Police officers from the Warsaw Police Headquarters detained a 67-year-old suspected of murdering two German pensioners whose bodies were found near Lake Czerniakowskie over 11 years ago.
This is a case from 2012. A German retired couple bought a van with the money from their life insurance policy, converted it into a camper and set out around the world. Just before EURO 2012, they appeared in Warsaw. The police found their mutilated bodies near the bushes in Siekierki.
Charges against the 67-year-old
– Procedural and operational activities initiated jointly by the District Prosecutor’s Office in Warsaw and the Department for Combating Criminal Terror and Homicide of the Warsaw Police Headquarters allowed the resumption of the discontinued investigation into the murder of two German citizens who were found in Warsaw’s Siekierki district in May 2012 – Szymon told us Banna, press spokesman for the District Prosecutor’s Office in Warsaw.
The pensioner’s body was found on May 20, 2012 at Wolicka Street in Warsaw. However, the man staying with her died of his wounds in hospital shortly after the incident. – According to the evidence collected at that time, the woman and the man died as a result of gunshot wounds from a 6.5 mm weapon, and cuts were also found on the man’s body. The motive for the murder remained unknown at that time. The desolate place and the lack of witnesses to the event made it impossible to determine the identity of the killer at that time, which led to the discontinuation of the proceedings in December 2013 – said Szymon Banna.
– The meticulous securing of traces and evidence at the scene of the incident by Police officers working under the supervision of the prosecutor allowed them to be re-examined years later using the most modern research methods used in the Forensic Laboratory of the Warsaw Police Headquarters and the isolation of biological material, which, as it turned out, belonged to Zdzisław W. – explained prosecutor Banna.
The evidence collected in the case allowed the now 67-year-old man to be charged with two counts of murdering the inhabitants of Hamburg with the use of a firearm, i.e. acts under Art. 148 pairs 1 of the Penal Code, for which he faces life imprisonment.
After being brought to the District Prosecutor’s Office in Warsaw, the man gave an explanation. The 67-year-old was taken into custody.
The murder took place on May 19, 2012, late in the evening at Wolicka Street near Lake Czerniakowskie. The bodies of the two Germans were found near the red Volkswagen Crafter in which they were traveling. A 62-year-old woman had four gunshot wounds to the head and chest. Her 63-year-old husband died from a single shot to the head. The murderers left several valuable items, jewelry and watches in the German couple’s car, but they stole Silke G.’s purse.
However, the police ruled out robbery as a motive from the very beginning. The first version of events assumed that the tourists might have known the killer who followed them to Poland from Germany. Just before leaving for Poland, the travelers gave an interview to the German weekly Stern.
The journalist wrote: Foreign countries, foreign people, nature. Curiosity for new places and appetite for adventure are the common denominators of this German couple from Hamburg.
They threw away the camera and wallet
It later turned out that drugs were transported in the car, and the route taken by the pensioners was questionable (the officers checked the GPS). As they found out, they lived in central Germany, then went to Hamburg, then to Poland. In the case, the police secured CCTV from all over Poland and a glove with traces of DNA found nearby (it also had the murdered woman’s blood on it).
Moreover, after the broadcast of the material about the murder, in Uwaga TVN, a married couple living on Bartycka Street, brought a camera of murdered pensioners to the police station on Wilcza Street. They said they found it on the embankment on the other side when they went to get sorrel. There was also a wallet there.
The police checked their version of events with a lie detector. They had nothing to do with the murder. They penetrated the place where they found the wallet. Things were scattered along the route.
However, the perpetrator could not be arrested and the case was discontinued.
Main photo source: KSP