Friday, 28. November 2014
19. 10. 12. - 14:00
Austrian police are considering whether to dig up a third body after a complaint by the family over the death of a relative who was cared for by the Polish woman suspected of poisoning two men in her care.
Arson has already been found in the bodies of two men who died after they were being cared for by Bogumila W. after she had persuaded them to rewrite their wills in her favour.
The accused woman who strongly denies the charges is currently in investigative custody.
The third case which is now being looked at involves a family from Maria Enzersdorf who said that they are grandmother died in 2007 after being looked after by the same woman.
Her son said that she had been taken ill in 2006 and they had arranged for the Polish woman to take over the care of their relative whose condition had quickly worsened.
Her nephew said that with hindsight the symptoms could have been down to poisoning and they have been beside her in her bed when she died a very painful and agonising death.
Prosecutors in Krems confirmed they had also questioned an 81-year-old who she was looking after shortly before the arrest and who has now emerged had also agreed to sign over part of his property to the son of the woman.
The elderly man is reportedly extremely ill and prosecutors took his testimony because of the risk that he may not recover.
Timo Gerersdorfer defending the Polish woman said that the allegations she had stolen from the ill man had no basis, and simply concerned a stamp collection that the man had given to his client.
Earlier a court rejected a bid for bail from the former cleaning lady accused of poisoning her employers shortly after they agreed to leave her all their possessions.
Justifying the decision to keep her in custody the court said that there was a risk she might repeat her alleged crime, and also that she could try to go on the run.
One of the men was found to have arsenic in his body which was 50 times over the normal limits that one might expect. The second man was then also found to have died as a result of poisoning from a plant-based chemical. Initially police had failed to find traces of the poison in the man's body reportedly because he had had a blood transfusion near the end of his life. But arson was then found in a fingernail sample.
The woman was unable to explain how the substance had ended up in the men's body but denied that she had poisoned them. She was remanded in custody while the investigation was ongoing.
The case is reminiscent to that of Austrian serial killer Elfriede Blauensteiner - dubbed the Black Widow, who murdered at least three victims by poison and then inherited their wealth which she then spent on gambling.
The prosecution case is now likely to be finalised allowing charges to take place at the end of October.
Krems prosecution spokesman Franz Hütter said: "It was necessary to prove that she was mentally aware of everything that was going on but it was really just a formality – we never had any doubt that the prosecution case could go ahead."
The woman's son is also facing charges over allegations that he helped her to fraudulently obtain her alleged victims' properties. Hutterer confirmed the investigation against him was also continuing.
The two men died in October 2010 and February 2011 in hospitals in Vienna and Krems.
The woman who was arrested at the end of March is accused of their murder in order to inherit their property - the bodies were exhumed in April. The woman was named only as Bogumila W., 51, because of data protection laws that prevent police from revealing her full name.
Panda Dies Of Horrific Injuries After Savage Attack
A three-year-old wild Giant Panda left badly wounded in the Tangjiahe National Nature Reserve in China after an attack by yellow-throated martens has died of its wounds.
Food Jewellery Craze In Japan
The designers call it modern art, and claim it is designed for the woman who wants a guarantee she will stand out at the next dinner party.
Darth Vader Taken Out By Street Sign
Darth Vader and a pair of Imperial Stormtroopers felt the force of a blow from a road sign after not paying attention while hitting the campaign trail.
How An Austrian Park Every Year Becomes A Lake
Spectacular images that show how a park becomes a lake each spring complete with underwater trees have been captured by two divers.
Mad About Mammoths At Vienna Museum
A unique exhibition in the Austrian capital Vienna has proved a massive hit after bringing together for the first time some of the most famous frozen woolly mammoth remains.
Controversy Over Advert For Fucking Hell Beer
An Austrian political party has defended a decision to promote a local beer named after the village of Fucking.
Luigi Restaurant Cooks Up Delicious Delights For Winter Season
Brothers Luigi and Leo Doci who own the renowned Luigi restaurant chain will be cooking up a storm in Semmering this winter.
Church Porn Star In Court
A Polish-born woman who made a video of herself masturbating in church is facing six months in jail after a viewer called police when he recognised the woman.
Hugh Grant Cuddles Lamb On Animal Farm With Mrs Glock
Hugh Grant led a star-studded turnout at Austria's animal farm project which unveiled its Christmas market this week.
Cheating Wife Buries Hubby Alive For New Lover
A woman who married her sisterís fiance and then attacked him with a knife before burying him alive so she could be with her new lover is facing life in jail.
The most popular stories –
last 7 days
|How An Austrian Park Every Year Becomes A Lake|
|Chicken Farmer Jailed For Hacking Off Lovers Head And Fingers|
|Aysha King Prague Proton Centre Doubles Prices|
|Outrage Over Slapping Of Baby Panda|
|Stag Do Brit Had Taken Cocaine Admit Family|
Why suffer in silence. Let off steam by letting our readers share your troubles. File your complaints about anything and everything here.
Our ombudsman David Rogers will try and help solve some of the problems from lazy civil servants through to incompetent companies – and at the very least the worst transgressors will end up in our weekly special report.