Inmate Kills Lover During Conjugal Visit

Prison blasted after 'romantic' visit ends in murder

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted Apr 14, 2010 1:52 AM CDT | Updated Apr 14, 2010 5:53 AM CDT

(Newser) – German prison authorities are being slammed after a convicted rapist and murderer killed his lover during an unsupervised 6-hour conjugal visit. Two knives and a monkey wrench were found next to the woman's corpse when guards opened the "love cell" after the couple's time was up, Der Speigel reports.

The inmate, who had been in jail since 1991 for raping and killing a 9-year-old girl, slashed his wrists but survived after emergency surgery. Prison authorities say they allowed him to have unsupervised visits with the woman, who fell in love with the inmate after writing to him in jail, because they wanted the relationship to have a chance after his release next year. "We definitely didn't think he was capable of that," said the prison director.

Remscheid prison in western Germany, site of the murder.
Remscheid prison in western Germany, site of the murder.   (Wiki)
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