Marianne Bachmeier’s video is nothing short of a controversy as it is a combination of tragedy, cruelty, and manslaughter.
Marianne Bachmeier, also known as the ‘Revenge Mother,’ is widely known for shooting and killing her daughter’s murderer in a courtroom.
On May 5th, 1980, Anna Bachmeier did not attend school to spite her mother. When trying to visit a friend her age, Anna was abducted by Klaus Grabowski, a 35-year-old butcher.
Klaus, 35, lived next door to Bachmeier in Lübeck, West Germany. He is said to have held Anna for several hours at his home and then strangled her with a pair of tights.
Grabowski disposed of the child’s body by the canal bank, leaving the seven-year-old inside a cardboard box.
Klaus was arrested after his fiancé called the police, and he confessed to having murdered the seven-year-old Anna.
It is unclear whether or not Grabowski s*xually assaulted the child as he denied doing so, but he was a convicted s*xual offender and was accused of s*xually offending two girls.
During his detention, he was castrated in 1976 and, two years later, underwent hormone treatment.
Once arrested, Grabowski stated that he did not intend to abuse Anna s*xually. He said the girl had wanted to tell her mother that he had touched her inappropriately to obtain money from him.
He further alleged that Anna tried s*ducing and blackmailing him, so he had to kill her.
On March 6th, 1981, the third day of the trial, Marianne Bachmeier smuggled a Beretta M1934 into the courtroom of Lübeck District Court and shot the alleged killer of her daughter Klaus Grabowski, in the back.
She aimed the gun at Grabowski’s back and pulled the trigger eight times. Seven of the shots hit, and the 35-year-old murderer was killed instantly.
Marianne’s action was appreciated by many people who declared her to be a hero. But many other people openly condemned her attempt to take justice into her own hands.
Her case received extensive media coverage, and multiple journalists traveled to Lübeck to report on this case.
What were the repercussions of Marianne’s action?
On November 2nd, 1982, Marianne Bachmeier was initially charged in court with murder. Later the prosecution dropped the murder charge.
The negotiations lasted 28 days before the final verdict regarding Marianne’s case was made official.
Four months after the opening of proceedings, she was convicted on March 2nd, 1983, by the Circuit Court Chamber of the District Court Lübeck for manslaughter and sentenced for unlawful possession of a firearm to six years in prison.
After three years in prison, she received an early release as she was on the verge of committing suicide.