|Born|| ca. 1846|
May 11, 1885
|Cause of death||Suicide|
|Date|| May 10/11, 1885|
|Location(s)||Oberhausen, German Reich|
|Weapon(s)|| Axe |
Nill, whose wife was reportedly in a psychiatric hospital, had returned from America some time prior to the murders. He was described as industrious, though poor, and was known as an argumentative person throughout the village. On May 10 he was at an inn, where he got into a conflict with several civil servants. When he was told that his rants were uncalled for, since his children were supported by the community, he yelled in rage: "You don't have to care for my children any longer!"
Around 11 p.m. Nill returned home, took an axe, and killed his 72-year-old mother, as well as his five children, aged 2, 5, 7, 8, and 10 years, by cleaving their skulls. Afterwards he threw the six bodies on a bed and tried to set it ablaze, but due to the amount of blood the fire could not spread. The 38-year-old then made his way to the home of his parents-in-law and broke open the door to murder them in the same manner, but was deterred by his brother-in-law, who threatened him with a rifle. Nill fled and eventually committed suicide not far from the village by cutting his own throat.
- Schauerlicher sechsfacher Mord verübt zu Oberhausen, Oberamt Rottenburg, durch den Weber Bernhard Nill, an der eigenen Mutter und seinen 5 Kindern; Jünginger's Verlag, 1885.
- ↑ Gemengd Nieuws - Een vreeselijke misdaad..., Leidsch Dagblad (May 18, 1885)
- ↑ Zesvoudige moord, De Schelde (May 24, 1885)
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 Deutsches Reich - In Oberhausen..., Liechtensteiner Volksblatt (May 23, 1885)
- ↑ Ongelukken, Rampen, Misdaden, enz. - Uit Stuttgart, Zierikzeesche Courant (May 20, 1885)
- ↑ Vermischtes - Sechsfacher Mord, Freiburger Zeitung (May 14, 1885)
- ↑ Duitschland, Zierikzeesche Nieuwsbode (May 19, 1885)
- ↑ Eine gräßliche That, Coburger Zeitung (May 16, 1885)