THE HINTERKAIFECK MURDERS, 1922
THE BODIES IN THE BARN
Few unsolved murders encompass so many dark secrets and raise so many disturbing questions as this lurid, spooky tale of incest, jealousy, and mystery.
Hinterkaifeck was the name of a small, isolated farmstead situated in the beautiful rolling hills and forests between the towns of Ingolstadt and Schrobenhausen in Bavaria, Germany. It was the home of Andreas Gruber, 63; his wife, Cäzilia, 72; their widowed daughter, Viktoria Gabriel, 35, and her children, Cäzilia, 7, and Josef, 2; and also the new maid, Maria Baumgartner, 44. In the dead of night, on March 31, 1922, someone systematically slaughtered each member of the family one by one and piled their bodies in a barn.