Head dropped off at gas station - daughters were present during the murder – the murderer attempted to flee after his arrest - Investigators: No visible reason for murder
Hamburg - In Hamburg, a 40-year-old man beheaded his wife (39) . Afterwards, he ran, his wife’s head in his hand, to a nearby gas station and turned himself in to police. At the time of the brutal murder, both daughters (6 and 13) were in the apartment of the married couple.
Drops of blood led from a gas station in Hamburg’s district Harburg to an apartment complex 100 metres away. The drops of blood ended in front of an apartment on the 2nd floor. This is where the crime took place Sunday night. Fatma S. was killed by multiple stabs, prior to her head being cut off by her husband with a kitchen knife. Then, the man took the head and walked to the nearby gas station. “The employee had just been outside at the gas pumps”, says a police officer.” He knew Atilla. At first, he did not notice what the man was carrying. “As soon as he realized the situation, he ran to the office and called the police. Atilla dropped the head off in the snow and waited for the police to arrest him.
In his apartment, police officers not only discovered the woman’s torso. In the children’s room, they found both daughters of the couple. “We do not know what the girls might have noticed”, says a female police officer. The girls, unharmed, were found in their beds.
Investigators now try to figure out the motive for this unbelievable homicide. The situation escalated without any reason, according to homicide detectives. Atilla S., who had been living in this apartment for 10 years together with his wife, has not been registered for any criminal offense.
Police operations due to domestic violence between Atilla S. and his wife have not been reported either. Relatives claim that Atilla S. was a drug addict. He tried to get rid of his addiction by taking medication. At the same time, he lost his job as a welder in the Hamburg docks. Atilla S. had also been treated for Schizophrenia.
“We were not very close to him and his family”, says a relative. “ He is very conservative and attended the mosque on a regular basis. The rest of the family has a very Western lifestyle.”
This created a gap between husband and wife. On Sunday, Attila surprisingly met with his brother and spend almost the whole day with him. He seemed confused at first, but later showed normal behaviour. According to his brother, there had not been any evidence of a critical situation.
Atilla S. was arrested and taken to a police precinct. He later tried to escape. He injured three police officers during a scuffle.
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Two days later, a newspaper article reported that Attila S. had been put in psychiatric ward.
This case was not mentioned again in the media. If the murderer had been German, there would have most likely been a series of reports on TV as well as interviews with neighbors. In this case, there was only a dead silence.