Five days after the discovery of the multiple 'crossbow crime' in Germany the case remains unresolved and offers more questions than answers. Five corpses, three crossbows, a solitary pension in the Bavarian town of Passau, a house in Wittingen, in the northern region of Lower Saxony, and a country house in Borod, in the Rhineland Palatinate. In those points, the mysterious drama that occupies a wide range of prosecutors and policemen was developed.
All the identities of the victims and the relationship between them are already known. The corpses found on Saturday in the pension 'Zur Triftsperre' correspond to Torsten W. and Kerstin E., 53 and 33 years old, respectively, who lay holding hands in the bed of a room of the pension, both dead of a saetazo in the heart. Their bodies presented several more arrows, in the case of man even in the head, shot after his death, according to the results of the autopsies. At his feet lay 30-year-old Farina C., with a projectile stuck in his neck and deadly in need.
In the place of the facts the investigators found three crossbows and two testaments written by the dead pair. According to the Prosecutor's Office of Passau, Farina C. shot his companions before taking his own life. And we can speak of a triple suicide, since the youngest of the trio committed double homicide presumably at the express request of their victims.
According to police conjectures, the two women whose bodies were found on Monday by the police in the registry of the house of Farina C., who managed a bakery in Wittingen, also died voluntarily. No weapons were found on the floor and the bodies showed no signs of violence. Both probably died before the Passau trio. The older of the two, Gertrud C., 35, was a primary school teacher at a local school and last night it was not clear if she was a sentimental partner or sister of Farina C.
Wanted by a detective
The second woman, 19, was Carina U., who left home two years ago and was wanted by her parents with the help of a detective, according to RTL television. Farina C., Gertrud C. and Carina U. would be registered as residents of the house, according to the same source.
For their part, Torsten W. and Kerstin E. shared a country house in the small Palatine town of Borod. In the nearby town of Hachenburg, the man operated a medieval goods store selling, among other things, swords, armor and 'met', fermented honey wine, and offered courses for the handling of knight's weapons. He also attended medial fairs. Some sources identify him as the owner of a tattoo studio.
Based on these specific data and in the absence of a police account of facts and background, speculation begins and the clue of a sect appears. Witnesses cited by various media pointed out that the four women would have had a special relationship with the man, also of a sexual nature. Both he and his alleged adepts usually wore black and wore tattoos and 'piercings'.
Alexander Krüger, a former landlord of Torsten W., told RTL that the women were submissive to what appeared to be their guru and that he treated them authoritatively. But the exact relationship between the five deceased and the ultimate cause that triggered the drama in two places distant from each other more than 600 kilometers is unknown.