Friedrich Giebel
Occupation Wainwright
Born ca. 1902

October 19/20, 1940 (aged 38)
Mainz, German Reich

Cause of death Suicide
Attack information
Date October 19/20 1940
Location(s) Mainz, German Reich
Target(s) Family
Killed 7
Weapon(s) Hammer

Friedrich Giebel was a German wainwright who killed his wife and six of his children at their house in Mainz-Weisenau, German Reich during the night from October 19 to October 20, 1940.

Giebel, who was supposedly insane, hit his victims with a hammer and then cut their throats with a shoemaker's knife. The murdered children were aged 2 to 14 years, while a 5-year-old daughter of the Giebel's survived, because she was at the home of a relative.

Before committing suicide by cutting his own throat, Giebel wrote a six pages long letter that was barely decipherable. The bodies were discovered by neighbours around noon when they were alerted by the unusual silence in the house. Four of the children were found lying in their beds in one room, the other two children in a second room, and the 38-year-old and his wife in their bedroom.[1][2]


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