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Escape by murderer-rapist sparks manhunt

The Local · 7 May 2011, 14:30

Published: 07 May 2011 14:30 GMT+02:00

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The 28-year-old man disappeared from a state hospital in Karlsruhe-Wiesloch in unexplained circumstances, the local police said.

He was convicted of the murder of one woman taxi driver and the rape and attempted murder of a second.

Authorities described him as exceptionally ready to use violence, and warned that he could be in the Bodensee area as he has contacts there.

He was sentenced to life imprisonment in February and admitted to a psychiatric institute after being convicted of stabbing a taxi driver to death in Hagenau last June. He also raped and stabbed a second taxi driver who survived, badly injured.

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18:00 May 7, 2011 by jmclewis
Good picture, I will look for him.
18:16 May 7, 2011 by Englishted
"The 28-year-old man disappeared from a state hospital in Karlsruhe-Wiesloch in unexplained circumstances, the local police said. "

I'll explain he escaped.Crazy when you see what he has done.
18:56 May 7, 2011 by nashville
Was it in Karlsruhe or Wiesloch? The two cities are about 45 km apart. Great details!
22:08 May 7, 2011 by Landmine
Second lunatic in a year that escapes after commiting multiple kurders in Germany. What? You all can't run the detentions centers like you did in WWII anymore????

07:36 May 8, 2011 by Gabriel Grubb
How does this scumbag get away with wearing a balaclava in court?
14:14 May 8, 2011 by wood artist
While I'm not sure I agree with it, I can understand the idea that suspects are not identified by their full name, and pictures are not generally published. However, once a person is convicted, that seems a bit strange. After all, their "rights" have been honored in that they received a trial and were found guilty (or entered a guilty plea).

So, since this guy is a convicted criminal, why is the picture limited to his eyes. Wouldn't others be more likely to report him if they knew what he looked like? Doesn't this just leave him more likely to evade recapture?

14:33 May 8, 2011 by Lachner
The facility where this dangerous criminal escaped from is located at Walldorf-Wiesloch and not at Karlsruhe-Wiesloch as the story reports. Yesterday here in Heidelberg, there was an intense search by the Bundespolizei with officers working on the rescue by foot, bikes, patrol cars, and by helicopter. No news yet whether he was arrested.

I agree that a picture and name of the criminal would be highly beneficial for people to keep an eye out for their own safety and also to report him if they see him.
14:38 May 8, 2011 by XFYRCHIEF
Now I understand Germany's issues with the killing of Bin Laden - your are so obsessed with the rights of the criminal you have forgotten about the rights of the victims - and potential victims! So, if you are in the area of the Bodensee watch out for a man wearing a balaclava...
14:59 May 8, 2011 by WTM
There are pictures of him in other german newspapers.. Geez.. How about a little respect for the country you're now living in?! We're merely foreigners in this country.. Don't you hate it when you hear a foreigner in your country b$%ching about the measliest thing?! I sure do! As for the death of bin Laden.. Although the world is a better place now.. It's not right to be joyous over the death of ANY man - it's NOT christian.. They celebrated 9/11 - HOW ARE WE ANY DIFFERENT IF WE DO THE SAME???
15:37 May 8, 2011 by Landmine
In America, if you commit a crime, your face is hidden until you are tried. If you are convicted, all bets are off and your face is allowed to be publicly published. Here, the guy kills people and they know he would do it again and they still cover his face. What stupidity is that? People should be able to see it and if he were to run away like he has, people could possibly recognize him and contact the police...
20:16 May 8, 2011 by tallady
Now through the negligence of the system this dangerous physcopath is out and about ,scary to say the least.
21:12 May 8, 2011 by XFYRCHIEF
German officials are seeking help in locating and apprehending the so-called "Bodensee Taxi Murderer." They have released a photo (see above) of the person who is described as (information withheld for privacy reasons), and is (information withheld for privacy reasons) tall, weighing (information withheld for privacy reasons). His last known place of residence was (information withheld for privacy reasons). He is believed to be in the (information withheld for privacy reasons) area. Anyone who sees this person should not invade his privacy by calling the police.

And, while I agree with Landmine, in America your face is not hidden before trial. One can argue either side of the equation - one side, if found innocent, the other in case other victims recognize the person from image shown by the media.
07:46 May 9, 2011 by proclusian
Well, it is obvious WHY he escaped: clearly he is a ninja!

In all seriousness, his name is Andrej Welz, and all you have to do to find a photo is google Bodensee Taxi-Morder and restrict your results to the past 24 hours. Click through the first few results and eventually you will come to an article with a photo. He is 29 years old. Police say if you see him not to approach.
17:55 May 9, 2011 by donniaahumanoid
that's very disturbing news. is it easy for criminals to escape in germany or is this just a rare occurance? i hope they catch him.
18:52 May 9, 2011 by EastPrussia
He looks like the hamburgler. Perhaps a sporting goods store employee?

I have seldom heard of a killer (serial or anything else) in Germany. That seems like a U.S. phenomena.
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