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No Second Kidnapper

Wolfgang Priklopil, the man who abducted Natascha Kampusch and imprisoned her for eight years, “almost certainly” acted alone, as Jörg Ziercke, president of the German criminal police BKA stated when presenting a special investigator’s report. A woman claimed to have seen a second person pull Kampusch into Priklopil’s van, but was found to be “objectively […]

Daring Dates: Quizzes, Crime, Camelot and More

Daring Dates: Quizzes, Crime, Camelot and More

We’ve all been there: It’s date night, and your usual smoke-filled bar full of rowdy regulars doesn’t scream romance. Neither does the restaurant around the corner, a place you’ve been so often the server doesn’t even ask for your order; he just nods and brings you “the usual”. But it doesn’t have to be this predictable. You can break free of the […]

A Mother Fights for Custody

A Mother Fights for Custody

In September, 41-year-old Dane Thomas Nørgaard Sørensen received a one-year suspended prison sentence for abducting his five-year-old son Oliver from Austria; his child with his estranged Austrian partner, Marion Weilharter. He had travelled to Austria in April, grabbed Oliver out of Weilharter’s car as she dropped him off at kindergarten, and drove him back to […]

Rising violent crime

Violent crime and cyber crime increased last year, whereas burglaries and car theft declined, the Ministry of Interior announced. In 2011, the ministry recorded an increase in murders, and in complaints about malicious injuries and rape. A steep rise in cyber crime was also noted, with 5,100 complaints in 2011, compared to 600 in 2002. […]

Abuse at former orphanage

Two cases of repeated child abuse and rape were reported to have taken place in the 1970s at a former orphanage and school for girls in Schloss Wilhelminenberg at the periphery of Vienna. While each of the victims received €35,000 in damages from the city, their defence lawyer, Johannes Öhlböck, is fighting for the “statute […]

Swift Resolution is More Important than Any Statute of Limitation

One can argue about the sense or nonsense of statutes of limitation. But the longer ago the crime, the less use a conviction is to the victim, or to society. Certainly, it is tempting to call for extended statutes. Who wants to appear to be protecting alleged child abusers? But before we join in the […]

Car bomb in Sofia

On 13 Oct., a bomb blew up the car of Sasho Dikov, a popular Bulgarian television reporter, coinciding with a visit of EC President Jose Manuel Barroso and EP President Jerzy Buzek to Sophia. While no one was hurt, the attack was seen as an attempt to embarrass the centre-right GERB government ahead of local […]

Sniper at large in Vienna

For four weeks, an unknown “sniper” has been using an air rifle to shoot at pedestrians across Vienna, triggering widespread fear and commentary in the media. Twenty-one victims have so far reported to the police, most of them sustaining only bruises, while one victim, an off-duty police officer, needed an emergency operation as the 4.5mm […]

Justice Served?

Justice Served?

Toni walks down a long hall in the Vienna courthouse (Landesgericht für Strafsachen), his regard fixed ahead of him, his gait relaxed, a slight tremble in his hand. At the end of the hall his two assailants from the night of his beating stand waiting to enter the courtroom. As he enters with a solemn […]

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