Austrian Man Murders Family With Ax
Kills five relatives in several locations
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted May 15, 2008 5:43 AM CDT
A coffin containing the body of one of the victims of a 39-year-old man is removed from an apartment building in Vienna, Wednesday, May 14, 2008.    (AP Photo/Kurier, Martin Gnedt)
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(Newser) – Austria made crime headlines again yesterday when a man walked into a Vienna police station and confessed to killing five family members with an ax, CNN reports. He killed his wife and 7-year-old daughter, as well as his parents and father-in-law in other cities, a police spokesman said. Police found the five bodies with ax wounds. The man cited “financial difficulties” as his motive.

“He said he'd been speculating on the financial markets and had lost everything, so he wanted to spare his family the shame,” said the spokesman.