First picture of lesbian killer at centre of German crossbow massacre – as it’s revealed one ‘victim’ was a ‘slave-master’ who ran bizarre shop decked out with a bloodstained mannequin, Knights Templar flag and medieval weapons
- Five found dead in two locations in Germany, three with crossbow wounds
- Torsten Weiss, 53, has emerged as the main link between female victims
- Weiss was found dead from crossbow wounds alongside Kerstin Enders, 33, and Farina Caspari, 30, in an apparent murder-suicide
- Two more women – Farina’s partner Gertrud C, 35, and 19-year-old Carina U – were found dead a day later, though it is not clear how they died
- Acquaintance said Weiss was ‘master’ of women and treated them ‘like slaves’
- He owned a medieval shop with a blood-spattered mannequin on the counter
Farina Caspari, 30, has emerged as the trigger-woman behind at least three of the five deaths in Germany’s ‘crossbow killings’
A woman at the centre of Germany’s mysterious crossbow killings, five deaths which have baffled police and enthralled the nation, was a baking assistant in a civil partnership with another of the ‘victims’ , it can be revealed today.
A macabre picture is emerging of the lives of those who died, at two locations, in what police believe is a grand murder-suicide between people who shared a passion for the Middle Ages, alchemy and weaponry.
It revolves around Farina Caspari, 30, who was the last one alive before she turned a crossbow on herself and shot a bolt through her neck, and Torsten Weiss, 53, who has been described as a domineering figure who treated women ‘like slaves’ and ran a medieval-themed shop filled with weapons, Knights Templar flags and a blood-spattered mannequin on the counter.
The others to die had been isolated from their families and appear to have fallen under the spell of Weiss, who was found dead from a crossbow bolt to the heart in a small guesthouse in Passau, southern Germany on Sunday.
He was holding hands with Kerstin Enders, 33, who had also been shot in the heart with a bolt. Farina’s body was alongside them.
Two more victims – Farina’s teacher girlfriend named only as Gertrud C, 35, – and Carina U, 19, were found 400 miles away a day later at Farina’s apartment in Wittingen, further north.
The case has, as yet, stumped police, with Passau prosecutor Walter Feiler admitting: ‘We have five dead, that much is clear. Everything else is in doubt.’
At the time of his death, Weiss was living with Kerstin in the village of Westerwald where the pair ran a medieval-themed shop which was filled with weapons, Knights Templar flags and had a blood-spattered mannequin on the counter.
Caspari is thought to have killed Kerstin Enders (left) and Torsten Weiss (right) with a crossbow bolt to the heart each before turning the weapon on herself in an elaborate murder-suicide
The interior of Weiss’s shop, in Westerwald
A mannequin kept on the counter at Weiss’s shop
Before that, Weiss had lived in a rented farmhouse which he shared with Farina, Gertrud and Carina in Lower Saxony.
Alexander Krüger, 44, the man who rented the farmhouse to Weiss, described him as a ‘master’ who ordered the women about.
Speaking to Bild Kruger said that Weiss initially claimed to be a psychologist wanting to rent the farmhouse with his girlfriend, who he described as a business lawyer.
But after signing the lease the girlfriend never came back, Kruger said, and was instead replaced by a lesbian couple who where joined later by a much younger girl – believed to be Farina, Gertrud and Carina.
Kruger said: ‘His tone with them was strange. They were almost submissive, I had the impression that they are hardly allowed to talk to me.
‘His tone was so harsh. Strikingly harsh. Not the way you talk to anyone. It was in short imperative sentences.
‘Their reaction, the body language was submissive, holding their heads down. If I did not know better, I’d say they were really scared of him.
‘He was the great master. He gave orders.’
Kruger added that all three women dressed in heavy black clothing, while one of them had a shaved head.
Weiss is reported to have met Farina, a bakery saleswoman, and Gertrud, a primary school teacher, at a martial arts class some time before 2017.
Around the same time the women met him, they severed contact with their families.
Weiss is said to have met Carina while she was still a minor after she had run away from her family and was living in state care.
After turning 18 she left care and moved in with Weiss. Carina’s mother said that after meeting him ‘suddenly there were only Torsten in her life.’
Little is known about Kerstin or how she met Weiss. Documents show they were living together at the time they died and had written up wills.
Weiss was the legal owner of his medieval-themed shop until May 2018, but worked there until his death. It is not clear who owned it after he relinquished control.
Undertakers carry a body bag from the house in Wittingen on Monday as police investigate the deaths of two other women possibly connected to the deaths of the trio in Passau
The guesthouse in Passau, Bavaria where the three were discovered on Saturday
German police have been left baffled by the macabre case since a trio of corpses was found Saturday in a hotel in the Bavarian town of Passau, followed by Monday’s discovery of two dead women across the country in the town of Wittingen.
Police investigating the initial triple death mystery said the two women were dressed in all black, one lying on a bed with the older bearded man who was covered in medieval alchemy tattoos.
Two of them, named by police only as Torsten Weiss, 53, and Kerstin Enders, 33, were found with bolts through their hearts lying hand-in-hand beside wills on a bed.
The third person Farina Caspari, 30, is believed to have shot the other two medieval combat enthusiasts before firing an arrow into her own neck in the Bavarian retreat.
Several hundred miles north at Caspari’s apartment in Wittingen, her 35-year-old partner – a teacher – was found dead with a 19-year-old woman on Monday, PNP reported.
Bild reported that the trio of victims in Bavaria had shared a fascination with the Middle Ages, including knights’ tournaments, jousting, medieval weaponry and alchemy.
Weiss had for the past five months owned a shop called ‘Milites Conductius’ that sold medieval-style swords, axes, knives, flags and clothing as well as mead, Bild said.
On display at his shop in Rhineland-Palatinate state was a bizarre female mannequin wearing suspenders, tied with ropes and chains, smeared with red paint and its head bandaged.
Bild said his shop also provided a space for sword-fighting lessons in the evenings. And tattooed on his arms were symbols of the medieval alchemists or natural philosophers, it said.
Swords and daggers on display at Torsten Weiss’s Milites Conductius shop in Hachenburg in the Rhineland-Palatinate state
The local prosecutor’s office said it was treating the case as a ‘requested killing and suicide’, suggesting Caspari first shot the couple and then herself.
Contrary to prior reports, police said on Tuesday no crossbows or arrows were found at the Wittingen crime scene, inside a timber-framed house, where Caspari’s partner and the 19-year-old were found.
Undertakers carry a body bag from the house in Wittengen
‘The modus operandi cannot be compared,’ said a police spokesperson.
A police spokesman told Focus the women had died ‘a few days ago.’
One neighbour in Wittingen told Merkur – like the women 400 miles south – the pair were, ‘Always dressed in black. So gothic-wise.’
The three killed by crossbow had checked into the riverside hotel Zur Triftsperre, close to the Austrian border, on a rainy Friday night.
They were on their way back from Austria, according to Bild, where at least one of the crossbows had been bought.
Caspari reportedly paid the £260 (300 euros) in advance for three nights without breakfast before they all disappeared into their room.
The three were carrying no luggage and returned to the carpark only later to collect the crossbow bags.
Three crossbows were found by police in the room, one still packed in its bag.
Weiss’s former landlord Alexander Kruger told RTL he always saw the older man with a ‘lesbian couple,’ adding: ‘They all wore black, had their eyebrows painted black.’
Police said three crossbows were found in the room where three bodies were discovered with bolts sticking out of them on Saturday
The guesthouse which stands near the Ilz river surrounded by trees in Passau, Bavaria, where two women and a man were found dead on Saturday
Kruger told the broadcaster he had noticed Weiss’s ‘harsh’ treatment of the women and had been prompted to call the police on one occasion.
But when he spoke with the police he explained to RTL: ‘The police gave me to understand that this person does not exist under the name.’
Kruger said he began noticing a man sneaking around his property and when confronted, he explained he was a private detective hired by the parents of one of the women with Weiss to locate her.
Undertakers load a coffin onto the back of an SUV in Wittingen on Monday
A police car stands in front of a building where the bodies of two women have been found at an apartment, in Wittlingen on Monday
The trio were discovered lying with fatal crossbow bolt wounds at the ‘pension’ room in Passau, Bavaria
Caspari was a bakery sales manager with a ‘passion for the Middle Ages community, the hustle and bustle of medieval markets with jugglers and knight tournaments,’ reported Merkur.
The trio were members of the International Jousting League, which re-enacts the medieval sport, according to Merkur.
German law tightly restricts firearms but archery equipment is freely available as sports equipment and anyone over 18 can purchase a high-powered crossbow.
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