Hinterkaifeck: 43 miles north of Munich March 31, 1922 Six residents were killed with a mattock (like a pickaxe with one flat edge)
- Andreas Gruber
- Cazilla Gruber
- Their widowed daughter, Viktoria Gabriel
- Victoria’s children
- The Maid, Maria Baumgartner
- The father, Andreas Gruber, was an abusive monster who beat his wife, Cazilla, on a pretty regular basis.
- He is also rumored to have fathered his daughter’s youngest child, the 2 YO Josef.
A few days prior to the murders, Andreas Gruber told neighbors about seeing footprints leading from the forest at the edge of the farm to the house but none leading back out. He also purportedly heard footsteps in the attic and found an unfamiliar newspaper on the porch. I can imagine nothing more horrifying. none of it was reported to the police prior to the murders. He checked the house and never found the purported intruder. He even checked the attic and saw nothing. It was like the person had disappeared. But when he ventured out to the shed, he saw scratches that seemed to convey that someone had tried to force his way into the shed. Related: The Unsolved Murder of Famed Direct William Desmond Taylor The Maid Unfortunate timing; the previous maid quit because she thought the house was haunted. The new maid, Maria Baumgartner, showed up the day of the murders and was killed two hours later. Fast forward a few days. On Tuesday, April 4, 1922, neighbors ventured over to the farmstead because they hadn’t heard from the family in a few days, and Viktoria’s eldest child hadn’t been showing up for school. They did an initial search and found nothing. Just a really, eerily silent farmstead. When they opened the barn, they made a ghastly, ghastly discovery
- Andreas, Cazilla, Viktoria, and Viktoria’s eldest child were stacked upon one another in a pool of blood, covered in hay.
- Josef was found dead on a cot in his mother’s bedroom.
- Maria, the maid, was found dead in her bedchamber.