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Murder suspect posts ‘did you see me?’ advert

An ex-mayor accused of murdering his wife has taken out an advert in a local paper asking if anyone saw him on the day he reported her missing.

Murder suspect posts 'did you see me?' advert
Police search the Scholls' house. Photo: DPA

“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.

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

The Local/bk

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German man jailed for killing petrol station worker in mask row

A 50-year-old German man was jailed for life Tuesday for shooting dead a petrol station cashier because he was angry about being told to wear a mask while buying beer.

German man jailed for killing petrol station worker in mask row

The September 2021 murder in the western town of Idar-Oberstein shocked Germany, which saw a vocal anti-mask and anti-vaccine movement emerge in response to the government’s coronavirus restrictions.

The row started when 20-year-old student worker Alex W. asked the man to put on a mask inside the shop, as required in all German stores at the time.

After a brief argument, the man left.

The perpetrator – identified only as Mario N. – returned about an hour and a half later, this time wearing a mask. But as he bought his six-pack of beer to the till, he took off his mask and another argument ensued.

He then pulled out a revolver and shot the cashier in the head point-blank.

On Tuesday, the district court in Bad-Kreuznach convicted Mario N. of murder and unlawful possession of a firearm, and handed him a life sentence.

READ ALSO: Shock in Germany after cashier shot dead in Covid mask row

Under German law, people given a life sentence can usually seek parole after 15 years. His defence team had sought a sentence of manslaughter, rather than murder.

At the start of the trial, prosecutor Nicole Frohn told how Mario N. had felt increasingly angry about the measures imposed to curb the pandemic, seeing them as an infringement on his rights.

“Since he knew he couldn’t reach the politicians responsible, he decided to kill him (Alex W.),” she said.

Mario N. turned himself in to police the day after the shooting.

German has relaxed most of its coronavirus rules, although masks are still required in some settings, such as public transport.

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