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Man's torture chamber awaited captive woman

The Local · 24 Aug 2011, 11:01

Published: 24 Aug 2011 11:01 GMT+02:00

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Thomas F. and his 26-year-old victim met each other through friends and had had sporadic contact up to last Friday, according to the police. That’s when the 30-year-old allegedly handcuffed the woman, threatened her with a gun and forced her into his apartment.

But during an unguarded moment, the woman pulled apart barbed wire covering a window, jumped out and ran away. Neighbours alerted the police, who arrested Thomas F. on suspicion of attempted kidnapping.

Police said they found all the windows in the flat had been barricaded. Thomas F. also had a large stock of food, handcuffs, a gun, a hand grenade and a sound-proofed telephone booth. In his apartment building’s basement, officials found explosive substances, the discovery of which forced the temporary evacuation of the building.

Police are now investigating whether Thomas F. has committed other crimes – he was previously convicted of assault, fraud and stalking charges. They are also meticulously going through every inch of the apartment.

“The apartment is being taken apart, piece by piece,” said one investigator.

The case has shocked Germany, with the media speculating about what his ultimate aims really were.

It has also surprised the man's neighbours, who said they thought he barricaded windows just as a protective measure.

“He told us that he wanted to protect himself from burglars, because he had already been broken into three times,” a neighbour told Die Welt newspaper on Wednesday.

Officials said they had discovered a bag filled with a self-mixed explosive substance that they suspect Thomas F. might have intended to fill into a collection of fire extinguishers.

A large swathe of the area was cordoned off and authorities used special vehicles to transport the devices elsewhere for testing.

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"We do not know what is going on with the fire extinguishers or whether they are related to the crime," police spokesman Mirko Streiber told Die Welt.

The police said that Thomas F. is refusing to cooperate in the investigation and communicate with detectives.

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11:36 August 24, 2011 by oldMoslin
WOuld it be possible to rpint the full name of the man and his addess intstead of writing just Thomas P. (what does P means)? As I know it is not printed/published because of privacy laws. But for a person who is making chambers to captive ladies is dangerous. So in his case his name can be published to people.

As it will alert them with mixing with him. Because this will alert not only the other neighbours in his area also where he wroks.

I have a feeling that privacy laws are sometimes enabling criminals to hide and give them more chances to commit the crimes again.
11:42 August 24, 2011 by Leegit
You're dumb. He is in police custody and will be going to jail. No one needs to be protected by posting his full name. Learn to think critically. k thanks ^ ^
11:49 August 24, 2011 by Moonboot
Altho for hiw long wil he be in prison?

Probly he has had a bad chikdhood or something, and he can only get done for the kidnapping and false imprisonment.
13:55 August 24, 2011 by oldMoslin
@leegit if I dumb you are dumber.

How long would this guy be staying in the jail? Once he returns he will comitt more crimes is not it ( as no matter you was a coal it is still black ). So it is better to publish the full names so that people can be beware of this guy.

Other wise you may be leegit b. ( where b can be beckmann or butcher)...how would the poeple would know if mr. buthcer or beckmann is the criminal and be careful while mixing?

In USA/UK elsewhere the names are published. Only here I see in the name of privacy law the criminals can hide themselves.

Wake up don't be so much dumb!
14:19 August 24, 2011 by dcgi
Yeah because there's no way that he could say change his address or even his name. There are nutters like this around, he's not the only one, better to go practice some self-defense and pray you never meet such a sicko.
14:29 August 24, 2011 by oldMoslin

But even then names can be published ( and I know in Germany you cannot change your name so easily). Plus a photograph can be published. As these "nutters" are not that rich that he would do a plastic surgery and change his face.

Laws are created for good things. I do support privacy law, what I meant that sometimes due to this law some criminals take the advantage that no one really knows his face nor his real name...so he carries a mind " no one knows me...I will comitt the crime again"..
15:21 August 24, 2011 by 9900lawre
@oldMoslin. Thomas F not Thomas P (doofus).

Possession of firearm with intent to cause fear of violence = 10 years, Attempt to cause explosion, making or keeping explosive etc = Life, False imprisonment & Kidnapping = Life. These are taken from a table of maximum sentence in european law.

People like this i presume would be well monitored when they did see this side of a cell again. at 55 years old ish.
15:56 August 24, 2011 by golfcricket
@oldMoslin ~ Give it up dude! You've already buried yourself.. Who cares what the beast looks like or what his name is.. If he escaped, then maybe I would be a little curious.. Even if he's convicted of everything, Germany will let him back on the streets in about 20 years and then you should be concerned..
16:13 August 24, 2011 by storymann
This individual is a serious menace to society,however it appears he is not the brightest light bulb in the room.

I would be willing to wager he receives less than 6 years incarceration.
16:47 August 24, 2011 by oldMoslin
He is on the way to be Ted Bundy of Deutschland ...
18:19 August 24, 2011 by Jack Kerouac
I know a way of getting him to cooperate with police...torture! (wouldn't that be ironic!)
18:39 August 24, 2011 by jg.
Innocent until proven guilty. His privacy will be protected up to his conviction, at which point his full name, photos and other identifying details can be published.
23:47 August 24, 2011 by crm114

there you go oldmoslin, perhaps now you can sleep at night
06:43 August 25, 2011 by Shirazz
How come that the other young guy in Berlin who tried to kill his ex wife, and ended up killing a few others in the car a few weeks ago....(can't remember names...old age) had his photo and full name exposed here and not this guy?

I believe if there's enough evidence (like in this case where all the goodies were found in his apartment) and witness (the girl who was kidnapped), then it's also helpful to expose his identity.

Read that the suspect is refusing to cooperate with investigation. So by exposing identity, those who had been in contact with him could come out to cooperate with the police. It could lead to many more clues, such as accomplices or like minded colleagues. This could save lives.
10:06 August 25, 2011 by oldMoslin
@shirazz nice writing. I agree, known people can tell more to the police.
11:27 August 25, 2011 by ECSNatale
If you can't get his name correct in your comments what makes anyone think you'll remember it when the guy gets out of jail. Some people should just read quietly to themselves and leave the commenting to others.
16:24 August 25, 2011 by Shirazz
Thank you oldmoslin.
23:18 August 25, 2011 by Englishted
We still live in a land where you are innocent until proved guilty.

So until he has his day in court you should not be the judges.

This comment was aimed at Shirazz and oldMoslin.
13:01 August 26, 2011 by Cayle
A few months ago, the "Taxi Morder" escaped from the psychiatric clinic in Wiesloch. Here, we had a situation where a convicted serial murderer was on the loose and being actively sought by the police. Still, his last name and photo were censored.

Perhaps the privacy laws should be relaxed for such cases?
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