Farina Caspari, 30, has emerged as the trigger-woman behind at least three of the five deaths in Germany’s ‘crossbow killings’
A woman at the centre of Germany’s mysterious crossbow killings, five deaths which have baffled police and enthralled the nation, was a baking assistant in a civil partnership with another of the ‘victims’, it can be revealed today.
A macabre picture is emerging of the lives of those who died, at two locations, in what police believe is a grand murder-suicide between people who shared a passion for the Middle Ages, alchemy and weaponry.
It revolves around Farina Caspari, 30, who was the last one alive before she turned a crossbow on herself and shot a bolt through her neck, and Torsten Weiss, 53, who has been described as a domineering figure who treated women ‘like slaves’ and ran a medieval-themed shop filled with weapons, Knights Templar flags and kept a blood-spattered mannequin on the counter.
The others to die had been isolated from their families and appear to have fallen under the spell of Weiss, who was found dead from a crossbow bolt to the heart in a small guesthouse in Passau, southern Germany on Saturday.
He was holding hands with Kerstin Enders, 33, who had also been shot in the heart with a bolt. Farina’s body was alongside them.
Two more victims – Farina’s teacher girlfriend named only as Gertrud C, 35, – and Carina U, 19, were found 400 miles away a day later at Farina’s apartment in Wittingen, further north.
The case has, as yet, stumped police, with Passau prosecutor Walter Feiler admitting: ‘We have five dead, that much is clear. Everything else is in doubt.’
At the time of his death, Weiss was living with Kerstin in the village of Westerwald where the pair ran a bizarre medieval-themed shop.
Caspari is thought to have killed Kerstin Enders (left) and Torsten Weiss (right) with a crossbow bolt to the heart each before turning the weapon on herself in an elaborate murder-suicide
Weiss and Enders were living together in Westerwald at the time of their deaths , where they ran a bizarre medieval-themed shop
Weiss kept a mannequin dressed in ripped lingerie and spattered with fake blood on the counter, with chains and ropes around her neck and arms
The shop also contains a number of medieval weapons and assorted props, but is otherwise empty. Neighbours said Weiss held sword fighting classes twice a week
Together with Caspari, the pair shared a love of the Middle Ages and in particular jousting, which they actively participated in.
Torsten, Kerstin and Farina had been on the way back from a jousting tournament in Germany when they died, according to Bild.
Little is known about Kerstin or how she met Weiss. Documents show they were living together at the time they died and had written up wills.
On the shop’s Facebook page it offers mead – an alcoholic drink from the Middle Ages brewed with honey – for sale along with a collection of weapons.
The shop also offered sword fighting classes twice a week, on Tuesday and Thursday.
Weiss was the legal owner of his medieval-themed shop until May 2018, but worked there until his death. It is not clear who owned the shop before or after him.
Before that, in 2017, Weiss had lived in a rented farmhouse which he shared with Farina, Gertrud and Carina in Lower Saxony.
The house was located on a 500-year-old horse farm which comprised several buildings, a former manor, 40,000sqm of land, stables and a riding arena.
The foursome are reported to have lived there for two months.
Alexander Krüger, 44, the man who rented the farmhouse to Weiss, described him as a ‘master’ who ordered the women about.
A selection of weapons was show on the shop’s Facebook page alongside a sign bearing its name, Milites conductius
Weiss, who is believed to be the link between the four female victims, also advertised mead – an alcoholic drink made with honey – on his webpage
A sign advertising Weiss’s training classes at 6pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays
Speaking to Bild Kruger said that Weiss initially claimed to be a psychologist wanting to rent the farmhouse with his girlfriend, who he described as a business lawyer.
But after signing the lease the girlfriend never came back, Kruger said, and was instead replaced by a lesbian couple who where joined later by a much younger girl – believed to be Farina, Gertrud and Carina.
Kruger said: ‘His tone with them was strange. They were almost submissive, I had the impression that they are hardly allowed to talk to me.
‘His tone was so harsh. Strikingly harsh. Not the way you talk to anyone. It was in short imperative sentences.
‘Their reaction, the body language was submissive, holding their heads down. If I did not know better, I’d say they were really scared of him.
‘He was the great master. He gave orders.’
Kruger added that all three women dressed in heavy black clothing, while one of them had a shaved head.
Weiss is reported to have met Farina, a bakery saleswoman, and Gertrud, a primary school teacher, at a martial arts class some time before 2017.
Around the same time the women met him, they severed contact with their families.
Weiss is said to have met Carina while she was still a minor after she had run away from her family and was living in state care.
The guesthouse in Passau, Bavaria where the three were discovered on Saturday
Police said three crossbows were found in the room where three bodies were discovered with bolts sticking out of them on Saturday
After turning 18 she left care and moved in with Weiss. Carina’s mother said that after meeting him ‘suddenly there were only Torsten in her life.’
German police discovered the bodies of Torsten, Kerstin, and Farina on Saturday inside a guesthouse in Passau, in southern Germany.
Officers said the two women were dressed all in black, while Torsten was described as having multiple piercings and alchemy tattoos.
Torsten and Kerstin were both on the bed, holding hands, and had been killed by a single crossbow bolt through the heart.
Undertakers carry a body bag from the house in Wittengen
The killer – believed to be Farina – then fired two more bolts into Torsten’s chest and two into his head, and a second into Kerstin’s forehead.
Farina then shot herself in the neck with the crossbow, which would have killed her instantly, detectives said.
Police believe the trio died on Friday night before being discovered the next day. Wills drawn up for Torsten and Kerstin were found in their possessions.
Detectives used Farina’s identity to trace Gertrud C, who was registered as her partner, to an apartment that the pair shared in Wittengen, 400 miles north.
They arrived on Monday intending to inform her of her partner’s death, but stumbled upon another murder scene.
Inside they found the bodies of Gertrud and Carina U, 19, who was thought to be living there at the time.
Police have not made it clear how the two women died, but said no crossbows or bolts were found at the second scene.
It is thought that Gertrud and Carina were killed before the triple-murder in Passau took place.
A police spokesman told Focus the women had died ‘a few days ago.’
One neighbour in Wittingen told local media that the pair were, ‘always dressed in black. So gothic-wise.’
Farina’s lover, 35-year-old Gertrud C, was found dead in a house in Wittingen alongside Carina U, 19 (pictured, bodies are carried out of the property)
Undertakers carry a body bag from the house in Wittingen on Monday as police investigate the deaths of two other women connected to the deaths in Passau
A police car stands in front of a building where the bodies of two women have been found at an apartment, in Wittlingen on Monday
The three killed by crossbow had checked into the riverside hotel Zur Triftsperre, close to the Austrian border, on a rainy Friday night.
They were on their way back from Austria, according to Bild, where at least one of the crossbows had been bought.
Caspari reportedly paid the £260 (300 euros) in advance for three nights without breakfast before they all disappeared into their room.
The three were carrying no luggage and returned to the carpark only later to collect the crossbow bags.
Three crossbows were found by police in the room, one still packed in its bag.
German law tightly restricts firearms but archery equipment is freely available as sports equipment and anyone over 18 can purchase a high-powered crossbow.