Eye For An Eye-Vigilante Mom! A Shocking True Crime Story
Vigilante Mom! A Shocking True Crime Story
Marianne Bachmeier didn’t hesitate. When she saw the man accused of molesting and strangling her seven-year-old daughter to death, Marianne walked up to him, pulled a small handgun — a Beretta pistol — from her purse, and pumped six shots at point-blank range into Klaus Grabowski.
What makes this even more unusual is that this happened on March 6, 1981, in a courtroom in Luebeck, Germany. The accused pedophile and murderer, Klaus Grabowski, was dead before he hit the floor.
Among the witnesses was a group of schoolchildren who were members of a civics class visiting the courtroom. Some field trip, huh? What a lesson they learned.
Perhaps Marianne came by her sense of justice genetically. Her father was a member of Hitler’s Waffen-SS during World War II. Or maybe she was just acting as many mothers would in that situation. And, there's this. Marianne would say later that she'd been raped as a teenager.
Klaus Grabowski was hardly a first-time offender. He had a long rap sheet of sex crimes involving young girls, like Marianne’s daughter. Less than ten years before he was killed, Grabowski received a year’s probation after trying to strangle a six-year-old girl.
Two years later, Grabowski was sentenced to a year in a psychiatric hospital for molesting two nine-year-old children, a boy, and a girl.
He submitted to chemical castration but later convinced a doctor to begin hormone treatments to reverse the castration.
Then he encountered Marianne’s little girl after a night of drinking, kidnapping the girl, and killing the child. The little girl’s body was found in a ditch. Grabowski’s girlfriend’s stockings were wrapped around her neck.
Grabowski admitted he killed her, saying he did it only because the girl wanted the equivalent of $2.50 and threatened to tell her mother what he’d done.
His history became well known in Germany after he was gunned down, and Marianne became a hero to many.
The Associated Press reported that within a week of Marianne killing Grabowski, friends raised $50,000 to help in her defense. One of the leaders of that drive, Dr. Guenter Brock, said his “Community of Those Interested in Justice and Equality” received donations from throughout what was, at that time, known as West Germany.
When West Germany’s most popular newspaper, Bild am Sonntag, asked if Marianne was a murderer, readers like “Jo. T. Of Hamburg wrote, ‘This mother is no murderer. She exercised a right which this state no longer guarantees for its citizens.”
Another publication, the magazine Quick, asks if the death of Klaus Grabowski was “only the understandable revenge of a mother?”
Marianne was immediately arrested after firing the fatal shots. She was held without bail on a charge of suspicion of murder.
She was eventually charged with manslaughter, convicted, and sentenced to six years in prison. Still, she was released after serving only three years behind bars.
Marianne never publicly admitted any regret for killing Klaus Grabowski.
She died in 1996, at the age of 46, from pancreatic cancer.
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