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Murder suspect posts 'did you see me?' advert

The Local · 17 Apr 2012, 10:27

Published: 17 Apr 2012 10:27 GMT+02:00

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"Did anyone see me on December 29, 2011 between 12:00 and 13:10 in or around the thermal baths in Ludwigsfelde?" Heinrich Scholl wrote in the ad placed in the weekend edition of local paper Blickpunkt.

"I was wearing a three-quarter length dark-blue raincoat and blue jeans,” the 68-year-old added.

Scholl, who was mayor of the small eastern German town of Ludwigsfelde from 1990 until 2008, then calls on potential witnesses to get in touch with the police or the state prosecutor in Potsdam.

The ad was addressed to "Dear Ludwigsfelders, visitors to the thermal baths and guests in the town."

Scholl is currently the only suspect in investigations into the murder of his 67-year-old wife Brigitte, whose body was found in a forest near the town on December 30. He is also suspected of killing their dog.

Ralf Roggenbuck, spokesman for Potsdam state prosecutors, told the Bild newspaper he had never seen anything like the former mayor’s advert.

He added that no-one had responded as yet, and that investigations were continuing.

Ludwigsfelde, with a total population of 24,000, was shocked by the case, though there remains no clear motive for the killing.

It remains unclear whether the place where she was found was also the scene of her death, though they are assuming that the murder took place while Brigitte Scholl was taking her spaniel for a walk.

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According to a report in the Tagesspiegel newspaper from January, neighbours did not notice any problems in the Scholls' marriage.

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Your comments about this article

12:08 April 17, 2012 by Sayer
Given the less than stellar performance of the prosecutors in recent cases (ref. woman forced to pay for defence on acquital) Mr. Scholl can't do any worse.
12:22 April 17, 2012 by raandy
The assumption that who ever killed the women also killed the dog, that is really connecting the dots.
08:42 April 18, 2012 by wood artist

When you think about it, this move probably makes some sense. If the police have really focused in on him, they may not be actively seeking witnesses who could (I'm assuming that's why he posted the ad) verify his alibi. If he wasn't with "friend" then he's searching for somebody he doesn't know otherwise. If we assumed he was innocent, then just maybe somebody did see him, and doesn't realize that knowledge is important.

Of course, this could also be a publicity game, but it hurts nothing to do it. Maybe it even forces the police to focus more broadly, even if they're pretty sure he's the guy. In any case, if you wanted to reach somebody you don't know, and had no other way, this makes sense. He has nothing to lose.

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