German police hunt fifth victim of serial killer

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18 November 2007, Bodenfelde, Germany (dpa) - German police are seeking evidence of a fifth victim of a serial killer, who was allegedly employed by a prostitute to murder elderly men for their money. Police said Sunday that the suspect, 53, had admitted to a fourth case, telling interrogators his conscience was troubling him over a murder that began the series. He said that the prostitute had asked him to murder her husband, 84, in 1994. She inherited most of his estate. He also burned down the husband's

18 November 2007

Bodenfelde, Germany (dpa) - German police are seeking evidence of a fifth victim of a serial killer, who was allegedly employed by a prostitute to murder elderly men for their money.

Police said Sunday that the suspect, 53, had admitted to a fourth case, telling interrogators his conscience was troubling him over a murder that began the series.

He said that the prostitute had asked him to murder her husband, 84, in 1994. She inherited most of his estate. He also burned down the husband's private home, and she received the fire-insurance payout.

In three further cases disclosed in August, elderly men who answered lonely-hearts advertisements by the prostitute between 1994 and 2000 and transferred money to her, were allegedly killed by the suspect.

Police appealed for public help to determine the whereabouts of a disabled man, Bruno Merz, last seen when he was aged about 75.

Merz, who could not walk, has been missing since he lived in the prostitute's home in the central town of Bodenfelde at the end of 1995 or in early 1996.

Police said the suspect, an unemployed man from Bodenfelde, was psychologically under the spell of the prostitute, who is now 68. She was 55 at the time of the first death, which occurred in the town of Melsungen.

Explaining the long delay in uncovering the first murder, police said a doctor had certified the husband died of natural causes and a later forensic exhumation of the body had not found any evidence of murder.

DPA

Subject: German news

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