Case 197

The Austrian Ripper

*** Content Warning: sexual assault, suicide ***

In 1974, a young woman named Margaret Schafer was strangled to death in her hometown of Ewersbach, Germany. A young man named Jack Unterweger was found guilty of the murder and sentenced to life imprisonment.

In the proceeding years, eleven victims were strangled to death in similar circumstances in Los Angeles, Prague and the Austrian towns of Vienna and Graz. Investigators were flummoxed. How could the crimes be connected when they spanned three different countries?



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