• Short Summary

    THESE PICTURES OF A SCHOOL IN THE SUBURBS OF COLOGNE, TELL THE GRIM STORY OF YESTERDAY (THURSDAY) WHEN A MANIAC ARMED WITH A BAYONET SPEAR AND A HOME-MADE FLAME THROWER ATTACKED THE SCHOOL.

  • Description

    THESE PICTURES OF A SCHOOL IN THE SUBURBS OF COLOGNE, TELL THE GRIM STORY OF YESTERDAY (THURSDAY) WHEN A MANIAC ARMED WITH A BAYONET SPEAR AND A HOME-MADE FLAME THROWER ATTACKED THE SCHOOL.

    ACCORDING TO THE POLICE ACCOUNT THE MAN, WALTER SEIFFERT, AGED 34, ENTERED THE PLAYGROUND OF THE SCHOOL SEEKING REVENGE ON CITY MEDICAL OFFICERS WHO HAD DECLARED HIM A "SCHIZOPHRENIC WITH PARANOID TENDENCIES." HE THEN ATTACKED THE WOODEN CLASSROOMS THROUGH A WINDOW WITH A FLAME THROWER MADE OF A GAS CYLINDER AND A GARDEN SPRAY.

    CHILDREN, THEIR CLOTHES AFLAME, RAN FROM THE BUILDING WHILE 62 YEAR-OLD TEACHER, FRAU GETRUD BOLLENRATH, TACKLED SEIFFERT. HE STABBED HER WITH A SPEAR MADE FROM A FIVE FOOT (150 CM) POLE WITH A FRENCH ARMY BAYONET ATTACHED TO ITS HEAD. SHE DIED SIX HOURS LATER.

    ANOTHER TEACHER, FRAU URSULA KUHR, AGED 24, BARRED A DOOR AGAINST HIM BUT SEIFFERT WRENCHED IT OPEN AND STABBED HER TO DEATH ALSO.

    HE THEN RAN ALONG THE THREE CLASSROOMS THROWING A 20 FOOT (6 METRE) FLAME AT THE CHILDREN. PARENTS AND BYSTANDERS CORNERED SEIFFERT SHORTLY BEFORE POLICE ARRIVED. TRAPPED, SEIFFERT IS REPORTED TO HAVE DRUNK A BOTTLE OF INSECTICIDE BEFORE BEING SHOT IN THE THIGH BY A POLICEMAN HE ATTEMPTED TO SPEAR. HE DIED IN HOSPITAL LAST NIGHT.

    THE SEARED CHILDREN WERE ALL RUSHED TO HOSPITAL. 28 ARE STILL THERE AND THE CONDITION OF MANY OF THEM IS "VERY SERIOUS", A COLOGNE POLICE OFFICIAL SAID THIS MORNING.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAGBCFOS318TY25PUXZ8LCNSBC
    Media URN:
    VLVAGBCFOS318TY25PUXZ8LCNSBC
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    12/06/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:22:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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