Hochstadt murder victims remain unforgotten

Hochstadt murder victims remain unforgotten

Who doesn’t know the saying: "he’s got a few bodies in the cellar"?." For a man from hochstadt, this saying became reality in september 1985, when he tried to lower the floor level in the basement of his house on schlossberg and stumbled on human bones.

One of the first to arrive on the scene was karl-heinz feuerlein from the local heritage society. What goes through your mind when you suddenly find yourself standing in front of the remains of human life?? "You are gobsmacked when you see the crowd", feuerlein answers the question "there were already quite a few needles lying around free."

However, it quickly became clear to him that the skeletons were not of recent origin. "They were not the first. We knew that they had to be from the time of the swedish wars around 1633. The swedes were in town for two to three days. When they left, the people of hochstadt came back and buried the dead. I’m sure there are more", he adds.

Shot and killed

In the end, the remains of more than 30 people were found stacked on top of each other. Two of the shadels can be seen in the museum of local history. Christian platzer, historian and honorary director of the city archives, shows the schadel. One can clearly see that these two did not die a natural death. One schadel has a bullet wound in the middle of the forehead, a sabelhieb was the end of the other. "The rest of the bones were stored for a long time in a depot in munich", platzer explains: "on the initiative of the local association and pastor kemmer, they were brought home and buried in the heroes’ cemetery under the cross."

This immediately raises the question of further crimes in hochstadt and how criminals were dealt with at that time. For better understanding platzer points to a map from 1843. "The place where the skeletons were found used to be the steward’s house of the castle farm", he says. "At that time, the magistrate’s office was located in the district administration office, and the district court was located opposite, where the nursing home is now, until about 1972. The former district administrator franz krug was a magistrate there until the territorial reform."

There was also a prison. "The so-called "fronfeste, says platzer. "It stood where the parking lot is now. So in 1972 it was demolished. My grandmother used to call this the ‘backstaahausla’. She said, if you are not good, you will go to the backstaahausla."

And then there is the zwickturm, where the criminals "embarrassing" are said to have been interrogated, i.E. Tortured. "This theory is now outdated", says platzer. "The zwikturm was so named because it stood between the inner city ring road and the suburban ring road. No people were tortured in hochstadt. We did not have a blood ban. There were not many death sentences either, because that was much too expensive. One had to pay the executioner etc."

Platzer knows of other crimes that have occurred in hochstadt. "Monika mennel has researched a case from the year 1802," he says, he says "it was about a fight over a stolen skittles ball at the kellerberg." The bowling alley between jungbayernheim and friedrichshohe, from which the ball originated, no longer exists today. Mennel reported on it in 2017 in the club newspaper of the kellerbergverein.

Dispute over a cone ball

According to this, the son of the burgher, karl schell, strongly accused heinrich of having stolen the ball. It came to an escalating quarrel, in which martin stark and kilian muller were also involved. Finally, schell and muller were sentenced to ten strokes of the cane, martin stark to six days and heinrich stark to three days imprisonment with water and bread. "Mrs. Mannel said she had never seen such a severe corporal punishment", says platzer.

He also reports two murders from a younger time, with very young victims. In december 1973, for example, an 18-year-old was stabbed after going to a disco. "The greek place ‘olympia’ used to be the old inn ‘schwane’", platzer recounts "there was a disco on the second floor."

According to old newspaper reports, there was a quarrel between the later victim and his friends, as well as a portuguese guest worker and his compatriots. After leaving the disco, the 18-year-old was confronted by the group of portuguese right at the city gate and finally stabbed in the left half of his chest by a 34-year-old man with a cake knife with an 18 cm blade. According to the report, all those involved were under the "considerable influence of alcohol" at the time of the crime.

The perpetrator of the second case, which platzer presents, was also intoxicated. The article in the frankischer tag of 12. February 1982, it is reported that a 15-year-old from sterpersdorf was stabbed by the stepfather of his 14-year-old girlfriend. The 15-year-old, together with a friend, was visiting the 14-year-old and her 12-year-old sister against the will of their father. After the knife attack, the 38-year-old perpetrator also stole the boy down the 33 steps of the wooden staircase in the house in badstrabe. The teenager died a few days later in the university hospital in erlangen, germany.

Another crime against a very young person may still be in the memory of most people. In december 2000, a 13-year-old boy was beaten to death with an axe in marienstrabe by his 17-year-old friend. The elder rode on the 13-year-old’s pack carrier. He was sentenced to eight and a half years in prison and sent to a psychiatric clinic.

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