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The Case of Anja Beggers

Tonight, the murder case of Anja Beggers and the other girls who disappeared in the Cuxhaven area between 1977 and 1987 will appear for the third time on XY Unsolved. (German Police File)

What happened to the girls?

Eduard Zimmermann had already been the subject of three cases in XY -Unsolved in December 1979. Unfortunately, the public broadcaster ZDF considered its own copyrights more important than supporting the search for the perpetrator, so the film clip from the programme at the time was deleted from YouTube.

Bodies or mortal remains were only found in a few cases.

The majority of German citizens who followed the daily events in the 1970s still remember the eerie series, in which a total of 13 girls are presumed to have perished between 1977 and 1987.

According to the authorities, seven of the missing girls in the Cuxhaven-Bremen area have not reappeared until now.

Chronologically, the following girls have disappeared without a trace:

Anja Beggers, (†16), from Midlum, disappeared after visiting a disco in Bremerhaven on 7 October 1977.

Angelika Kielmann disappeared without a trace on 7 June 1978 after a visit to a disco.

Anke Streckenbach († 19) from Cuxhaven. She disappeared on 16 May 1979 after attending a disco.

Andrea Martin, (†19), from Garlstedt, disappeared on 30 November 1980 after a visit to the US barracks.

Christina Bühl (†15), from Heerstedt, disappeared on 14 August 1982 after a visit to a disco.

Ute Flemming (†10) from Osterholz-Scharmbeck disappeared on 3 July 1985 when she wanted to go to her friend's house.

Jutta Schneefuß (†23), who hitchhiked from Loxstedt to Bremerhaven on 13 June 1986, was never seen again. She left behind a daughter.

(Irene Warnke (19 years old, from Ringstedt) Her remains were discovered in the Entengrütze ditch in Bederkesa on 3 September 1986. She had been raped).


There were speculations about a serial killer in the Cuxhaven-Bremen area at that time who had been up to mischief.

A triangle could be drawn on the map by the places where the murders were committed and found, as well as the places of disappearance.

The police cannot confirm the theory, nor do they have any other clues that clarify the facts of the case today.

The case of the then 16-year-old Anja Beggers from Midlum near Cuxhaven has impressed itself on the public consciousness.

On 7 October 1977, the then 14-year-old girl disappeared without a trace after visiting a disco in the "Moustache" in Bremerhaven and has not been found since.

The television programme Aktenzeichen XY of 7 December 1979 revealed that the unknown person had called her mother several times and claimed that Anja was still alive. Once even that she was living in Berlin and had a child, as the gazettes of the day reported.

In March 1978, a strange piece of paper with supposed calls for help from an Anja was discovered by a boy from Lüneburg in a paper towel box at a motorway service station in Hamburg-Stillhorn. This is how the identity card turned up in a Munich sex shop a few years later when a group of teenagers is checked by a saleswoman. Today, Beggers would be 61 years old.

With a typical black and white photo from those days, she was even searched for on the Interpol site. So far, everything has come to nothing.

Likewise, Angelika Kielmann, then 19 years old, from Cuxhaven, was standing at the junction Westerwischweg/ Abendrothstraße after a visit to the Cuxhaven discotheque "Container" 7 June 1978 and has been missing since last seen. Anke Streckenbach, (then 19) had also last been in the same discotheque. Since that day, 15 May 1979, she has disappeared without a trace.

For a long time, it was probably assumed that some of the girls had fallen victim to a murderer who sought his victims in the discotheques in the 1970s.

This is contradicted by the fact that Beggers' identity card turned up again. Also, the girls were thought to be involved in the drug scene at the time because discos were frowned upon. Rumours that Anja Beggers had been in the former Colonia Dignidad in Chile and had fallen into the hands of a cult at that time can neither be verified nor do they seem to be true.

Thus, rumours also arose that Beggers had fallen into the hands of Göhrde's murderer and his suspected accomplice.

This was also true for the other girls who were probably murdered. The only striking thing in these cases was that the series ended suddenly. Because the murderer was in prison, or dead, or had simply turned to a new field? Any questions could not be answered.

At the time, investigations were conducted in all directions, kidnapping by a gang of white slavers was not ruled out, even the Dutch police got involved in the mysterious case. But, to no avail.

If you have any information: Please contact the Cuxhaven police or any local police station.

Cuxhaven CID Address: Werner-Kammann-Straße 8, 27472 Cuxhaven Phone: +49 4721 5730

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The mysterious disappearance of William Bradford Bishop Jr.

William Bradford Bishop Jr. adorned FBI wanted posters for decades and was wanted worldwide. 46 years have passed since those fateful days in March 1976. William Bradford Bishop Jr. must now have reached the age of 86.

 

It's a gripping story, the kind of story fables are made of! Bradford Bishop loved scotch and wine, and he preferred peanuts and spicy food, according to his file with the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Washington.

Over the years, the reputation of the fugitive Bradford Bishop became a legend, much like D.B. Cooper or the Isdal woman. There's even a song about him- "The Ballad of Bradford Bishop" composed by the group Coup de Grass from Charlottesville, Virginia.

Back in 2018, the FBI removed him from the ranks of the ten most wanted. Nothing had become of the case, and the FBI found no resolution. Neither did the local authorities in Maryland.  After all these years, clues are still coming into the FBI's Baltimore office.

The disappearance of the crime suspect is a complete mystery and several authorities over the years have come to believe that they inadvertently enabled Bradford Bishop to escape by issuing legend documents. The FBI is realistic about this case. "Even for seasoned travellers, it can be difficult to maintain a new identity in a foreign country," said Steve Vogt, special agent in charge of the Baltimore division. "If you are a US citizen, it is usually easier to hide in this country," he explained. "Americans overseas tend to stand out."

In the meantime-this was October 2014- police even thought they had found Bradford Bishop with the exhumation of the decomposed remains of one John Doe, a hitchhiker who was killed by a car outside a restaurant in Scottsboro, Alabama in 1981 and buried anonymously in a pauper's grave. But the genetic test came back negative, even though the two men looked alike.

 

In the Washington Post in 2014, the FBI described Bradford Bishop as " ... a seasoned world traveller fluent in five languages - as smart, savvy and able to blend in and build a new life in the United States or abroad."

It is likely that Bradford Bishop lives or lived in Europe. A further possibility is that he returned to California, where he was born.

Bradford Bishop was actually a normal guy who, according to the FBI, was a "hiker and camper who enjoyed canoeing, skiing and motorcycling".

Other sources believe that he went into hiding in the former Yugoslavia during the civil war from 1991 to 1995. However, according to a call from an anonymous tipster, there was also the possibility that Bradford Bishop had been taken to a consulate in New York.  This call was made two years after the actual event.

What had actually happened?

Bradford Bishop was linguistically a highly gifted person who in his younger years had served in the US Army in Germany from 1961 to 1963, then worked for the American State Department. Rumour has is he also worked for the CIA in countries such as Botswana in the Gaborone branch, which was at the time exotic. It is documented that he worked for the army's intelligence service in Italy. According to the FBI's in-depth analysis, there had been a security problem with Bradford Bishop in 1967 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Since his Army days, he had a clearance for top secret matters. But the CIA announced during 1976 that Bradford was too small a fish to have been the target of foreign agents.  He spoke Serbo-Croatian, Italian, French, Spanish and several other languages, which were then very useful to him during his probable escape.

Bradford Bishop is still wanted today for the murders of his wife, mother and children. He probably committed in the between the first and the 2 of March 1976 at their house at 8103 Lilly Stone Drive, Carderock Springs, Bethesda, Maryland.

The victims were Brad, 14; Brenton, 10; and Geoffrey, 5; Bishop's mother Lobelia, 68, and his wife Annette, an ex-cheerleader.

The exact timing of the murders is unclear. Witnesses at the subsequent inquest said they would investigate Bradford Bishop's involvement in intelligence activities in detail.

This is also the story of the famous ballet dancer Jacques d'Amboise, a soloist in George Balanchine's New York City Ballet. D'Amboise wrote in his memoirs that he almost walked into the drama that night in 1976. He and his wife had been invited to see the man he had known and respected for decades: Bradford Bishop.

In all the years before the crime, Bradford Bishop had been in and out of psychiatric therapy for treatment of depression. Otherwise, according to the investigating officers, there was no motive to be found for this grisly act. There was no evidence of infidelity towards his wife, no evidence of financial or professional problems. It became clear how wrong this statement was, when in 2017 the fugitive's daughter, Kathy Gillcrist was identified. She was an adopted child, of which she was aware. But Gillcrist did not know that her biological father- Bradford Bishop- was such a well-known man. Since then, the FBI has also been looking into the years Bradford Bishop was at Yale University, from 1957-1960. Perhaps a motive for the events of 1976 could be found in his years at Yale. He was prone to violent emotional outbursts, irascibility and took strong antidepressants. In 2014, it was revealed that he was bankrupt.

In March 2000 Lorene Klepacki of Asheboro, N.C., paid $38 at a flea market at the Greensboro Coliseum for an old diary. Inside the notebook was written, "Bradford Bishop Diary." A relative read about the Bradford Bishop case on the internet and called the Montgomery County Sheriff's office. The diary, which spanned the six years from October 1965 to October 1971, spoke volumes about Bradford Bishop. The name "Sonny" appeared in the diary and became the subject of much speculation as to whether she might have been the mysterious dark-skinned woman witnesses had seen in connection with the dumping of the bodies.

The trail peters out

Bradford Bishop murdered his family and then drove their dead bodies in a red Chevrolet station wagon to the area of Columbia, North Carolina, about 450 km from the actual crime scene in his native Maryland. He tried to set their corpses on fire in a previously dug hole. This was done with gasoline and other accelerants that Bishop had bought in Montgomery County.

He tried as best he could to cover his tracks. But at this point he was seen by a witness out with his dog and later probably in the company of a dark-skinned woman.

It was not until the 8th of March 1976, more than a week after the suspected crime, that a neighbour who had not seen the family for some time informed the police. One of the officers found blood, human bones, tissue, fibres and hair on the landing between the veranda and the front door, then on the floor and walls of the entrance hall, then all over the house.

The bodies of the family members, already found on the 2d of March 1976, were identified by means of the dental chart. The bodies were "overkilled", as the coroner recalled years later.

The car Bradford Bishop had used was found a few days later in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, near the Great Smokie Mountains, about 640 km from where the family had been found.

A witness testified that the car was parked there between the 5th and 7th of March 1976.A

After that, Bradford Bishop disappeared, with the exception that he was said to have been seen in a good dozen countries in Europe.

Three sightings were particularly interesting because they were apparently people who knew him from before or recognised him, such as a colleague who was with him on a business trip to Ethiopia.

Another witness recognised him in a park in Stockholm twice within a week.  She was absolutely certain, she stated to the FBI, that the man was Bradford Bishop.

She had not contacted the police because she did not know he was wanted for murder in the US. This all took place in July 1978, more than two years after the crime in Maryland.

In January 1979, Bishop was personally approached by a colleague in a public restroom in Sorrento, Italy. It is important to know that the witness, a certain Roy Alwin Harell Jr, knew Bradford Bishop very well and had spoken to him on the afternoon of his disappearance, according to the FBI files.

"Hi, you're Bradford Bishop?" And the man replied in a familiar American accent that he was not, and then fled into a busy city square in a literal downpour. He was poorly dressed, the witness stated.

On the 19th of September 1994, Bishop was standing a few meters away from a former acquaintance of the family, at the railway station in Basel, and she testified that he had got into a vehicle. Where he had travelled to, she could not say.

In 2010, authorities believed Bradford Bishop was living in Switzerland, Italy or a neighbouring state. It even came out that he had been in contact with a murderer at the state prison in Marion, Illinois, before the 1976 crime. Why, it was never clarified. Ken A. Bankston, as the man was called, died of cancer in prison in 1983, and he never revealed the secret of the correspondence.

Sources: 

State Department, USA

FBI

Washington Post

New York Times

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The murder of Horst Strohe, Heumarkt, Cologne, 1992

It was the murder of Horst Strohe, at night around 1 a.m. on 13 September 1992, that terrified an entire city then as it does now.

The brutality of the crime against the victim, who openly lived with his homosexuality, is unmatched.

Numerous witnesses saw the then 54-year-old man being literally executed with kicks to the chest and against the head in a square not far from white benches below the OVB office on the street "Am Malzbüchel", in the connection next to Heumarkt.

The investigators at the time did not rule out that possible witnesses in 1992 wanted to remain unidentified - out of concern that details of their sexual inclination might become known. Today's investigators forget that the victims were treated as badly by the police as they were by sections of society.

The brutality of the crime was unprecedented and showed how homosexuals were systematically made fair game by sections of society as late as the 1990s.

What had happened?

That was also the question asked by the investigators in Aktenzeichen( German police file XY on  October,13 2021 when they presented the case of Horst Strohe, who had been kicked to death on Heumarkt, on the programme.

Until now, it is still not clear whether Strohe was the victim of a random act of violence or knew the perpetrator beforehand.

At that time, it was known in the circles around the Heumarkt and Alter Markt in Cologne that homosexuals openly moved around in pubs there. In addition, it was known, since 1991, as contemporary witnesses reported, that foreign youths gathered in the area up to the office of the OVB and the then fast food restaurant Mc Iwan at the KVB tram stop Heumarkt in the direction of Deutz to go "homosexual gossiping" in front of the said pubs. According to contemporary witnesses, this also applied to the transvestite theatre Timp, where the later victim had to walk past.

There were also the places where the homosexuals looked for their partners, met for one-night stands. The area extended towards Severinsbrücke on the Rhine. It was known that Strohe frequented homosexual circles between Heumarkt and Severinsbrücke, which was called the "leather scene" during the years.

It was already common for several youths to pounce on the victims and demand some kind of protection money or simply strike. People were cautious at that time when they came out of one of the bars at night. This is what witnesses from the time report. In 1993, for example, there was allegedly an incident in front of a former fish shop/snack bar on the previously declared Heumarkt.

Strohe went to the bus stop in the direction of Heumarkt and was attacked on the way by his later murderer and killed with numerous kicks to the head. This happened in the immediate vicinity of the brightly lit Hotel Maritim at the head of Heumarkt facing the Rhine.

The tram line also ran close to where Strohe, who worked as a computer technician and programmer for an insurance company and was known and respected by many in the "black leather scene", was murdered.

Especially in Hühnergasse, adjacent to Heumarkt, where the bar "Caroussel" was, one could hear how homosexuals were often harassed and threatened. Sometimes they were even hit. Or "Pustis" (Greek for faggot) was shouted, spat at etc..

 

The perpetrator is described by the Cold Case Unit under Commissioner Weber as follows: about 20 years old at the time, about 1.80 metres tall, slim and athletic. He is said to have been wearing a white shirt with a snake pattern. He might have been trained in East Asian fighting techniques. He may have been travelling with other men who are being sought as witnesses.

Police File : Crime Scene 1992, Police Cologne

Investigators are also looking for two witnesses from the deceased's personal circle who were at Heumarkt shortly after the crime, according to the police in Cologne.

First Chief Detective Markus Weber will present the case in the programme. Witnesses can be contacted by the Cologne police on 0221 229-0 or by e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Can the mystery of the Isdal woman be solved in history of the former Hotel Regina in Geneva ?

Many more clues to the most mysterious murder case in post-war history

 

There are new findings about the Isdal woman, who was found dead around Bergen / Norway in November 1970.  But also only fragments in a large mosaic that the beautiful unknown woman left behind. 

 

Already in 2019, Le Républicain Lorrain in Forbach / France wrote about the mysterious acquaintance of a man from the Grand Est in the weeks of summer 1970.

 

The two spoke almost exclusively about painting and art. She had a "Balkan accent" but spoke German, French and Dutch, as Le Républicain Lorrain reported. The unidentified person, who served as an informant for the regional newspaper in Lorrain, said: "She (the alleged Isdal woman) said she had several documents and passports that allowed her to cross the Berlin Wall and travel to the GDR without any problems."

 

Overall, the statement in the French source is astonishing. It is perfectly aligned with the events that then took place. Allegedly, she had quite a few passports and wigs in the luggage collected from friends in the Wiesberg district of Forbach, where she also spent the nights. Also, clothes, which certainly did not come from a poor woman from the Balkans.

 

But where were the objects, documents, when the CID in Bergen found the suitcases in a locker at the local railway station after the death of the Isdal woman in early December 1970?

 

Riddle after riddle.

 

Why should this woman, who was sitting high on a horse in a lumberjack shirt and corduroy trousers, now suddenly be lying dead in Isdal/Norway? And this after she had met two unknown men, probably Yugoslavs, two days before her demise.

 

 

Just another clue in the puzzle: Did the Isdal woman's death journey already began in Geneva?

 

The trail of the Isdal woman leads not only to Lorraine, not far from the German border, but also to Geneva.

 

To the then luxury Hotel Regina at the Quai du Mont Blanc, owned by Émile Kähr and subsequently by his sons.  There, where Tito's and Ulbricht's foreign currency procurers hung out. Here, in the midst of Geneva's art scene, within a stone's throw of Geneva's galleries, the connoisseurs of old masters met, and not only them. 

In the diaries of the Isdal woman, a remark was found that she stood at the Hotel Regina in Geneva. After decryption of the code she used in her papers, it was revealed she stood at the Hotel Regina on the Quai du Mont Blanc in Geneva from the March 16th to March 19th, 1970.

But the Hotel Regina in Geneva, in the years a well-known spot for East-West contacts, also had an eventful history, as one can read in the Journal de Genève. Mysterious events took place: for example, documented in the issue of September 22, 1959. The French-language article can be found here.

 

We have because this act is so exceptional in the borough, translated the article.

 

"Towards the end of last night, two unknown persons presented themselves to the porter of the Hotel Regina, 7 quai du Mont-Blanc. Mr. Alois Arnold, 78 years old, 20 avenue Jacques-Martin in Chêne-Bougenes, who was just finishing his deputy duties, the incumbent being on leave at the time.  By one of the strangers, who had taken out a percussion instrument from a red leather bag, (the man) was hit on the head. Mr Arnold collapsed while the second assailant held him down and grabbed him by the throat. Meanwhile, the first robber had gone behind the counter, blown up the cash drawer (!) and taken more than nine thousand francs (worth about 4456 euros at the time).

When there was a noise, the two attackers made their way towards the salons and jumped through a ground floor window onto the Square du Mont Blanc. Mr Arnold soon regained his senses. The septuagenarian, who was very alert despite his age, managed to call the police by phone. The police rushed to the scene and began a search, which, however, proved fruitless. In fact, the clues about the unknown persons are rather vague: height 160 cm, rather thin, age between twenty and thirty, complexion and hair dark, language with a southern accent, light-coloured clothes, unkempt appearance.

Mr Arnold, who had lost a considerable amount of blood, was taken to the polyclinic and then to the Cantonal Hospital, where doctors found a deep wound on his head - but he had not suffered a fractured skull - and traces of strangulation on his neck. He will have to stay in the cantonal hospital for a week.

Only a while ago, the night porter of the Hotel de la Paix narrowly escaped some people who, after breaking open a window, tried to attack him."

It is surprising that this attack happened around eight o'clock. The perpetrators were also looking for something else. Unfortunately, the whole eventful history of the Hotel Regina cannot be told in one article, but it was wild. Another article shows the usual "business" in those days. 

"Yesterday, late in the morning, the Pioneers of the Permanent Standby went to the Hotel Regina, Quai du Mont-Blanc 7, where a fire had broken out between the floor and the ceiling. The fire brigade had to carry out demolition work to reach the scene of the accident.

This was due to an accidental cause. It actually appears that a cigarette, which was undoubtedly extinguished, fell into a small hole in the toilet, releasing smoke that necessitated the fire brigade's intervention."

 

Just a side note in this matter is that the Bristol Hotel at Krambugata 3, in Trondheim, where the Isdal woman was staying, burned to the ground in 1976. Until now, it is not clear how the fire started.

 

Hotell Bristol brenner (1976)

 

Hotell Bristol brenner (1976)

 

 

In the 1950s and 1960s, for example, the annual writers' event was held in this fashionable setting in Geneva. The Isdal woman, obsessed with art, blended in perfectly with the surroundings. But, the star of the Hotel Regina was sinking, numerous tenants and changes of ownership led to the dissolution of the house in 1974.

 

What is today the Hotel de la Paix on the elegant shores of Lake Geneva, was in 1970 the Hotel Regina. No less distinguished.

The beautiful unknown must have resided there. At least she had a sewing kit from this house in the evidence of suitcases found in a locker at Bergen station days after her demise.

At the time, this sewing kit was laid out in the rooms of the posh hostel on Lake Geneva, along with a bar of soap and a Bible. Unfortunately, there are no more sign-in sheets from those days.

 

The question remained, why did they, who had otherwise removed everything from the suitcases that indicated the identity of the dead, leave just the sewing kit in the suitcase? It was like the Norwegian Military Intelligence Service's obfuscation against the Bergen police. Cases from the bottom drawer were dragged in.

 

The traces seem to have been deliberately removed to obfuscate the real reason, the art smuggling.

 

But what is stopping Norway's military intelligence service, 50 (!) after the woman was found, from handing over the documents that were seized in the suitcases at the time?

 

This secret must be far more important than obsolete AGM-119 Penguin anti-ship missiles, which were used as a grateful excuse at the time and led to strangely scattered rumours.

 

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The most mysterious murder case in Europe - The way of the Isdal woman - Waldfischbach- Burgalben - Bitche (1)

The most mysterious murder case in Europe after the Second World War

The way of the Isdal woman via Waldfischbach-Burgalben to Bitche/Lorraine

The long prehistory, which we have discussed in detail, can be found here. 

The fate and above all the path of the Isdal woman, who was found in November 1970 in the Norwegian Ice Valley under the most mysterious circumstances, still lie in the dark. 

But the eternal mystery seems to be clearing up.

 

 

In this article we want to shed a little more light on the contents of the beautiful stranger's suitcases, it utters bulks about the woman's itinerary and activity. 

There was a backstory that accompanied the Isdal woman, who was born in Nuremberg, through the circumstances of the time, World War 2.

The evacuation of the young civilian population at the end of the war, practised by the Nazis as the so-called Kinderlandverschickung, led the Isdal woman to the German-French border region around the then shoe town of Pirmasens. To Waldfischbach-Burgalben, a small town in the Palatinate. At that time a rather sleepy place. Children and young people from Nuremberg came there in swarms. 

She, too, who was probably born around 1930, fell into the Kinderlandverschickung of the last days of the declining German Reich. The Kinderlandverschickung was an instrument of the National Socialists to evacuate children and young people, whom the Nazis could not abuse for the "armed resistance", from the cities bombed by the Allies. This was not done out of philanthropy but because the Nazis could get the single mothers into the armaments' industry. The children were raised to be Nazis, living in camps and subjected to a repulsive military drill that determined their entire daily lives. 

 

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This is the backstory, which also emerged from the isotope analysis carried out at the university in Canberra. 

However, the Kinderlandverschickung is completely incidental to the later events, but these historical connections help to reveal the identity of the beautiful stranger. After the Allied advance on the German south-western border in 1944, the children who had been sent could hardly be returned to their parents due to the lack of a functioning infrastructure. Therefore, the children were first "outsourced" in the direction of Bitche and then handed over to families in the surrounding area as the front drew ever closer. The Norwegian journalist Marit Higraff was already that far when she tried to "dig"2018 in the KLV documents. Many of the documents were lost without a trace at the end of the war or lie in tunnels in the Palatinate and Lorraine that have not yet been opened or are simply unknown.

 

The trail of suitcases

The objects she had with her in the suitcases are also helpful. A list of these was published by the Kripos in Bergen during the investigation. From the suitcases it is obvious that she led a regular life while travelling. It is strange, however, that the money was in envelopes, as if it had been given to her by someone else.

To understand that no one was really interested in the identity and real mission of the Isdal woman in Norway, one only has to read the articles of the day. In the Bergen Tidendes, the managing editor wrote a very different story from the one that was later told to the world. Parts of the Isdal woman's luggage were missing. Everything had been carefully searched before the police seized the suitcases at the railway station. Hotel employees remembered a peculiar quirk of the unknown woman, namely that she always squeezed two lemon halves. She was seen as an artist by numerous witnesses at the time. This was only one of the countless oddities of the woman with the pretty face. 

 

The items from the Isdal woman's suitcases

It is quite obvious that before the police found the suitcases of the so-called Isdal woman, someone had searched them and made numerous manipulations. Like cutting off labels etc. That this was done by a third party, and not by the Israel woman herself, becomes clear when one looks at the contents of the suitcases as found by the police in Bergen in the locker. Hans Thue, one of the investigators in the case wrote on 12/6/1970 in the protocol marked 4968 A. 1970 (file sheet XI-13) (Likfunn i Isdalen 29.11.70) about how the Isdal woman had handled her suitcases and the contents.

At the same time, a rumour arose that she had been Belgian or French. However, in early December 1970, when the homicide investigation was still in full swing and only a preliminary autopsy result was available, a witness who was never mentioned again came forward claiming that the Isdal woman lived with someone in Bergen and had travelled together with a man on the Hurtigruten ship.

The chief investigator at the time, Oskar Hordnes, quickly settled on the spy theory. There was no proof of this, as the traces and also the observations that witnesses instead of the police communicated to the newspaper were hardly evaluated. In the end, these only served to increase the daily circulation, which is quite understandable from the point of view of the newspaper makers of the time.  They managed to do this for weeks with ever new information that could not be found in the file. (Part2)

 

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The former Hotel Viking in Oslo, where the unknown woman was also staying. 

All this time, there was speculation about whether the Isdal woman was a spy. At that time, pictures were important, but neither a camera, nor a film apparatus, nor films were found in the unknown woman's belongings. Now there is no way of knowing whether there might have been microfilms in the countless tubes or in the pottery clay that she had given to someone. Of course, she may have given the microfilms to the two unknowns in small containers, but that is where the speculation begins. 

It was not entirely clear why the Isdal woman was carrying a scalpel from the Tuttlingen company Aesculap in her luggage, along with 5 blades. She had probably acquired these items in Germany. On her way to Norway. The price tags had been removed, as had other labels from items in the Isdal woman's possession. It was very unusual, even in those days, to travel across Europe with a scalpel. But there was a reason for this scalpel: the Isdal woman needed the items for works of art, namely to cut pictures out of frames, etc.

Her Nicol Shoes, Nicolbaby, Roma - Via Barberini 30, raise even more questions and suggest that the Isdal woman had been in Rome. What can only be conjectured. But the shoes were sold exclusively through the shop there at the time. A shop very close to countless galleries, such as the Palazzo Barberini, which, no one is surprised by the connection, dealt with old pottery. Several times she had also given under her alias the profession of waiver, known from the porcelain industry.

It was chic to shop in Beate Uhse's mail-order business. Every customer received a promotional gift and that was the matchbox. The famous matchbox. 

Germany in the 1970s, and one should not forget that at the beginning of 1971 there were still countless ruins in Germany from the Second World War, which had already been over for 26 years. It was the time of German separation. A wall criss-crossed the country with barbed wire and mines to prevent escape from the East. The Isdal woman was a creature of her time and would not be at all possible in today's society.

The real existing socialism of the German Democratic Republic had already failed at that time. Only East Berlin was not in a position to dismiss communism as an experiment instead of heaven on earth and to ask the Federal Republic of Germany, which was anchored in the market economy, for help, which the GDR would certainly have received from the Federal Republic of Germany. It was the thaw between the two German states and Willy Brandt had travelled to Erfurt in March 1970. 


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The enduring mystery of the Kambo Mannen- some news

Nearly 34 years...

After more than 33 years the Kambo Mannen is not identified.

What happened in this September days 1987, when a conductor found the human remains of the later so-called Kambo Mannen besides the former train line between Kambo and Moss?

Whom the unknown stranger met before he was deadly injured by a train?

Two of his limbs had been severed, an arm and a foot. He had not been drinking alcohol prior his death and was killed by the train. 

Who took his identification card, his papers, his passport?  And his funds?

It was not clear for the train operator who saw something at first he thought it was a plastic bag on the rails, to see a human remains in front of his traction engine. 

Today the train line it’s a pass for tracking and the trains are running through a tunnel which was built a few years ago. Long after the incidents with the Kambo Mannen. In all these years the mystery grew even bigger about the unknown alien. 

Some newer information were revealed after a recent newspaper article in 2017 by the Norwegian tv2 nyheter in Oslo. But nobody could reveal what the person wanted in this specific area close to a radar station in the Cold War against the former Soviet Union. He had no camera with him or other tools for espionage.  Maybe the Kambo Mannen was one of the spies of the military intelligence of the existing so-called Warsaw Treaty Organization. But this reason is unlikely.

The Warsaw Pact states sent plenty of secret scouts to the scene with foreign number plated cars in this specific area.

Yes, and there were many suicides in these days along train lines in Norway. But this is even more unreal with the Kambo Mannen. 

What seems today some sort of bizarre game- were in those days in the two systems a common method to find needed information. In 2017, it revealed that the police forbid foreign number plates in the area close to the Gylderåsen station in Våler of the NATO Nike system of the Norwegian army.

If he had been a spy, at least a vehicle would have been found nearby. Keys that would have pointed to the vehicle. The Norwegian police these days experienced in these particular cases would have checked the circumstance and surroundings. 

But it but this was not the only case of mystery and unidentified people in Norway in the last 50 years. It started with the most mystery case of the unknown stranger from the Isdal, who used multiple identities while she was in Norway, 1970.

Last traces led to former Tito Yugoslavia

The woman with the strange code was mystified and certainly the target of the military intelligence of the Norwegian government. They had all reason to look for her luggage which was discovered by police in the train station in Bergen a few days after her death.

Exotic Circumstances

They were around about 15 people in  Norway which could be identified and  three cases led to Germany and the former East German hemisphere. 

The last one to leave a strange mystery was the dead woman in the Plaza Hotel in Oslo in 1995. Jennifer Fergate.

But the Kambo Mannen came under different circumstances, which showed that he was searched before his death. 

Someone could, of course, claim that the unknown person somehow came to Norway like a stowaway, then decided to commit suicide at short notice next to the railway line and buried his belongings somewhere along the way. Anyone reading this already knows that it does not sound realistic. 

The trail of the later investigation to the German vessel- the MS Edelgard- was just a manoeuvre to mislead the real investigations which ended again on this railroad in autumn 1987. 

Well, there were large smuggling rings that brought goods into Norway and shipped them into the country at previously spotted points. Alcohol and art smuggling were big business there. This sounds more realistic. First part of Kambo Mannen

Kambo Mannen's traces

His cloth could have been from a German second hand delivery to East Germany- different finds and numbers could not be explained and files about how it was delivered and to whom it was delivered would be destroyed by now. Second hand shops in the FRG were not so common and so popular.

Plenty of files of the East German former state security are destroyed or brought to a place where the government cannot gain any information any more.  Funny enough files were found in a mine tunnel shortly after reunification. 

Other files are still shredded pieces of the former East German State security HVA. It will take years to put them together again in painstaking detail, like a puzzle.

The Kambo Mannen did not reveal where he received the packet of Camel filter cigarettes which were solely produced with this specific tobacco for the Eastern Block market. 

This leaves only the clothing, which has posed even more mysteries since the first day of the investigation than these exhibits have revealed.

The 55-60 year old man was wearing the following when he was found dead on the train line: 

We have explained long before the Norwegians in tv2 in our first article the connection to some clothes. We refer to the first part.

A grey blouse jacket / military jacket -so called "Schimanski jacket". An item of clothing made famous by the television series Schimanski, the Duisburg fictional(!) "Crime scene", which was very fashionable at the time and was worn by the actor Götz George in each of these episodes. 
One pair of blue jeans
A white shirt with dark, thin stripes
Two medical stockings with three blue stripes on top and open toe.
A yellow machine knitted jumper with a square pattern.
One white vest
One pair of Elan Body panties
A handkerchief with brown stripes in a square pattern.
A black belt made of artificial material.
A red Victorinox Swiss Army pocket knife of the model "Climber".
A soft pack of Camel cigarettes. Produced in the West for the Eastern European market.
 

Sources: Kripos  Norge

It was common practice at the time to ship clothes collected by aid organizations in West Germany to the East. That meant to Poland or the former GDR. It was also customary for the German Red Cross, for example, to provide clothing to late settlers arriving from the East. This also applied to special prisoner from East Germany from the former GDR, which are little known in the world. Also, not in Norway. 

These clothes were compulsorily catalogued.

Most of the labels were also cut out of them and, for example, plasters with numbers were affixed to shoes. This explains the discovery of the plaster in the shoe only now because at that time in the clothing depots one had to be able to match the shoes to each other in large quantity. 

Another aspect is the sole insert, which was only studied a few years ago. This indicates that the sole was subsequently adapted to the shoe because it does not belong to the shoe and this in turn explains the second-hand clothes thesis.

Did the man come with an order from the GDR via the main access camp Friedland?

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Are there any documents about the dead man still to be found here?

The former GDR smuggled its snitches to the West directly. In any case, the number is not a secret code, but comes from a clothing store. 

More to read in the second part in March 2021

 

 

 

 

 

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Silence upon the heather

(The links and the films are in German language)

Very silent

What became of the Kurt-Werner Wichmann case and the pieces of evidence that the Lunenburg police (Lower Saxon) presented to the completely shocked public worldwide more than a year ago?

Among them personal objects of people that Wichmann had buried before his suicide. From which years do the curiosities that Wichmann buried, along with an almost new Ford Probe, date? 

What became of the case? The sensational cases?

Ilse Gerkens and the Ulrike Burmester case?

The Gerkens case has been open since April 11, 1968. Although Wichmann was only 18 years old at the time, he is associated with what happened.

The mother of an eleven-year-old daughter was shot off her bicycle with four bullets virtually after shopping. 

The Ulrike Burmester case took place on May 14, 1969, when the 14-year-old schoolgirl from Lunenburg was reported missing by her relatives.

Her body was recovered from the Elbe River at the end of May 1969.

She had probably been sexually abused and then strangled. She had been dumped in the Elbe with a stone.

It is interesting that the accomplices are still at large and that the situation in which Ulrike Burmester was found is almost similar to that of the Schulze couple case and their daughter. The father died under the most mysterious circumstances, nearly on the same place as Mario Schulze dumped with a stone. After the last report, Schulze dumped himself.  

Mother and daughter have not been found to date.

The tracks of the mother and daughter Schulze end at a lake a few kilometres away and only those of the father led away. However, no one can explain where the bodies of the mother and daughter are supposed to be. The police searched the entire area with a large contingent, including man trailer dogs. 

Until now, it was assumed that this was an extended suicide. Incredibly, this suicide took place where Wichmann and his henchmen presumably committed the deeds. 

What is clear, however, is that Wichmann acted not alone. A disturbing conclusion after many years. 

 

Years later, the couple Ursula and Peter Reinhold from Hamburg-Bergedorf were found in the Goehrde forest after six weeks. On July 12, 1989, hikers found the badly decomposed and stripped bodies. Most of the Reinholds had already been skeletonized by animals and decomposition.

The cause of death could never be determined. Curiously, the couple's car was found at the railway station in nearby Winsen at Luhe.

 

Ever since lead investigator Juergen Schubbert was retired and also failed in court with his suit for continued employment beyond retirement age, many observers have been wondering whether the case should go to rest altogether.

Then, a few weeks ago, German media heard that the investigators would also pursue the trail of a paid killer, Wichmann. It may well be that the passionate cemetery gardener also received money for his misdeeds. 

The Goehrde murders and the murder of the sister Birgit Meier of the then LKA (State Criminal Investigation Office)  chief Wolfgang Sielaff were staged in a sensational film documentary.

 

After years of searching for his missing sister, the latter succeeded in discovering the mortal remains in an assembly pit in the former home of Wichmann, who took his life in 1993 in a different custodial context.

Up to the time Sielaff found his sister's remains, the ex-husband of those killed was the target of the investigation, although the prosecution knew he was innocent, they continued to investigate and never apologized. 

 

Germany was flabbergasted. 


But what was behind Wichmann's connections to the right-wing extremist scene in the Lunenburg Heath? 


Not far away, a gigantic weapons depot was dug up after the attack on the Munich Oktoberfest in 1980. This weapons depot was attributed to the alleged NATO Stay Behind Network Gladio undertaken by a Forrester.

But is it true that this is where Wichmann obtained the weapons for his deeds?

Is it simply the time for heather to grow over the case?


 

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Die Stem van die Apartheid (2/1999) - Shadows of the Night- the Murder of Dr Robert Van Schalkwyk Smit

Die Oranje Vrystaat

The Vrystaat smells of spicy bushes, not Diesel like yesterday on the army truck, past ostriches and zebras, along with dull-faced SADF soldiers sitting on the back of the truck being carted to the front. Cannon fodder for a proxy war between the great powers. 


Ossewabrandwag


I have realized in the last few hours reading the newspaper cuttings, South Africa is ruled by a cult. Ossewabrandwag - my people, my God.
The eagle looks like one of the NSDAP.


Interestingly, this organization was founded in February 1939 and wanted to enter the war on the side of Germany. The Afrikaner Broederbond is recruited from this Afrikanerdoom environment, and it  formed the National Party of South Africa (NP). The sect party provides the prime minister, in this case the obstinate and extremely dangerous P W Botha, called the Great Crocodile, even less flattering in Afrikaans: Die Groot Krokodil . He was born in Paul Roux, just over 100 km from here. He is a concrete-headed racist and capitalist. Botha will not release Mandela from prison in his lifetime. Nazis survived here in other guises. Scary to think if Hitler had won the war. 

In the folder I received from the editor are also newspaper cuttings of a crime that, as one of The Star's journalists in Johannesburg lately wrote, was one of the most heinous in recent decades. That may be saying something if people are allowed to be tortured to death.  Just disappear in a bright blue Ford Granada or a yellow SUV on the loading bed. Or simply slaughtered at home, tortured to death in police stations. Etc.

The murder of Dr Robert Van Schalkwyk Smit - the trail leads to Germany


One of the great mysteries is the death of Dr Robert Van Schalkwyk Smit and his wife Jeanne-Cora. The case is still fermenting in the collective popular soul of the Boers here. Since this regime in Pretoria can only be cracked from within, Smit became an absolute risk for the party. But this risk had a long history.


What had happened? 


Smit was one of the most successful South Africans who, although he also came from the political sect of those who rule this country harshly, also wanted to expose corruption. This was, of course, about "Muldergate" and also about other dirty tricks that the NP came up with for its internal opponents. 


There are countless rumors. 

The rumor that is probably closest to the truth is that of the two German murderers who, for whoever, were deliberately directed to the scene of the crime, committed the ugly deed and then disappeared again. 


The trace of the writing on the wall "RAU TEM" (Randse Afrikaanse Universiteit - Tegnies En Moord) "leads into the circles that remained of BOSS. Who knows who gave the order? Probably in their midst are also exiled Rhodesian's who just lost their homeland three years ago with the "Lancasterhouse Agreement".  
 

"RAU TEM" is said to be a group of the Boss (Bureau for State Security) (Buro vir Staatsveiligheid (BSV)) and there is nothing good to report about the terrorist group that has meanwhile been dissolved in the "Muldergate" affair. 


It is interesting to note that two years before the murder, when the South African embassy in Germany moved from Cologne to Bonn Auf dem Hostert 3, the secret nuclear papers disappeared without a trace under the eyes of the GSG 9 (!). The Bonn public prosecutor's office and the South African Secret Service (!), which was acting on German soil in this connection, jointly came to the conclusion after intensive investigations that the papers were gone.  

 

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Former South African Embassy in Bonn / Germany

Von Foto: Eckhard Henkel / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 3.0 DE, CC BY-SA 3.0 de, Link


It is also interesting to note that Foreign Minister Pik Botha and Van Schalkwyk Smit were neighbours in Washington when both were on equally diplomatic missions for the Republic. 

 

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By <a href="https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q41529430" class="extiw" title="d:Q41529430">William Fitz-Patrick</a> - <a rel="nofollow" class="external text" href="https://www.reaganlibrary.archives.gov/archives/audiovisual/contactsheets/1963.jpg">Photograph 1963-18A, White House Photographic Office: 1981-89 Collection</a> (see large PDF with description and link to photo contact sheet <a rel="nofollow" class="external text" href="https://reaganlibrary.archives.gov/archives/audiovisual/WHPHOTO1981.PDF">here</a>. From the <a rel="nofollow" class="external text" href="http://www.reagan.utexas.edu/">The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum</a>, Public Domain, Link


There was probably a nuclear axis between Bonn, Brasília and Pretoria. Smit, otherwise top of the class of the NP, was well-informed about the red threads of corruption. Perhaps he was blackmailing Dr Eschel Rhoodie, the propaganda chief of the NP. 


Van Schalkwyk Smit was, of course, no orphan. He ran the country's largest insurance company, Santam, and was certainly involved in countless actions of the apartheid regime in Pretoria as the head of it and as the representative of the International Monetary Fund.


Van Schalkwyk Smit is said to be the originator of the trick that is being carried out by the thousands in Mauritius, the Seychelles, Taiwan and Hong Kong through South African shell companies. 

The goods subject to the embargo are simply exported to the respective countries and from there to South Africa. This is also how the sanction of the Federal Export Office in Eschborn near Frankfurt is to be circumvented. In addition, there are dozens of flats all over the world through which almost everything is sold and bought. 


What took place that evening in Springs in the Transvaal can only be conjectured. The police, when they do investigate, always investigate favoring the Botha government and its regime lackeys.
Allegedly, the perpetrators stayed for hours in the bungalow in Springs and literally tortured the victims there. Or even returned once because they had forgotten to take something with them.  It was probably about documents from the nuclear deals. The investigations are so watered down that no one knows anymore what Pretoria pretended to be in the case, what the result should be or was.  Dr Van Schalkwyk Smit came later home. 

By this time, his wife must have already been executed by countless knife wounds and targeted shots to the head, following a torture. Smit died shortly afterwards. Whether the perpetrators were looking for something or just had a targeted murder mission remained entirely open in the investigations of the South African police. The statements of the lead detective, a brawny Boer, range between Smit was dragged halfway down the lower floor and Smit was already dead when he tried to unlock the door in the hallway. 

A leaked report said that the flat, mainly the kitchen, had been searched. The perpetrators also left the inscription "RAU TEM" there.  It is unlikely that documents on South African government corruption were stored there. As Dr Eschel Rhoodie said in England last year, there are said to have been countless bank accounts in Switzerland, he was on the run via Ecuador to Great Britain and from there to France, where he was then arrested. 


Did Smit know before his death to report what was then exposed months later as the "Muldergate Affair" in 1977 in Pretoria?


Millions of South African rand, currently worth between US$ 1,20 and US$1,50 per Rand, which a high purchase value, had been embezzled to influence the press, to falsify the news in a way that was desirable for a dictatorship that wanted to stay in power for a long time. The Citizen or The Burger was chosen for this purpose. An idea that came from the head of BOSS, Hendrik van den Bergh. One of the most odious figures and guarantors of the South African dictatorship. 
Allegedly, according to an inquiry report, Balthazar Johannes "B. J." Vorster, Botha's shamed predecessor, was involved in the whole story. Now he lives in Cape Town. Isolated and reviled by the local Boer celebrities. 
The mastermind and string-puller for the government in Pretoria was Connie Mulder (Petrus Cornelius Mulder), an obscure character even for the brown henchmen in Pretoria.
They unceremoniously excluded him from the NP holy grail when things got too hot.

The Washington Post reported on the bad who-dunnit penned by the propaganda department a few years ago. And yet journalists here on the ground think that South Africa's only opposition paper, the Rand Daily Mail, has been completely undermined and the Boers are taking revenge on Helen Zille's article on the death of (Bantu) Stephen Biko

The only credible lead


Mad Mike Hoare and his gang of murders
No one has had any real interest so far, but perhaps that will change in the years to come. Through a statement to the Erasmus Commission, a former judge of the Transvaal Supreme Court came into action who knew a South African Airways pilot who gave a statement about two Germans who had come to South Africa from Lutton Airport (UK) for the £40,000 job to murder van Schalkwyk Smit and his wife. These two Germans were part of Mad Mike Hoare's Commando 5 in the Congo. There, daily murders with the leaving of graffiti was normal, as one can see from numerous pictures of the time. 
So, it is not surprising that the chief of the mercenaries in the Congo known as Mad Mike, whose most famous platoon leader was the unfortunately "legendary" Congo Muller, is also said to have been involved in the murder of the van Schalkwyk Smit couple. This, however, leads back to the influence of the South African government, which did not want to get its hands dirty with overseas mercenaries.


What the South African Airways pilot really knows only means that he has testified that two Germans accepted the order to murder the couple. This murder must have come from the "Muldergate scandal" with the accounts held in Switzerland and Germany. To make matters worse, evidence from Dr Eschel Rhoodie is said to be in a secure location, presumably in a Swiss bank vault.


This fact was reported by the New York Times, one of the absolute opponents of apartheid, as early as 1979, but unfortunately this lead, which is the most credible and the most likely, was not followed up. Mad Mike, the Irishman, had carried out similar actions in the Congo during the Katanga crisis. Countless of his comrades-in-arms were Germans who were better off fighting in the Congo in the 1960s than facing prosecution by the courts in Germany for crimes committed during the Nazi era. 


A staircase joke of history is that Matt Mike now lives in South Africa and not so far away from what happened in Springs, in the Johannesburg area. What Schalkwyk Smit and his wife could know, the perpetrators certainly took with them. Congo-Muller, however, who revealed his true soul in a pathetic interview, drove off to the next battle with a skull and crossbones on his bonnet whenever he was needed for a murder in Katanga.


It would have been a simple step to find out who Mad Mike's mercenaries were from Germany and compare them with the entry documents to the Boer Republic. The clarification of the heinous crime, however, was not wanted. The murder of Schalkwyk Smit and his wife was desired to deter the enemies within. 


Now that the shadow of night is settling over the Vrystaat, I am going to the takeaway and will eat a Boerewors and drink a Castle Lager. 

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Further search for the identity of the Isdal woman (II) - Jugoslavijo, dobar dan 

Traces in the fog of one of the most mysterious murders in post-war history

The case of the Isdal woman becomes more exciting than it initially appeared, even after the newer investigations by the public prosecutor's office in Bergen in 2016. 

If you look at the case of the Isdal woman from the point of distance, it becomes clear that many documents from the police investigation from those days did not find their way to the Public Record Office in Bergen. These documents seem to have been withheld until today.

The reason is elementary; the purchasers of certain items would inevitably have to return them to their rightful owners. Other documents that were found in the suitcases of the unknown deceased, however, have already been published like the unfortunate matchbox from the Beate Uhse sex shop

Why documents disappeared is or was the case can certainly no longer be determined today. 

The Norwegian military intelligence service certainly did not cover itself with glory these days. 

The probability that the Isdal woman also had a stay in Hamburg is very high. The German goods could have come from the Kepa / Karstadt in Hamburg, which was within a stone's throw of the station at that time. In the assortment, the items were found at Isdal woman's luggage. Numerous prehistories and journalistic research can be found here. 

 

 

PHOTO: POLITIET / STATSARKIVET I BERGEN

It is 50 years ago in fall that prosecutor Carl Halvor Aas took over the investigation on that misty November day in 1970.

 

An alleged suicide with 60 Fenemal pills in her stomach and carbon monoxide poisoning was ruled out. These tablets were not available in Norway. Even the investigators did not believe in suicide. 

 

Even after the fisherman's statement, one could have doubts about the completeness of the files. This statement is now in a different context. No espionage tools such as mini cameras etc. were found in the records of the unknown dead. Nevertheless, after meeting the two southern looking gentlemen on a forest path shortly before her death, which was observed by a witness, she was seen as a spy. The code she used in her diaries was simple and somewhat naive. Shoes and deodorant from Germany immediately pointed to a female spy. Besides, all signs had been removed from her clothes. 

The penguin missiles will not have played a role in this context. Even the later interrogated employee of the Israeli Mossad "Lillehammer Affair" did not know the name. Instead, the visit to the Hotel Bristol in Trondheim is more interesting - as Vera Jarle from Antwerp from November 6 to 8. Before that, she had stayed at the Hotel Neptun in Bergen from 30.10.1970 - 06.11.1970 under the name of Alexia Zarna-Merchez, born on 27.11.1943 in Ljubljana. 

According to the oxygen and strontium isotope analysis of the University of Canberra, the trail also led to the then internal border area between Serbia and Croatia. On an imaginary line between Užice and Sarajevo.   

 

 

PHOTO: KART FRA PROF. JURIAN HOOGEWERFF/NATIONAL CENTRE FORENSIC STUDIES/UNIVERSITY OF CANBERRA 

 

The Isdal woman stated not only once that she was an antique dealer. This seems to be valid 50 years after the body was found in Isdal. The statement of the Italian photographer and the hotel report is available for this purpose. Apparently, she travelled again and again under false legends, but on several occasions, she also stated her profession as a decorator. She knew a lot about porcelain, the Italian photographer Giovanni Trimboli stated. Trimboli was a dubious figure who was said to have connections with the Mafia and smuggling, only long after his death it became public. Photographing him would only have been camouflage.

It was about art smuggling from the former Eastern Bloc

Border crossing point Helmstedt FRG/GDR 1969, kasaan media, 2020

 

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East Berlin had since Aktion Licht (Action Light) in 1962, in which all the safe-deposit boxes in banks that had not been used since the war were opened by employees of the Ministry of State Security who had not reported in after the war.

The currency gorge of the GDR needed money. This "Aktion Licht" brought in more than 4 million DM at that time. Among them were countless works of art that were smuggled all over the world.

Incredibly valuable pieces (paintings, jewellery, antiques, etc.) were thus handed over to their owners in the respective countries by couriers. Only in February 1973, the KuA GmbH (Kunst und Antiquitäten GmbH) was founded in East Berlin. This company continued to operate as a "seller" via the former Yugoslavia until well into the 1980s. Years ago, a trace had already been revealed to an artist who lived at that time in Norway and in the south of France. 

 

To a certain Kjell Varvin, to whom the trail of the Isdal woman now led, also in other contexts.

 

 

 

 

Riksarkivet (National Archives of Norway) from Oslo, Norway - Vidkun Quisling og hans kone Maria.

 

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Probably the henchmen had found clues to the legendary art treasure of Vidkun Quisling during "Operation Light" years earlier. Quisling, whose name today still stands for the greatest shame of Norway, was the governor of the Nazis in Norway and had built up a considerable art collection together with his Russian wife since the end of the 1930s, some of which disappeared in Eastern Germany after the war.

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Tristan Bruebach - more than 20 years after at the crime scene

Tristan Bruebach - more than 20 years after at the crime scene (June 27, 2020)
A miserable but never forgotten crime
Our guest author Sunny Beatz follows the traces of the last hours of Tristan Bruebach. Every reader can imagine the perpetrator's atrocities very clearly in this sequence.

We pay the author great respect.

The crime must never be forgotten. Here you can read the story of Tristan Bruebach.






In the afternoon, shortly after four o'clock, I started my journey from Frankfurt / Main - equipped with a city map and my camera - in the direction of Hoechst, to get a personal impression of the scene of the crime and its surroundings in the murder case "Tristan Bruebach".



After a short orientation phase in the entrance area of the station, I first decided to visit the Bruno-Asch-Anlage, which was located in the eastern direction of my position. According to the female witness, the last time Tristan was seen alive here was at 3:20 pm sitting on a park bench.

 


Bruno-Asch-Anlage | © SunnyBeatz



According to the information board, the plant was "overhauled" towards the end of autumn 2019.

So I had to assume that today's appearance is not the same as in 1998. However, a passer-by told me on my inquiry that "not much has changed here. The benches were renewed."

I first walked the path on the right to the end of the layout.

 



Bruno-Asch-Anlage | © SunnyBeatz


There is also an information board, as well as a smaller, paved square with a conspicuously large number of male alcohol drinkers.

When I observed these people, I immediately remembered the description of the above witness, who said that she saw "two foreign-looking, male persons" sitting on the bench with Tristan.

This description could have been a good 90% of the people present at the station and its surroundings on that day.

After his stay at the station, Tristan is said to have set off in a westerly direction to the Unterliederbach tunnel.

At the end of the layout, I went to the opposite side of the tunnel and went back towards the station.







Bruno-Asch-Anlage | © SunnyBeatz



The measured time to pass through the installation (directly, at average speed, measured about 3 minutes).

Tristan is said to have walked between 15:20 and 15:30 from the Bruno-Asch-Anlage to the south entrance of the tunnel. There he finally died.

For this walking distance, I measured the time of about 5 minutes. Depending on the walking speed, the time was reduced to about 4 ½ minutes.



(© OpenStreetMap contributors / License: ODbL, note: www.openstreetmap.org/copyright)


Back at the station building, it becomes immediately noticeable that the entrance area, as well as the immediate surroundings, are exceptionally well frequented. I met here apparent commuters, pausing construction workers, people who were in the various cafés and conveyance stores and countless young people who were loitering there.

Especially the young people seemed to watch the events at the station very closely.



To get to the southern entrance of the tunnel, I walked past the station building and the bus stop and then turned a little further right onto a smaller path.



I want to point out explicitly that the tunnel is by far not as fluctuating as the station area! It is much more isolated and can only be found today if you know the area.
 



Way to the place of the crime (southern entrance of the Liederbach tunnel) | © SunnyBeatz



After following the path mentioned above for a few meters, I first came across the trail mentioned above, from which the 12-year-old witness claims to have seen a man with a black cap and a blond, long ponytail crawling up the path shortly after Tristan's murder.


Path to the place of the crime (southern entrance to Liederbachtunnel) | © SunnyBeatz
 

 


The trail at the south entrance | © SunnyBeatz



Due to the high vegetation in the current season (end of June 2020) it is neither possible to reach the river bed in front of the entrance nor to have a view of the whole southern entrance.
 



Scene of crime (southern entrance of the Liederbach tunnel) | © SunnyBeatz

 




Scene of crime (southern entrance of Liederbach tunnel) | © SunnyBeatz


I then left the trail behind me on the right side and followed the path further on.

Surprisingly, a few steps further on, I found another path towards the river bed before the southern entrance.

Unfortunately, it was not possible to descend there either, as it was an extremely steep slope.





A few meters further on and turning right, I reached a place from where I could take more photos of the river bed in front of the southern entrance. Here I saw for the first time that some parts of the Liederbach were not dry, contrary to my expectations.

 


Riverbed in front of the southern entrance of the Liederbach tunnel | © SunnyBeatz



I looked around there for a while and then decided to go back the way I came and visit the north side of the tunnel.

If you go back the same way, you also pass a playground very close to the tunnel.



The playground near the south entrance of the Liederbach tunnel | © SunnyBeatz


To reach the northern entrance of the Liederbach tunnel, I entered the station building for the first time, which had to be crossed.
 

 



Entrance area Bahnhof Hoechst | © SunnyBeatz



After I entered the entrance area shown above through the right door (seen from the inside), the first thing I noticed was the red convenience store.

After a short comparison with the video recordings of Tristan at the station, it should have been taken from exactly this convenience store.

The wall phones should have been installed in the area next to this kiosk in 1998. Today they are located on the opposite side, next to the travel centre.



I then went through the building towards Adelonstraße, where I turned left at the end.
 



Station Hoechst /exit in the direction of Adelonstraße| © SunnyBeatz



If you follow the route to the northern entrance of the Liederbach tunnel, you will first pass a building of the GRC on the right side of the sidewalk and a little further on a playground, which is located directly at the Liederbach tunnel.

 




The path towards the north entrance / Unterliederbachtunnel| © SunnyBeatz
 


North entrance Unterliederbach tunnel / surroundings | © SunnyBeatz



I first looked at the immediate vicinity of the north entrance, where I noticed that there are relatively many places in the vicinity where (possibly) children are staying. On both sides of the tunnel, there is a children's playground less than two minutes' walk away, and the young people mentioned above also seemed to use these places.



After arriving at the north entrance of the tunnel, I noticed - as on the opposite side - that the gate was open.

Nobody seems to be bothered by the fact, as a passer-by later told me that this had probably been the case for quite a while.



"In the past, they used to close it again and again, although today it is sometimes open for weeks. I don't know when they do that either. I often walk by here with the dog. In the morning, at noon and in the evening I go for a walk, and if it was still open in the evening, it was suddenly closed in the morning with my first round. Do they do it overnight? Must be..."

 



Northern entrance Unterliederbachtunnel - Standing on the bridge | © SunnyBeatz

 



North entrance Unterliederbach tunnel - standing in the river bed | © SunnyBeatz
 

 



Unterliederbachtunnel - Standing behind the grid |  © SunnyBeatz

 

This is where my crime scene inspection ends.

I took some more pictures of the surroundings, talked to a few passers-by on my way back and then drove home - packed with impressions and emotions.



In the following article, I will report about these impressions and my findings.

 

 

 
 
 
 
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