Family stopped with dead dad in car

German traffic police who stopped a car for driving erratically found the body of the driver’s father stuffed behind the back seat. It appears he starved to death.

Family stopped with dead dad in car
Photo: DPA

Officers near Kaiserslautern, Rhineland Palatinate, originally stopped the car at around 1am because it seemed to be driving around aimlessly.

The driver was the dead man’s 26-year-old son, while his 47-year-old wife and 21-year-old daughter were also passengers.

Senior public prosecutor Helmut Bleh said that the man had been mentally ill and was severely emaciated, the Der Spiegel magazine reported on Friday.

The family said he had refused to eat. An autopsy has been scheduled to confirm the cause of death.

The man had died on Tuesday morning, but the family did not inform anyone of the death. Instead they drove around “completely confused” with the corpse. The son told police he had considered dropping off his dead father’s body in front of a hospital, said Bleh.

He said the three family members were being investigated for failing to render assistance. People are legally obliged to help a family member in need, he said, and the family were aware of the father’s rapidly deteriorating condition but failed to seek medical attention.

In 2009, a lawyer had been appointed to oversee the man’s health care, yet even he apparently failed to notice the dramatic and ultimately fatal developments. Prosecutors said they would be investigating whether the attorney had fulfilled his obligations.

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Germany in talks on further payout for 1972 Olympics victims

The German government says it is in talks over further compensation for victims of the attack on the Munich Olympics, as the 50th anniversary of the atrocity approaches.

Germany in talks on further payout for 1972 Olympics victims

Ahead of the commemoration in September, relatives of the Israelis killed have indicated they are unhappy with what Germany is offering.

“Conversations based on trust are taking place with representatives of the victims’ families,” a German interior ministry spokesman told AFP when asked about the negotiations.

He did not specify who would benefit or how much money had been earmarked, saying only that any package would “again” be financed by the federal government, the state of Bavaria and the city of Munich.

On September 5th, 1972, eight gunmen broke into the Israeli team’s flat at the Olympic village, shooting dead two and taking nine Israelis hostage, threatening to kill them unless 232 Palestinian prisoners were released.

West German police responded with a bungled rescue operation in which all nine hostages were killed, along with five of the eight hostage-takers and a police officer.

An armed police officer in a tracksuit secures the block where terrorists  held Israeli hostages at the Olympic Village in Munich on 5th September 1972.

An armed police officer in a tracksuit secures the block where terrorists held Israeli hostages at the Olympic Village in Munich on 5th September 1972. Photo: picture alliance / dpa | Horst Ossingert

The spokeswoman for the victims’ families, Ankie Spitzer, told the German media group RND that the amount currently on the table was “insulting” and threatened a boycott of this year’s commemorations.

She said Berlin was offering a total of €10 million including around €4.5 million already provided in compensation between 1972 and 2002 — an amount she said did not correspond to international standards. 

“We are angry and disappointed,” said Spitzer, the widow of fencing coach Andre Spitzer who was killed in the attack. “We never wanted to talk publicly about money but now we are forced to.”

RND reported that the German and Israeli governments would like to see an accord by August 15th.

The interior ministry spokesman said that beyond compensation, Germany intended to use the anniversary for fresh “historical appraisal, remembrance and recognition”.

He said this would include the formation of a commission of German and Israeli historians to “comprehensively” establish what happened “from the perspective of the year 2022”.

This would lead to “an offer of further acts of acknowledgement of the relatives of the victims of the attack” and the “grave consequences” they suffered.