Monday, May 05, 2008

German Speakers are Sick, Sick People

It's always dangerous (and fun!) to make hasty generalizations about groups of people but I can only conclude that German speakers are just plain sick.

First, we had the dungeon master in Austria who kept his daughter and their children in his basement. This came on the heels of another Austrian sicko who kept a girl in his dungeon for 8 years. Is adding a dungeon a common thing there or something?
AUSTRIA, that lovely little Alpine republic on the banks of the Danube, has a new and deeply lamentable claim to international notoriety: As of this past weekend, we officially lead the free world in the abduction and confinement of young girls in soundproof, subterranean apartments.

Now there is the case of a German woman who kept three infants in her freezer. They were found after her adult children went to find a frozen pizza. Not to make light of this but I'm picturing something like a really twisted Sunny D commercial.
"Hmm, pizza, popsicles, frozen stuff...AHH, fetuses!"

I mean, can you imagine finding that? And then they had to wait until their parents came home from their weekend trip before confronting them. "So, uhh, I was cleaning out the freezer and well, what the hell are all those babies doing in the freezer? We probably ought to go talk to the police about this."

So, as sick as that is I get to the end of the article and find out this is apparently a pretty common practice there.
It was the latest in a string of similar cases in Germany.

In the worst case, a woman was convicted of manslaughter in 2006 and sentenced to the maximum 15 years in prison for killing eight of her newborn babies and burying them in flower pots and a fish tank in the garden of her parents' home near the German-Polish border.

More recently, police in February were called to a home in northern Germany where a dead infant was discovered in the cellar.

In January, a 28-year-old German woman was charged with manslaughter after the remains of three babies were discovered in her house and the home of a relative. That woman has denied killing the babies.

Yikes. What the hell is going on over there?


Blogger erin said...

thanks for making me vomit at work, ben.

1:35 PM  
Blogger Ben said...

Yeah, I think this tops the picture of the herpes sore I put up once as the most revolting thing ever seen on this blog.

Maybe since you vomited you can go home early now?

1:50 PM  
Blogger Shawn said...

I really thought for the entire post you meant that all these abductors were German and had professional careers as Speakers at different types of conferences and such. That is a much tighter demographic than the whole of Germany and Austria (maybe a little of Belgium too?)

Thank goodness frozen pizza and fetuses transcend both profession and language barriers....

3:59 PM  

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