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Former prostitute murdered 'saviour' hubby

The Local · 10 Jul 2012, 16:54

Published: 10 Jul 2012 16:54 GMT+02:00

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The 36-year-old woman named only as Lydia H., had turned her junkie prostitute life around with the help of a regular punter, much like the film “Pretty Woman”.

Hermann v d H., who was five decades older than her, helped her through rehab and paid for her to go to medical school. She qualified as a doctor and worked as an anaesthetist.

But the story had anything but a fairytale ending, and Lydia became frustrated with Hermann, the Aachen district court heard.

“Although she came so far, we should not believe that the original structure of the relationship ever changed,” her lawyer Reinhard Birkenstock said.

The doctor, who mostly remained silent during hearings, told the judge that her husband had tried several times to sabotage job applications. He would, she said, try to slip in notes alluding to her past.

And days before he died in February 2011, Hermann was reportedly treating his wife as if he were still paying her for sex, the Süddeutsche Zeitung newspaper said.

Despite this, Judge Gerd Nohl offered the woman little sympathy, calling her husband a “harmless, defenceless man.”

The case has been in court since late last year, with numerous experts called to shed light on Lydia H.'s extreme efforts to leave her husband.

“She killed the only person who had a positive effect on her life,” Birkenstock told the judge. His main tactic has been to cite her troubled life as partial justification for her actions.

After an early life dominated by sexual abuse and a rocky family environment, Lydia H. turned to prostitution to fund her drug addiction, striking up a long-term deal with Hermann who soon offered to marry her.

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Birkenstock has appealed the conviction, claiming it was manslaughter rather than murder. He said said the killing was not planned but was the result of a humiliating argument during which she had lashed out at her husband.

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18:04 July 10, 2012 by Englishted
Who would pay to sleep with her just look at her face it is a mess.
18:49 July 10, 2012 by IchBinKönig
'She said I've laid beneath my lovers but i've never gotten laid.

Some nights she felt protected.

Some nights she felt afraid.

She spent half last winter just trying to get paid.

From some guy she'd originally thought to be her savior.

They wrote her name in magic marks.

On stop signs and subway cars.

They got a mural up on East 13th.

That said Halleluiah rest in peace.

Halleluiah was a hoodrat.

And now you finally know that.

She's been disappeared for years.

Today she finally came back.' THS
20:44 July 10, 2012 by wxman
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23:02 July 10, 2012 by krp3wm
I'm sorry, but just because she was a former prostitute doesn't mean her former client/husband wasn't sexually or emotionally abusing her. Also, prostitution and murder are two completely different acts requiring intensely different motives and personality types. To imply that she was somehow a "piece of sh*t" for being a prostitute and was therefore more likely to kill him is both narrow-minded and sexist.
04:16 July 11, 2012 by shiraz
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08:30 July 11, 2012 by MrNosey
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11:52 July 12, 2012 by girlFriday
I recently came to watch a documentary on prostitution and porn and the sorrow, harm and suffering it brings for all those involved, especially for the women who often are forced by the men to do absolutely disgusting things, and I can only say I am not surprised anymore when I read articles like that. The two lived in a very criminal surrounding where pimping, drug addiction, bodily harm, threatening, abuse, rape is very, very common and murder is only a logical consequence of what the people are going through and of what people do to each other in this "business".

Remember that it were men in the first place who raped this woman in her childhood. She was only a little girl and a man or some men came and simply decided to penetrate, violate and disgrace her little, small, vulnerable body just for their own sexual satisfaction. And then, what she had gone through during her time as prostitute is something a man would never be able to endure. Could you imagine as a man to lie on a matress 24/7 and be penetrated by 20 or 30 men per day, oftentimes in a very abusive and violent manner? It is evidence that a lot of women who were abused in their childhood go on working in this environment. This is a psychic disorder that makes women feel that they have no other cause in life than being raped by men because that's the only thing they had learned/experienced in their childhood, that is to say, this disorder was caused by the rape and abuse in her childhood, caused by men.

Apart from that, it is very questionable to describe her husband as a 'saviour'. Someone who originally got to know this women because he thought it is ok for him to seek purchasable sex with a young woman even though he was decades older is criminal in my view. An old man, who should rather have sex with women his age, has no right to buy a young woman's body, a woman that could be his daughter.

I am not saying that there is a justification for murder, but given the environment in which the two lived there's a high chance to become a victim of a capital crime. The only recommendation one can give to everyone in order not become a victim of a crime is to stay away from the prositution and porn industry, women AND men alike.
13:02 July 13, 2012 by benjahmin
@GirlFriday - Though I completely agree with most of your post, I have to say that this part:

"Someone who originally got to know this women because he thought it is ok for him to seek purchasable sex with a young woman even though he was decades older is criminal in my view. An old man, who should rather have sex with women his age, has no right to buy a young woman's body, a woman that could be his daughter. "

People should be allowed to free-associate with whomever they like. Paid sex or not. I had a friend in school who was 15 and she was dating my science teacher, who was 56. We used to tease her about how in 10 years she would be chewing his food for him and changing his colostomy bags.When she turned 16, they ran off together.

Now, you or I might find that a little wierd, but who are we to judge? 10 years later, they are still perfectly happy. Saying that someone cant have sex with someone else based on age (so long as age of consent is reached, but thats a seperate issue) is a dangerous and slippery slope. There is nothing criminal about it so long as both people are coming from a position of respect.
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