Lived just over the drabsoffer: 'It could have been me'

It took many months before AN able to sleep well at night again. She lived in one of the apartments above it, where her friend through many years, was murdered

Lived just over the drabsoffer: 'It could have been me'

It took many months before AN able to sleep well at night again. She lived in one of the apartments above it, where her friend through many years, was murdered by a serial killer.

"It could just as well have been me," says AN, who is one of the older residents of the property at Vangehusvej on Østerbro, where police believe three people were murdered in the spring.

She does not want to be recognized, but B. T. knows her identity.

You can see the whole of the second paragraph of the 'Reopened' at the top of this article. See the first paragraph here.

The 15. march of this year, the Copenhagen Police press conference where they told that they had arrested and charged a suspect for the killing. Not just one killing, explained to the police, but all three. Three rovmord committed respectively 7. January, 2. march and 7. march, which the police believed that the motive for all the killings was simple enrichment.

Later it navneforbud, which first made themselves felt, been repealed, and therefore could B. T. and other media tell, that the person arrested was the now 27-year-old James Schmidt, who lived in the property and previously has been convicted of a serious crime. Among other things, for the rape committed against a minor girl.

"It was me that found her. She was right there," says AN of his friend Eva Hoffmeister, while she points on the kitchen floor, where she found the body of his friend.

The friend, who police believe was the first victim of the same serial killer.

the lead and Eva Hoffmeister had a mutual agreement to take care of each other. Therefore called the to each other every day or knocked on the door at each other.

"I had a key, and when she did not respond on the phone, so I thought that there had to be one or the other," says AN to Reopen.

AN locked into and found to his horror his friend on the floor in the kitchen. She lay quietly with your feet facing the hallway and with his coat on. She had bought a bit in and still not taken his items out of the bag, which stood in the kitchen.

You can see the whole of the second paragraph of the 'Reopened' at the top of this article. See the first paragraph here.

"She had been from the day before, so she was completely rigid," says AN, who was not in any doubt that her friend was dead.

in turn, thought AN not, at any time, that her friend had died as a result of a crime.

Why did you not?

"It dropped me not. The door was locked," she says.

It took more than a month, before AN and the property's other residents were aware that there had allegedly been a series - and rovmorder at stake in their property in the us.

It happened first, as a daughter to one of the victims approached the police and told that she had suspected that her mother was not dead of natural causes, as the police otherwise the first thought. Among other things, was still raised money from his mother's credit card.

It led to, that the police arrested James Schmidt, and raised the charge.

It also meant that the OD was aware that she had not found her friend dead of natural causes. She had found her dead, after she allegedly had been the victim of a rovmorder.

today is AN no doubt, that she just as well could have been one of the killer's victims.

"the People in the property were totally outraged over it here," she says and continues:

"And I have also thought of. It could just as well have been me. I came back home. He could just as well have followed after me," she says.

the Experience got in the way and pursued her.

"today I have scored it a little at a distance, but I couldn't sleep to begin with. Mind pressed on, when I laid myself to sleep," she says.

Peter Olsen was 80 years old when he was smothered in the property in Østerbro 2. march. Inez Hasselblad was 81 years old when she was strangled a few days later. She died 7. march. Forensic investigations determined the cause of death.

But ANs friend Eva hoffmeister's cause of death, we do not know. She was buried and cremated, before you got the suspicion that there probably was talking about the killing.

today, sitting AN back with both anger and sorrow. An anger that is directed against the judges of the Supreme court, which in 2012 took a decision that – if, therefore, James Schmidt, is guilty of the killings – has been bad for the three victims. The supreme court repealed: a forvaringsdom, as James Schmidt had received the year before.

A forvaringsdom is untimed and is given to particularly dangerous criminals, as the court's assessment, pose a danger to others in the community. James Schmidt was sentenced to custody, after he tried to rape his mother's friend, while he served in a closed institution for raping a 14-year-old girl.

But the Supreme court gave him a second chance. The reasoning was that he was only a teenager and had not committed other crimes than rape, for which he was convicted of.

"There must after all, to sit some judges with red ears. They had now said, that he should be in custody, so it was here never happened," says AN.

Reopened has contacted the judge, which was judge by the case at the time. He does not want to comment on the matter of the principle of reason, that the Supreme court did not comment on their judgments once they are handed down.

You can see the whole of the second paragraph of the 'Reopened' at the top of this article. See the first paragraph here.

Updated Date: 07 December 2019, 21:00

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