Serial killer fan stabs 4 in town near Liège
Belgian attacker said he was inspired by the recent drama in Winnenden, Germany in which 15 people were killed.
In Seraing, near Liège, a man stabbed four people in a café Saturday night. He said he was inspired by the recent drama in Winnenden, Germany in which 15 people were killed. He is also a self-professed fan of serial killers.
One of Saturday's victims was in critical condition, but is now reportedly out of danger. The perpetrator has been arrested on charges of attempted manslaughter. He is being kept in the psychiatric ward of the prison of Lantin.
The incident took place in a café/restaurant in Seraing, near Liège. The attacker, a 26- year-old man, was with his mother and her boyfriend. On arrival at the café he took out a knife and started stabbing wildly around him. He stabbed his mother's friend and three others.
The man was detained by the police immediately after the incident. He had a police record for theft and arson; last year he threw a Molotov cocktail at the house of a friend.
The perpetrator reportedly said that he was disappointed that he did not succeed in killing anyone. He also claimed to be an admirer of serial killers. According to the police the man would not stop talking about the drama in the German Winnenden and the German youngster who ran amok at a school killing 15 people. The man also said he heard a voice in his head which told him to stab people.
During house searches at the man's house the police found a literature, videos and DVDs about serial killers. According to his mother, her son had not been feeling well over the past few days. This may have been a result of having changed medication or stopped it altogether.
The four people stabbed by the man were taken to hospital. One of them was stabbed in the neck and chest and was in critical condition but has now stabilised.