Wannabe serial killer attacked men ‘for kicks’

Berlin police say they have caught a wannabe serial killer who drugged and robbed men for kicks – leaving one strangled to death in the sex-room of a gay bar.

Wannabe serial killer attacked men 'for kicks'
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The 37-year-old man has admitted using liquid ecstasy to knock out his victims before stripping them of credit cards, money and other valuables.

But investigators say although he wanted to take their things, he was not robbing them because he needed the money.

There was certain evidence to suggest the man was getting a “certain kick” from the attacks, the state prosecutor said – although he has no criminal history.

His first victim is said to have been an old friend who he drugged with the liquid ecstasy in his flat in central Berlin – leaving him to die of the drug overdose.

Three weeks ago he drugged and then strangled a 32-year-old in the sex-room of a gay bar, leaving his body on the floor for a cleaner to discover the following morning.

And just half an hour after that, he is accused of having drugged a man in the street – offering him a swig of a drink which was spiked with the liquid ecstasy. He collapsed and his attacker took his wallet and cash. Luckily for this third victim, a passer-by found him and he was taken to hospital where doctors saved him.

The alleged wannabe serial killer was arrested after police released images from a security camera in a metro station near the bar where his second victim was found.

DPA/The Local/hc

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German police probe fatal knife attack on schoolgirl

Police were on Tuesday investigating a motive behind the fatal stabbing of a 14-year-old girl on her way to school in Baden-Württemberg in a case that made national headlines.

German police probe fatal knife attack on schoolgirl

According to police, a 27-year-old man attacked two girls on the street with a knife as they walked to school Monday morning in the small town of Illerkirchberg near Ulm.

The victim, a German girl with a Turkish family background, was revived at the scene but later died in hospital, police said.

A 13-year-old girl was also hurt in the incident but did not suffer
life-threatening injuries.

Police apprehended the suspect at “nearby asylum seekers’ accommodation”, they said.

The alleged aggressor was injured when he was stopped by police and was taken to receive medical treatment. He was currently being held in hospital under guard.

Google Maps shows the town of Illerkirchberg, which has a little over 5,000 residents, and sits on the border with Bavaria.

“We will fully investigate this terrible act,” announced Thomas Strobl, Baden-Württemberg’s Interior Minister on Monday. “We are deeply affected…when the life of an innocent child is so brutally taken.”

The crime has taken on a political dimension because the suspect is an asylum seeker from Eritrea. Several politicians from Germany’s far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) used the crime to question the country’s immigration policies. 

In the statement, a police spokesperson asked people “not to harbour general suspicions against strangers, or asylum seekers in general, or to encourage or support such suspicions.”

She said she was aware “that events of this kind stir up fears and emotions.”

The Turkish ambassador to Germany, Ahmet Basar Sen, was set to visit the scene of the crime Tuesday with  Strobl, and the mayor of Illerkirchberg.

“I mourn the girl who was killed and sincerely hope that the injured girl will recover,” Federal Interior Minister Nancy Faeser posted on Twitter Monday.

“The police are urgently investigating the background” of the attack, she said.