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Horst David
Horst David
Born
Horst David

(1938-11-22)22 November 1938
Conviction(s)Murder
Criminal penaltyLife imprisonment
Details
Victims3-7+
Span of crimes
1975–1993
CountryGermany
State(s)Bavaria
Date apprehended
August 1995
Horst David (born 22 November 1938 in Breslau) is a German serial killer.
Contents
1 Life
2 Crime story
3 Literature
4 Film
5 External links
6 References
Life
After completing a painter's apprenticeship as a hired painter, David moved to the Hainsacker district near Regensburg. In 1963, he married and fathered two sons with his wife.
He stayed away from his home for days at a time, instead spending time in Munich and Hamburg (most likely in other cities too), where he would spend much money on women. Because of this, his family had financial difficulties. On 22 August 1975, during one of these trips to Munich, he murdered Waltraud Frank and, two days later, Fatima Grossart. The two prostitutes were strangled and their homes searched. Later, David stated that he quarreled with both victims because they had demanded more money than what was agreed to.
After being fired from his job and divorcing his wife, he moved to Regensburg in 1984 and lived on welfare.
Eighteen years after the Munich murders, on 7 September 1993, David's neighbour, Mathilde Steindl, was strangled in her apartment. The police, who included David as the main suspect in the preliminary investigation, arrested him after his fingerprints were found in the deceased's apartment. There was no conviction, however, because David was apparently temporarily residing in a neighbour's apartment.
His fingerprints were routinely sent to the Bavarian State Office of Criminal Investigation by the authorities. In 1994, the then-new Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) made a match with the fingerprints on Fatima Grossart's body.
In the following police investigations, David initially denied being in Munich in August 1975 and visiting any prostitutes. When he was confronted with evidence, he admitted to the murders of the two prostitutes, in addition to several others. As well as his neighbour, he also confessed to the following:
Barbara Ernst, 59, on 12 April 1981
Martha Lorenz, 67, on 26 January 1983
Maria Bergmann, 70, on 27 October 1984
Kunigunda Thoss, 84, on 22 January 1992
The three victims from 1981 to 1984 wanted to hire him as an assistant for the renovation of their homes, but refused to lend him money or pay for the services. Thoss let him borrow 20,000 Deutsche Marks over time. The three murders weren't initially recognised as murders until the confession of Horst David, who arranged them to look like household accidents.
David confessed to seven murders. According to the then investigator Josef Wilfling, financial gain also played role in the murders. It is believed that David has committed more murders. Among other things, his unusually high age at the time of his first proven murder, and his day long jogs also contribute to this. Josef Wilfling said that the brief period between the first two murders, the circumstances, and his behaviour would suggest that David already had experience in that area.
David was sentenced to life imprisonment by the Regional Court of Munich in December 1995. To this day he resides in Straubling Prison.
Crime story
The investigation of Fatima Grossart's murder is regarded as a milestone in German crime history, as it was here for the first time that a 20-year-old crime was resolved with the help of the computer-assisted tracking system of AFIS.
Literature
Film
Der Mann, dem die Frauen vertrauten – Der Serienmörder Horst David. Regie: Walter Harrich (ARD, 2008), with Ulrich Tukur and others (documentary with scenes and interviews)
External links
Gisela Friedrichsen (1995), "Eher Sache der Philosophie?", Der Spiegel, 9 April (52), pp. 62–63
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