German fugitive killed double to steal his identity

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5 September 2006, LUEBECK, GERMANY - A jail escaper who found another man closely resembling himself and killed him so that he could adopt the victim's identity was jailed for life in Germany Tuesday. Judges said the sole reason that Engelbert Danielsen, a gardener, had died was that he looked similar to Christian Bogner, 50, who had escaped from prison in the city of Luebeck earlier in the day. But police caught Bogner four days later in October 2004. He had Danielsen's identity papers in his pocket. At t

5 September 2006

LUEBECK, GERMANY - A jail escaper who found another man closely resembling himself and killed him so that he could adopt the victim's identity was jailed for life in Germany Tuesday.

Judges said the sole reason that Engelbert Danielsen, a gardener, had died was that he looked similar to Christian Bogner, 50, who had escaped from prison in the city of Luebeck earlier in the day.

But police caught Bogner four days later in October 2004. He had Danielsen's identity papers in his pocket. At trial, Bogner claimed he had killed the gardener to ward off  homosexual overtures and buried him in the countryside.

Bogner, who had repeatedly escaped from German jails, was sentenced to life for murder with a proviso that even if he qualified for parole, he be kept in jail for public safety reasons.

The accused's brother, who was believed to have chosen the victim during planning for the escape, was sentenced to 39 months in jail.

DPA

Subject: German news

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