The trio found dead at a Bavarian hotel Saturday, presumably killed by crossbows in a “request killing and suicide," are the alleged leader and members of a medieval-focused cult replete with female “slaves,” according to reports.
Suspected cult leader Torsten W., 53, was found in bed, holding hands with 33-year-old Kerstin E. The pair were “impaled with arrows,” according to BBC News, with Torsten shot multiple times in the head and chest, and Kerstin shot once in both the head and chest. Farina C., 30, was found on the floor of the room, punctured between her throat and chin. Three crossbows were also found in the room, though one was in luggage owned by the group.
Authorities believe Farina shot the couple then herself. Wills linked to Torsten and Kerstin were also discovered in the room.
The group reportedly checked in Friday night for a scheduled three nights, with no breakfast.
The group’s deaths have also been tied to Monday’s discovery of two female bodies in Farina’s apartment 400 miles away in Wittingen. These victims, found after neighbors reported a “strong smell” from the apartment, were identified as 35-year-old Gertrud C., a primary school teacher and Farina’s partner, as well as an unnamed 19-year-old.
Torsten reportedly “controlled the four women like a cult leader,” both physically and psychologically.
“Investigators suspect they were all members of a kind of sex circle with a focus on the Middle Ages. Torsten W may have been the guru of the group,” German channel RTL reported following interviews with people who knew the deceased.
A couple that spoke with RTL worries the teenager might be their child, Carina U., who they believe succumbed to Torsten’s “spell,” quickly changing from a cheery disposition to being “withdrawn and depressive.” Carina ceased contact with her parents years ago.