Hermann Schwarz
Hermann Schwarz
Background information
Born (1887-11-28)November 28, 1887
Märstetten, Switzerland

1971 (aged 83/84)
Münsterlingen, Switzerland

Imprisoned at Psychiatrische Klinik Münsterlingen
Attack information
Date August 30/31, 1912
Location(s) Romanshorn, Switzerland
Killed 7
Injured 6
Weapon(s) Rifle

Hermann Schwarz was a Swiss who killed seven people and wounded six others in the town of Romanshorn, Switzerland on August 30 and August 31, 1912, before being arrested. He was found to be insane and remained institutionalised at the psychiatric hospital in Münsterlingen until his death in 1971.[1][2]


On the evening of August 30 Schwarz, a 25-year-old local resident, opened fire at people in the street from the second-storey window of his apartment. In the initial shooting and the following siege Schwarz shot a total of twelve men, six of them fatally, before managing to escape into a nearby forest. While police and townsmen engaged in an extensive search operation the gunman killed another person and evaded capture until the next day, when he was shot and wounded and subsequently taken into custody.


In the following months Schwarz was examined by several psychiatrists and was found to suffer from mental illness, resulting in his acquittal due to insanity. He was ordered to be institutionalized for the rest of his life. He died in 1971.[3]


  • Abegg, Ernst E.: Die Geschichte der Kantonspolizei Thurgau - 550 Jahre thurgauische Ordnungskräfte; Huber Frauenfeld, 2014. ISBN 9783719315856


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