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Seven-year-old found in forest was murdered

The Local · 26 Jun 2011, 11:35

Published: 26 Jun 2011 11:35 GMT+02:00

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The autopsy carried out on the girl enabled investigators to "determine without a doubt that this was a homicide," police spokesman Eberhard Wagner said.

Police did not release further information about the circumstances of the death due to the ongoing investigation.

Walkers came upon the still-clothed body of the girl in a forest creek near the town of Zella-Mehlis in southern Thuringia. The body's location was about 1.5 kilometres from where the girl had lived with her mother.

The girl had been missing since Friday evening when she failed to return from school.

On Saturday evening, a vigil was held in the town in which some 700 people took part, police said.

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13:16 June 26, 2011 by Bushdiver
Another sick bastard on the loose. When they catch him they should skin him alive and make him suffer like hell. No pity for people like this.
14:00 June 26, 2011 by Lachner
I hope this sick bastard rots in Hell!
17:02 June 26, 2011 by auslanderus
If is caught, he will spend a couple of years in jail then out. No life sentence here in Germany.
17:23 June 26, 2011 by Cazkey
I know I am starting something, but this is why we have the death penalty in the US. People who commit crimes like this deserve nothing less. We as a society have a right to protect our children from monsters that commit murder.
22:11 June 26, 2011 by wood artist

You are correct that this is the reasoning behind having the law on the books. However, as applied, it's a total failure.

1. It's not applied uniformly.

2. There are documented cases where innocent people were convicted and sentenced. Fortunately, there are no known sentences where an innocent was executed, although it's highly likely there are some.

3. With appeals and whatever it takes forever to actually conduct an execution.

4. Financially it costs more to execute than to sentence to Life without Parole.

5. It doesn't serve as a deterent.

6. The only "benefit" is that it makes some vindictive people feel good.

In short, that's not something to brag about. A true Life Sentence would be more functional, and...in fact...is more functional.

01:52 June 27, 2011 by fourwheeler77
@wood artist

You are completely correct in your stance on the death penalty. I used to be completely pro death penalty until I did much research on the topic and had to write a few papers on it. I am still a little pro death penalty because it give closure to the families of victims like this.

I do believe there have been some documented cases of an innocent person being executed.
07:29 June 27, 2011 by SAner
@wood artist

1. You are right, that should be sorted.

2. Most of the executed were guilty!

3. If somebody killed a child and all the evidence are there, there SHOULD not be even time to appeal - what reason on earth could a child give a grown-up to kill them????

4. Seriously ... I do not believe you!!!!!! You made that one up as you went along.

5. It does.

6. You are wrong - it rids the world from a murderer!

Why anybody needs to go and look on, when a person is being executed, I would not know, but then again - I have not(thank God) been in the situation of the loved ones left behind.

Human rights seem to just do more for the people who want to commit crimes(whether theft, attacts, terrorist or murder).
12:23 June 27, 2011 by moistvelvet
"him"... or her! I hope the police don't automatically make the same assumption and limit their investigation.
18:01 June 27, 2011 by Jack Kerouac
@Bushdiver - "No pity for people like this. " Agreed. No mercy - castrate and throw in prison forever.
19:14 June 27, 2011 by Gretl
I have a seven year old girl. Thinking of someone hurting my daughter makes me want to vomit. How could anyone hurt a child? I just don't understand.
21:35 June 27, 2011 by TRJ

4. Wood Artist is correct. It is FAR more expensive to execute rather than imprison for life because the expense takes into consideration the appeals process afforded under the constitution. One might argue that the guilty should not be entitled to the appeals, but then we'd have to stop calling our country America and possibly go with Soviet Union or Nazi Germany or China.

5. The number of murders in the country continued to increase steadily on a per capita basis after the death penalty was re-instituted in the 1970's and it is generally agreed to not be an effective deterrent against violent crime (even by most pro-death penalty experts).

6. The benefit of pursuing justice by way of vengeance against the transgressor is, in fact, a palpable and probably sustaining reason for the death penalty. A curiosity among pro-death penalty Americans is the number of documented assertions that the "eye for an eye" theory of justice comes from the bible when it actually first appeared in Hammurabi's Code.
22:56 June 27, 2011 by TheChanger

4. Negative. All criminals regardless of their crime/sentence are entitled to the appeals process. Whether placed in prison for life or death doesn't matter. Therefore this does not increase the cost of a death sentence. Secondly, the "cost" of a death sentence vs a life sentence depends mainly on the age and future medical condition of the person sentenced. A death sentence yields expenses up to and including the death. A life sentence yields expenses for the rest of the person's life, including medical, which will be substantially longer in many cases, therefore reaching substantially larger amounts.

5. Again a misconception. There is no way to validate this as truth because not all states have reinstated the death penalty, and no one asks the people that are incarcerated whether or not the death penalty caused them NOT to kill their victim in their case. There really has been no valid research done, therefore this arguement holds no water. Basing this on "per capita crime statistics" doesn't work because it doesn't take into account many other socio-economic, geographic and demographic conditions.

6. No need to comment too much on this, it has nothing to do with anything.
23:34 June 28, 2011 by LittleSheepCreek
They executed Nazis for this kind of thing but this bastard will get off with a couple of years in Jail. When are you Germans going to stop feeling guilty about WWII? It's over and most of the Nazis are dead now so get over it and punish criminals.
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