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:

  1. The Hinterkaifeck family farm

  2. The Hinterkaifeck family

  3. The bodies found in the barn

  4. The body of Maria Baumgartner in her room

  5. The crime scene of baby Josef, found in his bassinet

  6. The family’s coffins before burial

  7. A mattock, similar to the murder weapon (via Wikimedia)

  8. The murder memorial on the place where the Hinterkaifeck farm once existed

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