Edgar Groth, aged 40, known as handsome Edgar, is accused before the court at Traunstein, West Germany, of planning murder, robbery, extortion and illegal imprisonment.
G.V. Of Town of TRAUSTADT.
L.V. Traunstein Building.
C.U. Sign "Lanigericht Trausteins"
S.V. Of Building.
C.V. Of House at Hart.
S.V. Of cellar window.
S.V. Policeman going into house.
Angle Shot. Policeman down street.
Z.V. Policeman unlocks door of room showing
Bk.V. Man installation of Electric Chair.
C.D. Showing chains.
S.V. Of chair.
C.U. Of Exhibits.
C.U. Of Courtroom.
S.V. Spectators in Court.
Pan from Council to Accused in Court.
Rk.V. Accused in Court.
Semi V. Accused walking out into room.
C.U. Of Groth talking.
Rk.V. Groth talking to Lawyer Dr. Till Burger.
CU Mr. Till Burger.
SV Groth looking at paper.
CU Jury bench (empty)
Bk. V. Courtroom.
CU Groth in Court with lawyer.
SV Of counsel into Court-room.
S.V. Spectators walking.
SV Judges into Court.
Bk.V. Accused and Council sit down.
GV Of Courtroom.
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Background: Edgar Groth, aged 40, known as handsome Edgar, is accused before the court at Traunstein, West Germany, of planning murder, robbery, extortion and illegal imprisonment.
His torture chamber contains an electric chair, in which the victim could be held head-down; gas masks, rubber truncheons, a knuckle-duster, and a gun.
Access to the chamber, in a cellar, was through a secret, concealed door which could only be opened by inserting a steel ball in a small hole. The ball rolled down a narrow passage, and after making various contacts, a motor started which opened the heavy door.
Frau Cosima Reisinger, Groth's housekeeper - and his mistress - 29-years-old, is accused of helping him, together with cabinet-makers Josef Strasser, aged 39, and Rudolph Vejdosch, aged 25.
Groth intended to extort money from people and then kill them, according to Frau Reisinger.
At the trial Groth is advised by the well-known German lawyer, Herr Till Burger. The director of the jury is Dr. Welker.