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Unsolved Mysteries: The Hinterkaifeck Murders

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Hinterkaifeck is a small farmstead. In the evening of March 31st 1922 there was a horrible murder taken place. The six residents of the farm were killed with a mattock. The six residents were 63 year old farmer Andreas Gruber, his 72 year old wife Cäzilia, their 35 year old widowed daughter Viktoria Gabriel, Viktoria’s children: 7 year old Cäzilia, and 2 year old Josef and their 44 year old maid Maria Baumgartner.

On April 1, 1922 the young child Cäzilia did not attend school and the family did not go to church the neighbors were getting suspicious. The neighbor Lorenz Schlittenbauer led a search party and what they found was very unpleasing. In the barn they found 4 battered bodies with hay, in the house they found the bodies of Joseph and maid Baumgartner. It was the first day on the job for Baumgartner, the maid before her had quit saying the farm and house were haunted.

 

Its been 100 years since the murders and dozens of people have been arrested since then but none charged guilty. After the autopsy that was performed by Dr.Johann Baptist found that young Cäzilia was likely to be alive for several hours after the attack and was in shock, During this time when she was in shock she pulled all her hair out in clumps.

 

Police suspected of traveling men but after amounts of money were found in the barn they tossed that theory out. Also other than the bed sheets that were put on the maid and the mothers dress that was laid on top of little Joseph everything else was untouched. After the murders the killer remained in the house feeding the animals and himself. After questioning the past maid she said she would feel watched and heard noises coming from the attic.

 

The police know that the person who committed the murder knew their way around the farm and house and was not a relative of them. But with all this information this case remains unsolved.

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