Following a year long affair by two married people – the woman from Niedersachsen, and the man from Bonn – the man received some very graphic photos of the woman laying face-down and covered in what looked like blood.
Unfortunately the husband of the wife had found out about her straying and the couple agreed to put their differences behind them and try to work things out.
The extramarital romance was called off, but the woman's partner in the affair didn't take the break up too well and continued to send dirty photos and emails to the couple, especially to the woman's husband.
Together, the couple hatched a plan to fake the wife's death using a series of 'bloody' photos featuring the woman's body liberally splattered with ketchup.
But the ex-lover called the police as soon as he received the images of the mocked-up bloodbath.
Police from Bückeburg were dispatched immediately, but soon realized the crime had been faked and the 'blood' was nothing more than a kitchen condiment.
A police spokesman said in a statement that “many a police officer asks himself every now and then whether he's on a hidden-camera show or accidentally fell into the location of a third-rate detective film."
Police have yet to decide whether to make the case a criminal investigation - and whether the couple will need to cover the cost of the police operation.