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Nazi poison used in ex-lover's murder bid

Nazi poison used in ex-lover's murder bid

Published: 10 Jul 2009 16:37 GMT+02:00
Updated: 10 Jul 2009 16:37 GMT+02:00

A 32-year-old man from northern Sweden charged with trying to kill his ex-girlfriend four times had enough Zyklon B pesticide, once used in Nazi gas chambers, to kill 42,000 people.

In addition to being charged with four counts of attempted murder, the man from Luleå has also been charged with drugging and raping his former partner.

"Zyklon B exists to extinguish life," prosecutor Ulla-Karin Lindström told the Norrländska Socialdemokraten newspaper.

On Thursday, the prosecution presented a comprehensive indictment against the man, who is accused of attempting to murder his 27-year-old former girlfriend with up to three kilogrammes of the poison Zyklon B, the notorious cyanide-based pesticide used in the Holocaust.

The case is unique, as it is the first time in Sweden that someone has been charged with attempted murder using Zyklon B.

Prosecutors allege that the man tried to murder his former partner on four separate occasions.

The first of these attempt took place on December 23rd of last year in a house they shared in a village outside Luleå.

On that occasion, the man allegedly placed a deadly dose of potassium cyanide in his former partner’s food while the two were having dinner together with their two children.

A second attempt occurred on January 3rd this year when man is alleged to have placed a flask containing a deadly dose of potassium cyanide under his ex-partner’s nose and mouth while she was sleeping.

The man's third attempt, carried out on February 3rd, involved him allegedly placing a deadly dose of Zyklon B in the woman’s car.

Several days after that, the man is alleged to have placed a deadly dose of the the cyanide-based pesticide in his former partner’s stairwell, and to have taken a quantity of the poison into the woman’s house.

Prosecutor Lindström considers that it is just a matter of chance that the woman is still alive.

The accused man has confessed to buying the Zyklon B and admits to having handled the deadly poison.

But he denies that he decided to use the poison with the purpose of murdering his former partner.

“My client has given an explanation of why he bought the poison,” the man’s lawyer, Jan Wennerbrandt, told the newspaper.

During earlier police questioning, the man stated that he was going to use the Zyklon B to kill rats.

Using the name of a close relative, he had ordered three kilogrammes of the deadly poison - which prosecutors claim is enough to kill 42,000 people - from a factory in the Czech Republic which markets the substance under the tradename 'Uragan D2'.

When the man’s relatives received a confirmation for the order, which cost €82.50 ($115), they became suspicious and contacted the police.

The couple have two young children, aged seven and four years, but have been separated for some time.

The separation has reportedly long been distressing for the man, leading him to prior acts of violence against his ex-lover.

Prosecutors also charge that back in December 2007, the man assaulted and drugged his former partner and then raped her.

The woman eventually sought help of a women’s emergency help service in April 2008 and later reported the man to police for the December 2007 rape.

The 32-year-old is facing a lengthly prison sentence should he be found guilty of all charges.

He has been remanded in custody since February.

Stuart Roberts (news@thelocal.se)

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04:43 July 11, 2009 by Muttlestar Galactica
You know what?

In my younger and somewhat more promiscuous days I could have done with a pot of Zyklon B pesticide...

Though 'Lyclear' seemed to do the job well enough. And 'Derbac'.
09:14 July 11, 2009 by Paulo +fab muscular than Jonnhy
"Several days after that, (and once again) the man is alleged to have placed a ***deadly*** dose of the the cyanide-based pesticide"

It doesn't look such a too deadly component to me.
13:41 July 11, 2009 by Will
I believe it only works if you add acid...
06:38 July 13, 2009 by lingonberrie
Placing the poison in her food at the table with the children and the best that the comments offered can do is to suggest Lyclear and Derbac or to add acid?

Are you people all sick or are only the ones who come to read the news and add sick comments?

I expect comments like these from Americans, not Swedes. The idiot was tying to kill his partner with whom he has two children, or did you miss that part?
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