German police arrest mother of murdered boy in 26-year-old case after witness discovered
12 July 2007, OLDENBURG, Germany (AP) _ Police arrested the mother of a 4-year-old German boy murdered 26 years ago after a witness came forward saying she saw the woman strangle her son, investigators said.
12 July 2007
OLDENBURG, Germany (AP) _ Police arrested the mother of a 4-year-old German boy murdered 26 years ago after a witness came forward saying she saw the woman strangle her son, investigators said.
The boy disappeared from his home in the northwestern city of Oldenburg in August 1981, and his body was found a day later at the end of a dirt road near a railroad track.
The case might have remained unsolved were it not for a 35-year-old witness who wrote a letter to police this spring saying she witnessed the murder, Oldenburg police chief Johann Kuehme said.
The witness, at the time a 9-year-old girl who played with the boy, said she saw his mother _ a 48-year-old identified only as Monika K. _ strangle him with a stocking on the track the day he disappeared, Kuehme said.
The chief investigator, Edzard Kranz, said Monika K. was under arrest, and said police believed she might have strangled her child "because he was illegitimate and a burden to his mother."
"In my 33 years of service, I have never seen such an ice-cold woman," Kranz said.
Police said the witness's evidence was credible, but they refused to reveal her identity.
The witness said that Monika K. caught her watching the murder, and later chased her down and threatened to kill her too if she spoke. However, police gave no indication for why it took the witness so long to break her silence.
Subject: German news