Skip to comments.Satanic killers 'are not monsters'
Posted on 01/28/2002 2:24:34 PM PST by Sabertooth
Two self-styled Satanists on trial for a ritual killing should not be jailed for life as the victim's family wants, prosecutors have argued.
Daniel Ruda, 26, and his wife Manuela, 23, are accused of brutally murdering a former colleague last July.
The "not monstrous" couple in happier times.
The 33-year-old victim was stabbed and beaten with a hammer in their apartment near the German town of Bochum.
Victim Frank Haagen.
The couple were arrested in Jena five days after police launched a nationwide search. They have given a detailed confession to the killing, claiming that they acted "on the orders of Satan".
Presenting closing arguments, prosecutor Dieter Justinsky said the pair should be given sentences of 14 and 12 years respectively.
He rejected calls from the victim's parents for a life sentence, arguing that the pair showed diminished responsibility.
The couple are "not the monsters" portrayed in lurid reports in German media, but "deeply disturbed characters," he told the jury in the Bochum court.
"Alleged" satanic murderer, Manuela Ruda.
The couple must be sent, at least initially, to a secure psychiatric facility, Justinsky said. The defendants have appeared in court dressed in black, striking poses for photographers and the packed public gallery.
German newspapers have provided exhaustive coverage of the proceedings and of the couple's accounts of occult rituals as well as the visions in which they were told to carry out the killing. The jury is to deliver its verdict on Thursday.
Beam me up.
These two (the Rudas) made earlier statements comparing their prosecution to prosecuting a car for a fatal accident, the analogy being that they were merely a vehicle for Satan.
So what we have is a complete denial of responsibily; no remorse here.
12 and 14 years? Sick joke it is.
And the conclusion drawn from that premise is that they should be seperated from society after carrying out a premeditated homicide for less than 15 years. Amazing. The nation which produced Immanual Kant has apparrently not made logic a pre requisite for practicing criminal law in Deutschland.
I have to wonder, what he would consider a monster. How far would they have to go?
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