Good morning, Internets. Gather ’round the flicker of the LCD with the backlight that’s about to fail, and listen to this true story from Germany, my ancestral stomping grounds.
In the early 1980s, a 14-year-old girl from France goes to stay with her stepdad in Germany for the summer. Her parents have gotten a divorce, and her mother’s new squeeze is a German cardiologist.
A short time into her stay, she is found dead in her bedroom. There are injection marks found on her arm. The stepdad says that he gave her an iron preparation “to help her with her tan”, and that she most likely had a bad reaction to it. The case is written off as a tragic accident.
A few years later, the German doctor is arrested…for assault and rape. He has raped a patient, a young teenage girl, after injecting her with sedatives. He is found guilty and receives two years in jail.
Based on this new evidence, France (the dead girl’s home country) charges the doctor in absentia with homicide in the 1990s, convicts him, and sentences him to 15 years in prison. Germany refuses to extradite, citing lack of evidence.
The father of the dead girl fights for the shifty doctor’s extradition for two decades without success. Finally–with both men now in their seventies–he decides that he has had enough of the legal wrangling. He hires a few hard-boiled Russian Mafia goons, and has them abduct the shifty rapist-doctor from his home in Germany. The Mafia guys seize him, beat the snot out of him, stuff him into the trunk of a car, and drive him across the border to the French city of Mulhouse, 200 miles away, where they unceremoniously deposit the hog-tied and bruised doctor on the steps of a French courthouse.
After almost thirty years, justice is finally served.
Now, as a supporter of due process and equality before the law, I can’t advocate that sort of vigilante justice. As a father, however, I have to say that if some creep did the same thing to my daughter, with similarly compelling evidence that the accused committed the deed…
Four words: Chechens with pipe cutters.