A German couple who lured women back to their ‘House of Horrors’ to be tortured and killed have been jailed.
Angelika Wagener, 49, was sentenced to 13 years in prison and her former husband Wilfried, 48, was handed an 11-year term in a psychiatric ward for the abuse that led to the deaths of two of their victims.
The couple had entrapped at least eight women, mostly luring them through personal newspaper ads to then physically and mentally torment them.
Angelika Wagener, 49, has been jailed for 13 years for torturing eight women in her home, two of which who died (Picture: Reuters)
She and her husband Wilfried (red check shirt) were on trial together, but turned on each other (Picture: Reuters)They tortured their victims in Höxter-Bosseborn, Paderborn, by beating, strangling and burning them, ripping out their hair, scalding them with hot water, as well as by using electric shocks and pepper spray, the court was told.
Angelika Wagener admitted that when a 33-year-old woman died of her injuries in 2014, they dismembered her body and froze the remains before later burning them in their fireplace and spreading the ashes along village roads.
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The two were caught in May 2016 after they severely beat a 41-year-old woman, who died of severe head injuries in hospital.
The couple had planned to drive the woman back to her home, but their car broke down.
The house in Hoexter, western Germany, that has been dubbed the ‘House of Horrors’ (Picture: AFP/Getty)
Her husband has been sentenced to 11 years in a psychiatric ward (Picture: Reuters)As there were witnesses around, they had to call an ambulance. When the woman arrived in a local hospital, doctors called the police and the couple were caught.
The case sparked public shock and revulsion as police forensic teams and TV crews descended on the ‘House of Horrors’ in the central German village of Hoexter.
The people of Yemen are running for their lives – I wish I could make this nightmare stopProsecutors had demanded life prison terms for both in the almost two-year trial in Paderborn, North Rhine-Westphalia state.
Several of the deeply traumatised survivors only dared to speak out and recount their experiences once the Wageners were in custody.
After their arrest, the couple had sought to shift the blame on each other.
Shortly before the verdict, Angelika Wagener apologised to the victims and said: ‘I would like to apologise formally to all the women I have harmed.’
Wilfried claimed he ‘didn’t know right from wrong’, and declared that ‘a therapy wouldn’t be bad’, before turning on his former wife and said: ‘I have no more words about Angelika and her lies.’
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