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Crossbow Killings Case Gets Weirder

Police suspect medieval sex cult murder-suicide

(Newser) - A weird twist in an already strange case: Police in Germany believe that three people killed with crossbows in a hotel were members of "a kind of sex circle with a focus on the Middle Ages," the AFP reports by way of RTL. A man identified as Torsten... More »

Police Find Stolen Ferrari's Hiding Spot

$2.2M car was taken during a test drive Monday in Germany

(Newser) - German police have recovered a valuable 1980s Ferrari stolen during a test drive and are searching for the man believed to have sped off with the car while posing as a would-be buyer. The red Ferrari 288 GTO, first registered in 1985, is believed to be worth more than $2.... More »

Guy Test Drives Ferrari, Does Not Return

Police in Germany are looking for him and the car

(Newser) - German police are looking for a rare 1980s Ferrari believed to be worth more than $2.2 million after a man posing as a would-be buyer stole it during a test drive. Police in Duesseldorf said the man answering an advertisement for the red Ferrari 288 GTO, first registered in... More »

3 Hotel Guests Found Dead, Impaled by Crossbow Bolts

2 other bodies found when searching one of the victims' homes in Germany

(Newser) - A disturbing story out of Germany, where five people—three of them hotel guests who were impaled by crossbow bolts—have been found dead. A 53-year-old man and two women, ages 30 and 33, checked in to the hotel in rural Bavaria Friday evening and planned to stay three nights.... More »

In a 16-Inch Coffin, the Grim Remains of WWII

Tissue samples from executed prisoners were found in 2016

(Newser) - The coffin that was buried in Berlin on Monday measured only 16 inches long. Inside were more than 300 pieces of human tissue, the majority of which measured about 0.2 inches square. The AP reports they're the microscopic remains of some of the more than 2,800 people... More »

WWII Bomb Detonated, Shattering Windows and Damaging Roofs

Thousands of unexploded bombs are found in Germany each year

(Newser) - The controlled detonation of an American World War II bomb in the southern German city of Regensburg has still caused widespread damage to nearby houses, the AP reports. Some 4,500 residents had to be evacuated from the area before experts performed the detonation. A spokeswoman for the Bavarian city,... More »

29 Dead in Tour Bus Plunge

28 others are injured as bus falls down steep hillside

(Newser) - A tour bus carrying German tourists crashed on Portugal's Madeira Island on Wednesday, killing 29 people and injuring 28 others, local authorities said. The bus, which was carrying 55 people, rolled down a steep hillside after veering off the road on a bend east of the capital, Funchal, and... More »

Trump Claims Father Was Born in Germany

Fred Trump was really born in the Bronx

(Newser) - President Trump raised eyebrows Tuesday with an easily disproved false claim—about his father. "My father is German—was German," Trump said. "Born in a very wonderful place in Germany, so I have a great feeling for Germany." This is at least the third time in... More »

Plane Crash Kills One of Russia's Richest Women

Natalia Fileva co-owned Siberia Airlines

(Newser) - A double tragedy in Germany: Authorities say Natalia Fileva, one of Russia's richest women, died along with the pilot and another passenger when a small plane crashed into an asparagus field near Frankfurt on Sunday, the New York Times reports. A police car rushing to the scene then collided... More »

Cops: 'Serious Act of Violent Subversion' Halted in Germany

10 have been arrested for allegedly plotting terror attack

(Newser) - German police say they've arrested 10 people in the west of the country on suspicion of planning an Islamic extremist terror attack, per the AP . The DPA news agency reported the suspects were taken into custody on Friday and Saturday in the towns of Essen, Duesseldorf, Wuppertal, Moenchengladbach, Duisburg... More »

Stay in Bed for 2 Months, Get Paid $19K

One catch: you'll need to speak German, but it's all in the name of science

(Newser) - Hate standing on your feet all day? So much that the thought of staying in bed for two months is appealing? Good news: You can do just that, contribute to NASA research, and get paid $19,000 for your trouble—so long as you speak German and are free from... More »

Downtown Drag Racers Get Life for Murder

"The accused had trivially played with the lives of others," the judge says

(Newser) - Two men involved in a fatal 2016 drag race are going to prison for life after all, Deutsche Welle reports. Identified only as Hamdi H., 28, and Marvin N., 25, they were initially found guilty of murder after hitting and killing a 69-year-old driver during a 2016 race in downtown... More »

Krispy Kreme Owners Discover Nazi Past

German family will donate $11M to charity

(Newser) - One of Germany's richest families, whose company owns a controlling interest in Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Panera Bread, Pret a Manger, and other well-known businesses, plans to donate millions to charity after learning about their ancestors' enthusiastic support of Adolf Hitler and use of forced laborers under the Nazis, according... More »

Alert Webcam Viewer Saves a Life

Viewer in Germany spotted man floating by in river, called police

(Newser) - A German man was watching a webcam attached to a ferry pier in Hamburg, along the Elbe River, early Thursday when he spotted something that didn't belong: an elderly man floating by. His quick call to police saved the 72-year-old, who local media report had fallen into the water... More »

Nazis Stole It in 1941. Painting Is Finally Going Home

Jan van der Heyden work was stolen from Austrian couple nearly 80 years ago

(Newser) - In 1941, the Gestapo stole more than 160 paintings from a Jewish couple, who'd fled Nazi-annexed Austria. Hitler's photographer, Heinrich Hoffmann, nabbed "View of a Dutch Square" by Jan van der Heyden, but he didn't have long to enjoy it. Retrieved by the Allies after the... More »

Remnants of Nazi Massacre Found in Germany

400 artifacts found during excavation

(Newser) - Between March 20 and 23 in 1945, Nazis killed three groups of Polish and Soviet forced laborers—208 people in all—in Germany's Arnsberg Forest. The remains were exhumed and reburied by 1947, but those victims are now being remembered and discussed following a trio of excavations of the... More »

Drunk Passenger Demands High-Speed Train Slow Down

German man said he had to 'save the passengers'

(Newser) - German police say a drunken man with a fire extinguisher smashed his way into the driver's cab of a high-speed train running from Frankfurt to Paris and demanded that the driver slow down. Federal police said the ICE train operated by Germany's Deutsche Bahn stopped near Frankfurt after... More »

Man Gets Life for Poisoning Co-Workers' Sandwiches

German man found guilty of attempted murder

(Newser) - A German man has been sentenced to life in prison for poisoning his co-workers' sandwiches with mercury and other substances over several years, leaving one in a coma and two others with serious kidney damage. A judge at the regional court in Bielefeld, about 205 miles west of Berlin, found... More »

Gardener With Grudges May Have Killed From Beyond Grave

German police say he may have left behind bombs

(Newser) - Police in southwest Germany are warning anyone who clashed with a gardener who died last week that he may have left booby traps behind. A physician was killed Friday, and a woman and her daughter were injured Sunday in bombings in neighboring villages; police say gardener Bernhard Graumann had conflicts... More »

Man's Blood Thick With Fat Clogs Hospital Filter—Twice

German doctors turned to bloodletting to save patient

(Newser) - Two hours after the blood was drawn, it might've been mistaken for milk. A cloudy white substance filled more than half of each of four test tubes lined up side by side. In one, only a small smudge of red could be seen. The 39-year-old diabetes patient who'd... More »

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