Passau crossbow deaths may be suicides, of a sort | News | DW

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The investigation into the deaths of three people with crossbow wounds in a Passau hotel, and two women in Wittingen, Lower Saxony, 600 kilometers (380 miles) away, progressed Tuesday.

On Saturday, a 53-year-old man, a 33-year-old woman and a 30-year-old woman were found dead in a small hotel room in Passau on the Austrian border, with crossbow bolts in their torsos. The 30-year-old found on the floor was shot in the neck, while the other two, who were lying on a bed hand-in-hand, both had wounds to their hearts.

The Passau prosecutor’s office said on Tuesday that it appeared the 30-year-old shot the other two and then herself, which suggested it could have been an extended suicide or “killing on request.” Investigators had found no evidence to suggest a fourth person had been involved, a spokesman said. 

There were no signs of a fight or defensive wounds, although more crossbow ammunition was found in the room. Three crossbows were found, one of which may have been bought in Austria. A white van found near the hotel is also part of the investigation.

The two people on the bed had written statements before they died. The content of the documents was not divulged. 

They were reported to have both been previously in the Westerwald in Rhineland-Palatinate, near where the 53-year-old man ran ‘Milites Conductius’ a shop selling medieval artefacts and weapons in Hachenburg, a town southeast of Bonn. The 30-year-old may have visited them there recently. 

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