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Sex game murder victim ‘paid killer to do it’

A man who killed a bank manager during a sex game and boiled his severed head in a pan has told investigators he was paid to do so by his victim, it emerged.

Sex game murder victim 'paid killer to do it'
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Investigators now believe the victim of the gruesome murder which took place in Berlin on January 5 paid his killer €1,000 to suffocate him during a sadomasochistic sex game, the Berliner Zeitung newspaper reported on Saturday.

Carsten Srock, a 37-year-old bank manager found his killer Michael S. via the internet in 2010 and they met regularly for sex games in which Michael S. took the active role, the paper said. During these meetings Carsten had several times said he wanted to die.

Then on January 1 this year, Carsten S. told his partner he was going out and would not be back that evening. Then he withdrew €1,000 from a bank machine and travelled to his killer’s home in Marienfelde in the south of Berlin.

There, Srock handed over the money and Michael S tied him to the bed by his hands and legs. Then he tied a cloth round his eyes and taped up his mouth and nose with masking tape – becoming sexually aroused as his victim gasped for air, the paper said.

Carsten lost consciousness and was dead by the time Michael removed the masking tape. Then he laid the body in the bath and cut open the jugular vein, in the hope that would reduce the smell, according to the prosecutor.

Then he cut the corpse into pieces and packed them into a suitcase and boxes. Meanwhile he partially cooked his victim’s severed head in water order to be able to dispose of it more easily, the paper reported.

The killer kept his victim’s remains in the flat for three weeks, seemingly unable to get rid of them and sliding into despair, until he finally tried to commit suicide on January 23. Emergency services who went to help him called the police after discovering the body parts.

Prosecutors have now charged the 43-year-old unemployed Berliner with “murder for sexual pleasure.”

The case echoes that of the German cannibal Armin Meiwes, who was jailed for life in 2006 for castrating, killing and partially eating another man – who apparently wanted to die and be eaten.

The Local/jlb

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‘Unprecedented’: How explosions and fires have rocked Berlin’s Grunewald forest

An "unprecedented" fire broke out on Thursday around a German police munitions storage site in a Berlin forest. Here's how events unfolded and the reaction.

'Unprecedented': How explosions and fires have rocked Berlin's Grunewald forest

What happened?

Emergency services were called out after explosions were heard in the ‘Grunewald’ forest in western Berlin in the early hours of Thursday morning. 

It then emerged that a fire had broken out near a police munitions storage site, all on one of the hottest days of the year when temperatures were forecast to reach around 38C in the German capital. 

As explosions continued at the site, sending debris flying into the air, firefighters weren’t initially able to get near the flames to extinguish it. Emergency services set up a 1,000-metre safety zone around the area.

This aerial photo taken by the Berlin Fire Brigade shows the fire in Grunewald.

This aerial photo taken by the Berlin Fire Brigade shows the fire in Grunewald. Photo: picture alliance/dpa/Berliner Feuerwehr

Later on Thursday afternoon, Berlin fire brigade spokesman Thomas Kirstein said the situation was “under control and there was no danger for Berliners” but that the fire was expected to last for some time.

No one has been hurt by the fires. Around 250 emergency workers were deployed to the site.

READ ALSO: Blasts ring out as forest fire rages in Berlin’s Grunewald

How was the fire being tackled?

The German army (Bundeswehr) was called in. They sent a tank aimed at evacuating munitions at the affected storage site as well as remote-controlled de-mining robots, while drones circled the air to assess the emergency.

Water cannons were also deployed around the safety zone to prevent the fire from spreading.

Berlin mayor Franziska Giffey interrupted her holiday to visit the scene, calling the events “unprecedented in the post-war history of Berlin”.

Giffey advised people in Berlin to close their windows but said the danger was minimal as there were no residential buildings within a two-kilometre (1.2-mile) radius and so no need to issue evacuation orders.

Berlin mayor Franziska Giffey speaks at the scene of the forest fire on Thursday

Berlin mayor Franziska Giffey speaks at the scene of the forest fire on Thursday. Photo: picture alliance/dpa | Wolfgang Kumm

“It would be much more difficult if there were residential buildings nearby,” she said.

What caused the blaze?

That’s still unclear. Police say they are investigating what started the fire exactly. 

The store in question holds munitions uncovered by police, but also unexploded World War II-era ordnance which is regularly dug up during construction works.

Giffey said local authorities would “have to think about how to deal with this munitions site in the future and whether such a place is the right one in Berlin”.

Is Grunewald a popular site?

Very much so. The sprawling forest on the edge of Berlin is home to lots of hiking trails and is even near some popular lakes, such as the Krumme Lanke. It’s also near the Wannsee and Havel river. 

Map shows where the fire broke out in Berlin's Grunewald

Map shows where the fire broke out in Berlin’s Grunewald. Photo: picture alliance/dpa/dpa Grafik | dpa-infografik GmbH

Authorities appealed for the public to avoid the forest, which is regularly visited by both locals and tourists.

Deutsche Bahn said regional and long-distance transport was disrupted due to the blaze.

A part of the Avus motorway between Spanischer Allee and Hüttenweg was also closed in both directions, as well as Kronprinzessinnenweg and Havelchaussee, according to the Berlin traffic centre.

Aren’t forest fires and strong heat causing problems elsewhere?

Yes. Authorities on Thursday said no firefighting choppers were available as they were already in use to calm forest fires in eastern Germany.

However, they also said the 1,000-metre safety zone applied to the air, so there was a limit to how useful it would be to drop water on the fire from above.

The German capital is rarely hit by forest fires, even though its 29,000 hectares of forests make it one of the greenest cities in the world.

Brandenburg, the region surrounding Berlin, as well as parts of eastern Germany have for days been battling forest fires.

Parts of Germany were also recently hit by forest fires during heatwaves this summer. 

Temperatures were expected to climb as high as 40C across parts of Germany on Thursday. However, it is set to cool down on Friday and thunderstorms are set to sweep in from the west.

With reporting by AFP’s David COURBET

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