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Christmas market visitors poisoned

The Local · 9 Dec 2011, 14:36

Published: 09 Dec 2011 14:36 GMT+01:00

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The man first was seen at a market in the capital’s Charlottenburg district, where he told two foreign visitors he was a new father and wanted to celebrate by offering them free drinks of alcohol, Der Tagesspiegel newspaper reported on Friday.

Shortly after drinking, the 26-year-old Italian and 24-year-old Slovakian fell seriously ill, suffering seizures and vomiting, police said. The 24-year-old was taken to the hospital after falling unconscious.

At about 9 pm the man was spotted again at a holiday market in the Mitte district. He repeated the same story to three women in their 20s, who accepted drinks. After they began vomiting and drifting out of consciousness, officials rushed them to a clinic, the newspaper reported.

Police said the victims may have been given a mixture of alcohol and so-called “knockout drops” meant to render people unconscious so they can be robbed or sexually assaulted.

But because the man did not rob or otherwise assault the Christmas market victims, it is unclear what his actual malevolent motivation may have been other than making people sick.

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Police are now searching for a slim man in his mid-40s, about 1.8 metres tall with short, dark blond hair.

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16:31 December 9, 2011 by Lisa Rusbridge
It surprises me that anyone would accept a beverage from a stranger who walks up them and just hands it to them requesting they drink it (celebratory or not). I thought adults knew only to accept beverages bottled by a manufacturer and sealed, preferably with a metal lid and metal sealing ring (plastics seals and rings can be easily tampered with).

The articles seems to puzzle over this crime because there was no robbery or sexual assault involved after the people were drugged. It obviously was enough of a motive of this wacko stranger to only want to make these innocent, gullible people ill. Some nut jobs get their jollies from wreaking havoc in other peoples lives, putting these innocent lives in danger, costing these people time and money. Somewhere on the TT threads today is the subject of people throwing things from overpasses onto highways and cars. This is another example of someone willfully causing injury and sometimes death to other(s) just for the thrill of it.

Generally speaking the world is filled with good, kind people. It's the wild card crazies who you have to be on the look out for and who try to ruin it for the majority.
18:19 December 9, 2011 by nolibs
This is a side-effect of "mufti-culturalism". I'm not saying an foreigner did this, I'm just saying that if you want to see the future of Germany, just look at Berlin.

The USA used to be like Germany with unlocked doors, safe streets, etc., but somewhere along the line that got lost. I see that happening to Germany and Austria too unfortunately. I have friends in Austria that now lock their doors due to crime...almost unheard of just 20 years ago.
18:45 December 9, 2011 by LecteurX
Wow, nolibs, isn't that pure genius? And the (British) bomb found in the Rhine in Koblenz last week, was it also another "side-effect of multiculturalism"?
20:12 December 9, 2011 by derExDeutsche
According to a story I read this week, Gluhwein sales have been weak this year. Maybe one of the stalls owners wanted to give the police a good reason to Ban outside alcohol in the square.
23:09 December 9, 2011 by DULS
I guess someone was passing some of that ancient roman wine around.
08:20 December 10, 2011 by wood artist
I think we should notify the Guinness people, not because of the problem alcohol, but because of the New World Record Leap in Logic displayed by nolibs. I can't being to conceive of how this crime has anything whatsoever to do with multi-culturalism. Wow!

12:43 December 10, 2011 by boopsie
Never take food from strangers folks.
17:50 December 10, 2011 by pepsionice
Out of a hundred Germans....I doubt if more than three would accept something offered like this....unless they knew the person.
18:27 December 10, 2011 by derExDeutsche
@ pepsionice

A little peer pressure goes a long way, look at the anti-nuke movement. And what kind of red blooded early 20's male refuses a Shot under the pressure of an awkward moment? Especially in certain heavier drinking hamlets.
10:24 December 11, 2011 by Enough
What idoit takes a drink of something from a total stranger you meet on the street?
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