Pos­si­ble sui­cide pact in macabre cross­bow bolt deaths

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MU­NICH: In­ves­ti­ga­tors were on Tues­day pur­su­ing leads that five mys­te­ri­ous deaths, in­clud­ing three by cross­bow bolts, may have been a mur­der-sui­cide pact among Ger­mans with a re­ported pas­sion for me­dieval folk­lore and weaponry.

Po­lice prob­ing the ini­tial triple death said they found the last wills of two of the vic­tims in a ho­tel room, and no signs of a strug­gle or in­volve­ment of other peo­ple.

Ger­many has been baf­fled by the macabre case since the trio of corpses was found on Satur­day in a ho­tel in the Bavar­ian town of Pas­sau, fol­lowed by Mon­day’s dis­cov­ery of two dead women across the coun­try in the town of Wit­tin­gen.

Bild daily re­ported that the vic­tims had shared a fas­ci­na­tion with the Mid­dle Ages, in­clud­ing knights, joust­ing, weapons and alchemy.

Ac­cord­ing to an au­topsy re­port, two of the vic­tims in the Pas­sau ho­tel room - a man named Torsten W, 53, and a woman called Ker­stin E, 33 were found ly­ing in the dou­ble bed, hand-in-hand.

They were killed with cross­bow shots to their heads and hearts, the post-mortems found. The last wills of the cou­ple from Rhineland-Palati­nate state were also found in the room, po­lice said.

The other woman, 30-yearold Fa­rina C, lay on the floor, a cross­bow ar­row in her neck.

The lo­cal pros­e­cu­tor’s of­fice said it was treat­ing the case as a “re­quested killing and sui­cide”, sug­gest­ing Fa­rina shot the cou­ple and then her­self.

Ger­man law re­stricts firearms but archery equip­ment is freely avail­able for sports and any­one over 18 can pur­chase a high-pow­ered cross­bow.

AFP

Un­der­tak­ers carry a cof­fin out of a cor­doned-off house in Wit­tin­gen, Ger­many, where two bod­ies were found.

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