U.S. Tourist Attacks Two American Women, Kills One, Near Bavarian Castle

An unidentified American tourist, 30, attacked two American female tourists, 21 and 22, near the Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria during an attempted sexual assault, killing one and severely injuring the other.

According to Bavarian police, the women encountered a 30-year-old American tourist on a trail near the Marienbruecke bridge, which is famous for its view of the castle, who brought them to a hidden path leading to a vista view of the famous castle.

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The suspect then attacked the 21-year-old, and when the 22-year-old attempted to stop him, the man choked her and pushed her down the mountain slope.

The 21-year-old was also pushed down the slope, where she came to rest next to her friend after falling approximately 50 meters. The woman, who had to be taken to a hospital by helicopter, died overnight from serious injuries she sustained while her 22-year-old companion was still in the hospital, local police said in a statement.

Suspect & Neuschwanstein Castle

The search for the suspect was extensive. The suspect fled the crime scene and was arrested near the scene.

The suspect was brought before the investigating judge at the Kempten District Court today. The judge followed the request of the prosecutor’s office in Kempten and issued an arrest warrant. He was transported to the Kempten Jail.

The Kempten Kriminal Polizei asks witnesses to contact them at 0831/9909-0.

Bavarian Police released the following statement on their website.

Immediately after the arrest, the Kempten criminal police (Kripo) took over the investigation into attempted murder and murder, as well as a sexual offense. Due to the steep terrain at the crime scene, specially trained officers from the Alpine Task Force provided support.

In close consultation with the responsible public prosecutor’s office in Kempten, the investigations focus now on the reconstruction of the exact course of the crime.

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Neuschwanstein Castle, about 105 km (65 miles) southwest of Munich, is one of the most popular destinations in Europe. Finished in 1886, Neuschwanstein was one of several castles built by King Ludwig II.

The castle was featured in the film Chitty, Chitty, Bang, Bang and is the model for Disney’s Castle architecture.

According to the castle’s website, about 1.4 million people visit the castle annually, and in the summer, the castle counts more than 6,000 visitors on average daily.

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