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20060808: German Police Step Up Hunt for "Döner Kebab Killer" Kassel Serial Killer News
He's murdered nine men since 2000, eight Turks and one Greek, with shots to the head, execution-style, in broad daylight. Police probing the country's most mysterious killing spree in recent memory have now come up with a profile of the attacker: a loner who likes guns and hates Turkish people. And he doesn't look like Hannibal Lecter. The killing started in the southern city of Nuremberg in September 2000 when Enver S., 38, was gunned down in his flower delivery van with eight shots fired at point blank range. The most recent murder happened on April 6 this year in the central city of Kassel where Halit Y., 21, was shot twice in the head in the Internet café he managed. Three people were in the café making phone calls at the time, but only reported hearing muffled bangs. The killer in every case used a Czech-made 7.65 mm Ceska 83 pistol with a silencer -- making the weapon almost half a meter long -- and always fired through a bag. In some cases an additional gun was used, which may indicate he had an accomplice, police said. But police are scratching their heads because they have found no connection between the victims, who seem to have been selected at random by a man driven by blind hatred of Turks. He's been dubbed "Döner Kebab Killer" in the German press. Two of the victims worked in döner kebab shops, one was a tailor, one had a vegetable stall, another ran a kiosk. The Greek victim, a key cutter, may have died because he looked Turkish, police said. A reward of €300,000 has been offered for information leading to his capture. The killer has struck in different parts of the country, from Rostock on the north coast to Munich in the south. But the fact that three of his victims were killed in Nuremberg suggests that he either lives or works in that city, police said. Police have dropped their hypothesis that he is a professional hitman and that drugs or money were involved. They have come up with a psychological profile suggesting he was motivated simply by hatred of Turkish people. "Maybe he had an argument with a Turk, or a negative experience during a vacation in Turkey. Or a Turk took his wife away from him, or his job," Alexander Horn, head of the Operational Case Analysis department of the Munich police, told reporters. "We're not looking for a lunatic. One shouldn't picture the perpetrator as Hannibal Lecter from 'Silence of the Lambs.' Once such perpetrators have been caught one usually says: that nice neighbor, I would never have imagined him doing something like that." Police say he probably lives or works in Nuremberg but has a job that takes him around the country. He could be a travelling salesman, a truck driver, a courier, or a removal man. He is experienced with guns and may belong to a gun club. Police can't explain why he took a two-and-a-half year break between killing his fourth and fifth victims, from August 2001 until February 2004. "We don't have any hot leads," said Wolfgang Geier, head of the Nuremberg police's "Bosporus" task force investigating the killings -- not a reassuring statement for the thousands of businessmen of Turkish descent working in Germany.
 

20060426: German officials want to raise serial killer reward Munich Serial Killer News

Officials are hoping to post a huge, 300,000-euro (375,000 dollar) reward to catch a cold-blooded assassin who has murdered nine small businessmen in Germany in a case with many hallmarks of a protection racket, a spokesman said Wednesday.

"The police have met a wall of silence during inquiries," said Rainer Riedl, a spokesman for Bavarian Interior Minister Guenther Beckstein. The one Greek and eight Turkish entrepreneurs were shot at close range on their own premises, always with the same pistol.

Riedl said Beckstein would approach interior ministers from other German states to argue that jointly raising the existing reward 10- fold might encourage associates or even potential future victims to come forward.

With witnesses and friends of the victims unwilling to talk, it was plausible to suppose that organized crime was behind the killings, Riedl said. He appealed to accomplices to come forward, saying tips would be treated in confidence.

In the past four weeks, a 21-year-old operator of an internet cafe and the owner of a newsstand were the latest to be gunned down. Ballistics tests showed that each was killed with the same Czech-made Ceska Type 83 pistol.

 

20060418: Germany seeks Turk-hating serial killer Berlin Serial Killer News

German police have teamed up with Turkish investigators to capture a man dubbed the "Kebab Serial Killer," who has gunned down nine men since 2000.

"There has never been a series of murders like this in Germany," said Wolfgang Geier, the police superintendent leading the search. "The killer goes into a place, shoots and disappears without leaving a single trace -- only the bullets."

The most recent killing was April 6, when a 21-year-old Turkish man was shot at his Internet cafe in Kassel, The Times of London reported.

All nine killings were committed with a Czech-made CZ-83 pistol with a silencer in various German cities and all of the victims were shot multiple times in the head.

"We are clearly dealing with a cold-blooded criminal who carries out Mafia-style executions," Peter Boie, the state prosecutor in Munich, told the newspaper.

One of Germany's leading experts on serial murders, Dusseldorf police officer Stephan Harbort, told The Times the use of the same weapon suggests the killer is sending a message to the Turkish community, and that he is not acting randomly.

"He wants to say, 'You are not safe,'" Harbort said.

 

20060418: Germany seeks Turk-hating serial killer Kassel Serial Killer News

German police have teamed up with Turkish investigators to capture a man dubbed the Kebab Serial Killer, who has gunned down nine men since 2000.

There has never been a series of murders like this in Germany, said Wolfgang Geier, the police superintendent leading the search. The killer goes into a place, shoots and disappears without leaving a single trace -- only the bullets.

The most recent killing was April 6, when a 21-year-old Turkish man was shot at his Internet cafe in Kassel, The Times of London reported.

All nine killings were committed with a Czech-made CZ-83 pistol with a silencer in various German cities and all of the victims were shot multiple times in the head.

We are clearly dealing with a cold-blooded criminal who carries out Mafia-style executions, Peter Boie, the state prosecutor in Munich, told the newspaper.

One of Germany's leading experts on serial murders, Dusseldorf police officer Stephan Harbort, told The Times the use of the same weapon suggests the killer is sending a message to the Turkish community, and that he is not acting randomly.

He wants to say, 'You are not safe,' Harbort said. 

 

20060410: German anti-foreigner serial killer strikes again Kassel Serial Killer News
The Turkish owner of an internet cafe has become the ninth victim of a serial killer targeting foreigners living in Germany, police and prosecutors said Monday.

The 21-year-old victim was found dead last Thursday with gunshot wounds to the head, two days after another Turk aged 39 was shot and killed in his kiosk in the city of Dortmund.

All the victims were shot with a Czech-made 7.65mm Ceska 83 pistol in what prosecutors called execution-style killings. Eight of those killed were Turks, one a Greek.

Police are baffled by the murders, which began in September 2000 and have targeted the owners of small businesses in six cities, including Hamburg in the north and Munich in the south.

Nothing was stolen and the victims appeared to have offered no resistance.

The victims appear to have been chosen at random, prosecutor Heiko Artkaemper said after the murder of the kiosk owner last week. The only thing they had in common was that they were foreign and operated small businesses like fast-food outlets.

Police said there was nothing to suggest a political motive, blackmail or drugs involvement.

Authorities have offered a reward of 30,000 euros (36,000 dollars) for information leading to the arrest of the gunman.

 

 

20060407: Anti-foreigner serial killer claims eighth victim in Germany Dortmund Serial Killer News

A serial killer targeting foreigners running small businesses claimed his eighth victim this week, leaving police baffled as to a motive.

A 39-year-old Turk found dead in his kiosk in Dortmund on Tuesday had been shot with the same gun used in the seven previous killings since September 2000, prosecutors said Friday.

All the victims except one were Turks. "In each case the killer visited his victims in their premises and shot them in the head several times," prosecutor Heiko Artkaemper said.

Nothing was stolen and the victims appeared to have offered no resistance. "The killings bear the hallmark of an execution," Artkaemper said.

Police have been unable to establish a motive for the crimes, which took place in five cities across the country, including Hamburg in the north and Munich in the south.

The victims appear to have been chosen at random, Artkaemper said. The only thing they had in common was that they were foreign and operated small businesses like fast-food outlets.

Police said there was nothing to suggest a political motive, blackmail or drugs involvement.

Authorities have offered a reward of 30,000 euros (36,000 dollars) for information leading to the arrest of the gunman.

 


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