A German Lesson in Murder
If the only German you know is “Danke schoen,” get ready to add “Hinterkaifeck” to your vocabulary. On the night of March 31, 1922, someone (who might have been secretly living in the attic!) used a farm tool to bludgeon an entire family to death on the Hinterkaifeck farm in Bavaria, Germany. Got 20 minutes? Then you have time to get the recap of a crime that remains one of the strangest murders in Germany today.
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Photos in order of appearance:
The Hinterkaifeck family farm
The Hinterkaifeck family
The bodies found in the barn
The body of Maria Baumgartner in her room
The crime scene of baby Josef, found in his bassinet
The family’s coffins before burial
A mattock, similar to the murder weapon (via Wikimedia)
The murder memorial on the place where the Hinterkaifeck farm once existed