Chemnitz familicide
Date February 28, 1930
Location(s) Chemnitz, German Reich
Target(s) Family
Killed 6
Perpetrator Müller
Weapon(s) Illuminating gas

On February 28, 1930 a woman surnamed Müller gassed six of her children and herself in Borna, a quarter of Chemnitz, German Reich.[1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8][9]

Mrs. Müller was married to Richard Müller, an unemployed locksmith and war veteran, who lived on disability benefits. They had seven children together, but the marriage was unhappy and the couple had frequent arguments. On February 28, 1930, around noon, the two again had a serious quarrel, after which Richard Müller left their house in the Louis-Otto-Straße to retrieve his pension, but didn't return afterwards.

Presumably around 5 p.m. the 30-year-old woman eventually opened a gas tap, thus killing herself and six of her children, two girls, aged 6 and 12 years, and four boys, aged 3 months, 3, 9, and 10 years. The family tragedy was discovered by the Müller's 16-year-old daughter, when she came home from work around 9 p.m. and was alarmed by the smell of gas. She called their neighbours for help, who then broke open the door and found the seven bodies in the kitchen.[10][11][12]


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