‘Ottawa’ More Victims Say They Were Tortured in Horror House of Hoexter
BERLIN — At least three more women have told German police they survived the Horror House of Hoexter, including one who said she was imprisoned and tortured there for three months.
Bielefeld police said in a statement Monday they have received 50 tips from the public about the case and that more victims may be out there — dead or alive. A 46-year-old man and a 47-year-old woman — known only so far as Wilfried W. and his ex-wife Angelika B. — were arrested April 21 after calling an ambulance for a woman with head injuries. She died shortly afterwards in hospital and doctors alerted authorities to the signs of abuse.
Police believe the couple met the woman after posting an online dating ad and kept her imprisoned in their home for nearly two months, torturing her to death.
Angelika B. later admitted to police they tortured and killed another 33-year-old woman in 2014. She said they stored her body in a deep freezer, occasionally cutting off pieces to burn in their fireplace.
Last week, a 51-year-old woman in the Berlin area recognized the house in the news and told police she was also held there after answering a personal ad in August 2011. She said she was locked inside the house with “no possibility of fleeing” and tortured. Then in March 2012, after one sustained beating, she was put on a train home. She said she never called police for fear the couple would track her down.
Police say they’ve discovered no indication of sexual abuse at the horror house in the town in central Germany, not far from Hanover.
Rather, the couple’s motive appeared to have been more about power and control than for sexual reasons.
Police said the couple would tear out clumps of victims’ hair and chain them to radiators for days at a time.
“It was about trivialities. For example, if a knife was placed on the right and not the left, that was enough to trigger punches, kicks,” Chief Superintendent Ralf Ostermann, the head of the homicide, told Bild.
The pair legally separated in 2013 apparently for financial reasons, but stayed together in the house.
Hoexter’s chief prosecutor Ralf Meyer told media that she, too, appeared to be a victim of Wilfried W. She told police she took part in the abuse because she was “beholden” to him, and feared the same fate if she didn’t follow his orders.
Wilfried W. has so far blamed his ex for the crimes, saying he’s innocent.