A family man killed his wife and three children before committing suicide because he feared imprisonment after forging an anti-covid health passport, the German judiciary said Tuesday.
A man killed his wife and three children and committed suicide after forging a covid passport
Investigators found a farewell letter in the family home, according to a spokesman for the Cottbus public prosecutor’s office, which is in charge of the case.
The five lifeless bodies were found last Saturday in a town south of Berlin, Königs Wusterhausen, and since then the reason for the drama was not known.
In his farewell letter, the 40-year-old father says he had a fake vaccination certificate made for his wife.
“But the woman’s employer found out and wanted to investigate,” spokesman Gernot Bantleon has told the AFP agency. “The father was hoping he and his wife would be arrested and the children taken away from them,” he added.
Investigators assume that the father, 40, killed his three children, aged four, eight and ten, and his wife, also 40, before killing himself. Neighbors had alerted emergency services after seeing lifeless bodies in the house. The autopsy of the bodies is still underway, but investigators have so far found no fatal gunshot wounds, according to the Prosecutor’s Office.
German authorities have repeatedly expressed concern about the proliferation and trafficking of fake Covid-19 vaccination certificates, especially with the new wave of the pandemic.