Liselotte Leifeld
Liselotte Leifeld
Background information
Born ca. 1936

September 23, 1969(1969-09-23) (aged 33)
Ahlen, West Germany

Cause of death Suicide
Attack information
Date September 23, 1969
4:30 a.m.
Location(s) Ahlen, West Germany
Target(s) Family
Killed 6
Weapon(s) 6.35-caliber pistol

Liselotte Leifeld was a German who killed her mother, her husband, and their four children in Ahlen, West Germany on September 23, 1969, before committing suicide.

Leifeld sufferd from chronic icterus and on the day of the murders was scheduled to return to hospital for stationary treatment, much to her distress. Apparently she also feared that she suffered from lung cancer, but according to her physician these fears were unsubstantiated.

Around 4:30 a.m. Leifeld killed her 63-year-old mother, her 35-year-old husband, and her four children, aged between 7 months and 8 years, while they were sleeping in their beds. All of them were shot in the head, or chest with a 6.35-caliber pistol with a six-round magazine. According to police the 33-year-old supposedly had drugged her victims with pills prior to the murders, and also swallowed them herself.

Before committing suicide she left a note in a notebook, writing:

"I have to go back to hospital, that's why I had to do this. It happend at half past four. I hope that nobody survives. We don't have any debts."[1]

The last couple of words in her notebook were indistinct, probably because she was already under the influence of the medication. The bodies were discovered the same evening by her brother-in-law, who came to investigate, after her husband had not shown up for work.[2][3]


  1. "Ich muß wieder in das Krankenhaus, deshalb mußte ich das tun. Es geschah um halb fünf: Ich hoffe, daß keiner überlebt. Wir haben keine Schulden."
  2. Mutter erschoß ihre Familie, Hamburger Abendblatt (September 24, 1969)
  3. Betäubt und dann erschossen?, Hamburger Abendblatt (September 25, 1969)
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