Niklowitz amok case
Date May 3, 1856
4 p.m.
Location(s) Niklowitz, Austrian Empire
Killed 7
Perpetrator Anna K.
Weapon(s) Axe

On May 3, 1856 a woman only identified as Anna K. killed seven people in Niklowitz, Austrian Empire.[1][2][3][4]

Anna K. was the wife of the local baker and had two young children, Albine and Ferdinand. She had a history of mental illness and was treated for it in 1850, 1851, 1852, and 1854, though despite this being mandatory the district authorities were not informed about it.

On May 3 Anna K.'s husband was at a farmer's market in Znaim. At around 4 p.m. that afternoon the 28-year-old woman sent her apprentice down to the cellar to get her some potatoes, and as soon as he was gone she went out into the yard, grabbed an axe, and killed both of her children, as well as her nursemaid, 12-year-old Anna Illek, by hitting them on the head. Afterwards she rushed out into the village square and attacked a group of playing children, killing in the process Anton Rothmann, Franz Tintl, and Eduard Frühwirth, as well as Katharina Aamarad, an old woman who tried to rescue the boys.[5][6]


  • Albine K., 2, her daughter
  • Ferdinand K., 9 months, her son
  • Anna Illek, 12, her nursemaid
  • Katharina Aamarad, 65
  • Anton Rothmann, 8,
  • Franz Tintl, 5
  • Eduard Frühwirth, 4


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