Hermann Seelenberg
Occupation Vegetable vendor

July 13, 1910
Helmstedt, German Reich

Cause of death Suicide
Attack information
Date July 13, 1910
4 a.m.
Location(s) Helmstedt, German Reich
Target(s) Family
Killed 5-6
Injured 0-1
Weapon(s) Gun

Hermann Seelenberg was a German vegetable vendor who killed five members of his family and probably fatally wounded a sixth in Helmstedt, German Reich on July 13, 1910.

That morning, at around 4 a.m., Seelenberg took a gun and killed his wife and two youngest children sleeping in his bed, and also shot and seriously wounded his three other children when they rushed into the room, alerted by the gunshots, before committing suicide. The reason for the murders was apparently the family's scarcity of food. Police arrived at the scene shortly thereafter and brought the injured children to hospital, where two of them died a few hours later, while the third was reportedly in hopeless condition.

Seelenberg, who had owned a bakery which went bankrupt, had repeatedly threatened to kill his family, if he ran out of money.[1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8][9]


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