100-year-old German grandmother is beheaded by axe-wielding grandson who was ‘the black sheep of the family’
- Artur B., 37, is the prime suspect for the murder of his grandmother Amalie G.
- The murder investigators have not yet determined a motive for the crime
A 100-year-old grandmother has been beheaded by her own grandson who used an axe to carry out the gruesome killing, police have revealed.
Retired farm worker Amalie G. was found dead in her apartment in the city of Hamburg after the attack by her 37-year-old grandson Artur B., investigators say.
Cops are yet to determine a motive for the horrifying murder but a relative told German newspaper BILD that chemical worker Artur was considered ‘the black sheep of the family’. Another source said the pair had rowed about money in the past.
‘But most of the time he was unemployed and he constantly lacked the money. Family members kept their distance from him,’ the relative added.
Artur is said to have called police to say he had beheaded his grandmother and when cops arrived at the bloody crime scene they discovered an axe. He is now in custody.
Retired farm worker Amalie G. (right) was found dead in her apartment in the city of Hamburg after the attack by her 37-year-old grandson Artur B. (left), investigators say
Artur is said to have called police to say he had beheaded grandmother and when cops arrived at the bloody crime scene they discovered an axe. He is now in custody. Pictured: A body bag is removed from the scene
Chief Public Prosecutor Liddy Oechtering told BILD: ‘According to the preliminary autopsy result, it can be assumed that a cervical cord severing caused by sharp and blunt force was the cause of death. The suspected crime is an axe found at the crime scene.’
During a reconstruction in the autopsy, coroners found that one of the blows with the axe was carried out from behind the cervical cord, an area of the spinal cord.
A judge issued an arrest warrant against Artur B. for manslaughter late on Tuesday afternoon.
Chief Public Prosecutor Oechtering said: ‘The accused did not give any information to the magistrate.’
The murder investigators have not yet determined a motive for the crime.
A neighbour of the murdered centenarian told Bild: ‘We actually had good contact before her death. Amalie told me that her grandson had already broken into the apartment through the balcony and wanted to steal her money.’
According to information obtained by BILD, he also knew that his grandmother had saved up a small fortune.
Neighbours told the newspaper that arguments between the two were sometimes loud enough to be overheard.
The neighbour said: ‘The grandson regularly came to his grandmother’s apartment and looked after her. But there were arguments anyway.’
Relatives of Artur B. and Amalie G. said it is possible that a dispute over money escalated the situation on the night of the killing.
When asked by BILD, the public prosecutor said that Artur B. had no criminal record.
According to information available to the Hamburger Abendblatt daily newspaper, the man was only known to the police for minor crimes and none of these were acts of violence.