a miscarriage at the hospital in 2004, but on Friday investigators in the southwestern city said that she had also been turned down for a job in the hospital administration in 2006.

The motive for her deadly rampage seems to have been personal frustration, investigators said.

“According to the information available, the woman had a hard time with the separation from her husband and child,” a statement from the public prosecutor’s office said. “She also had difficulties finding her feet professionally.“

Her husband had left her for a new girlfriend in June, the statement added.

Sabine R. had also sought psychotherapy following several miscarriages, but did not stay in treatment long-term – something her husband had encouraged, investigators said.

She had also planned to take a course on hunting, and had stored three of her four weapons with a local hunter. She used the fourth weapon during her deadly rampage.

The 56-year-old hospital orderly, who Sabine R. shot three times in the head and stabbed several times in the upper body, was buried on Friday. With his death, he likely prevented the slaughter of several others, prosecutors said in a statement.

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The woman had more than 300 rounds of ammunition on hand, but he managed to stall her for a “lengthy period of time” until the first police officer arrived on the scene.

Both Protestant and Catholic churches in Lörrach have memorial services planned for the victims of the rampage on Saturday.


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00:37 September 25, 2010 by Prufrock2010
This is eerily reminiscent of Erwin Mikolajczyk, who murdered a bunch of people in a courthouse in Euskirchen in 1994, then blew himself up with a bomb strapped to his body.

We don't need any gun control in Germany. Hell no.
04:11 September 25, 2010 by blufx1963
Guns don't kill people. People do.
08:43 September 25, 2010 by MichaSeifert-Weiss
So terribly sad and wasteful. Heart-breaking.

People use guns to kill to give themselves the physical distance to kill with more emotional distance, and also to kill with greater ease and success. It does need to become more difficult for people to own guns, and all the weapons really ought to be stored permanently in sport shooting venues, with regular police checks to ensure that the venues are capable of maintaining such security.

Yes, always there will be ways to kill en masse without guns, but let's deal with one problem at a time.

My condolences go to the families of everyone involved in this awful disaster.
09:59 September 25, 2010 by Johnne

"Guns don´t kill people. People do" is a ridiculous statement. so, guns ain´t dangerous weapons right? another way of saying there´s nothing wrong in carrying a gun so long as you can contorl yourself. Menawhile we forget that having such weapons is evil, and the devils prevails where there is an evil tool.
11:22 September 25, 2010 by JohnPaul44
I was going to point out the ridiculous logic in the post above, but when I saw the statements "having such weapons is evil" and "the devil prevails," I decided not to bother. It is dangerous to antagonize such people. God might tell him to kill me! Not with a gun, of course!
00:36 September 26, 2010 by Prufrock2010
More fun and games with guns, as of today.


Who needs gun regulation?
14:39 September 26, 2010 by Bob Morris
"Guns don't kill people. People do." What utter nonse. Does a gun load itself? Cock itself? Pull its own trigger? People kill and injure other people through use of a gun. A gun doesn't do that without a person to handle it, right? I mean, know it's hard, but try to be reasonable, OK?
20:02 September 26, 2010 by Peter Hammerer
More people die from cars than by gun in the USA and Germany !! If a gun is banned then cars should be also ! Also I would like to add that more people die from walking than from guns ! Take the time and educate yourself and not jump to conclusions brought out by fear !
22:47 September 26, 2010 by Prufrock2010
Interesting point, although no one is suggesting banning guns. The suggestion is to control ownership of them. Moreover, cars have social utility and there are laws relating to automotive safety. Guns have no social utility other than to kill other living creatures. I agree with your point about taking time to educate yourself, and highly recommend it.
09:32 September 27, 2010 by JohnPaul44
Guns have no social utility? What part of paradise do you live in? I live in a relatively safe small town, but in the few years I have lived here, several "old codgers" like myself have been killed in the local area by your "other living creatures." Not with guns, but twice with a baseball bat.

Before retiring, my wife needed to make occasional automobile trips alone, and after reading about one particularly horrible attack on a woman alone, she decided it was time to abandon her aversion to guns and face reality. She purchased a gun, learned to use it very well, and got a CCW permit. She felt much safer, and so did I, knowing she was well able to protect herself, whether alone at home or on a trip..

It is fun to argue with you, but some of your ideas seem so "other-worldly" that I hardly know how to address them.
11:36 September 27, 2010 by Prufrock2010
It would be helpful if you didn't quote me out of context. I wrote: "Guns have no social utility other than to kill other living creatures." Apparently that was the purpose of your wife carrying a gun; i.e., to kill someone in self-defense who might attack her. That's why I owned guns when I lived in California, and carried a gun with me whenever I drove across the Mojave desert. Fortunately I never had to use it.

I was once married to a woman who was skilled with firearms. Unfortunately she was also insane, so it should have come as no surprise to me when she found my .357 on the closet shelf and decided to go on a shooting spree in our bedroom, blasting the bejezzus out of my antique dresser. She was served with divorce papers the next day and is, one assumes, now brandishing weapons in another jurisdiction. Or with any luck she finally turned the weapon on herself and put it to good use. One can only hope.

Since you live in California, may I ask how your wife was able to obtain a CCW permit? They're very difficult to obtain in California unless you're personal friends with the local police chief. I was refused one even though I had a letter to the police chief from a Superior Court judge recommending that I be issued a carry permit because of documented threats on my life by certain members of organized crime with whom I was in litigation.
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