• Rod Kackley

From Beyond The Grave: A Shocking True Crime Story




A general practitioner in Germany, identified only as Dr. Joern K., was killed in March 2019 when he picked up a package in front of his medical office in Enkenbach-Alsenborn, and it exploded.

Then, a woman and her daughter were injured when they touched a bomb hidden in the firewood they used for their stove. The device exploded inside their home in Otterberg, not far from Dr. K’s office.

Police immediately investigated, shared notes, and concluded that the woman, her daughter, and the GP all shared one thing in common. They knew Bernhard Grauman, a 59-year-old gardener who died a few days before the death of Dr. K.

Grauman was found dead in his bed in the small town of Mehlingen. At the time, it was thought he might have poisoned himself.

Could Grauman, somehow, be involved in the death of the doctor and the wounding of the woman and her little girl?

Could he have taken revenge from beyond the grave?

Very possibly.

You see, Grauman had experience working with black powder, used in both explosive devices, as part of his association with groups that staged medieval festivals and reenactments.

And the dead and injured had run-ins with Grauman in the past.

With the Kaiserslautern public prosecutor’s office, Udo Gehring said he wouldn’t be surprised to find Grauman planted more bombs before he died.

“It is all about clearing up the cases around the explosives. What is behind it? Might there be something else behind it? How did it come to it? And most of all, whether there might be more explosives out there,” Gehring said.

Because of that, police immediately set up a hotline for people who might have had personal or business relationships with Grauman that went bad.

Talk about a big club. Grauman must have had plenty of enemies, or at least people he’d felt wronged him.

More than sixty people who were concerned enough that Grauman might have targeted them called a special hotline.

The police didn’t find any other bombs, but the investigation remained open.

Grauman left behind, in addition to his exploding presents, a wife and two children.




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