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Paul53 wrote:Sorry, I had computer trouble for several days.
This Werner Gladow was ,from the article, an admirer of Al Capone and imitated him as much as he could. He formed a gang around him,and worked his way up from petty thefts to bank robbery and a raid on a police station to collect firearms.
The first death victims fell at a botched bank robbery.Gladow commited the crimes in west Berlin ,and every time, fled to east Berlin were the west police had no jurisdiction.
Finally,Gladow was betrayed by one of his gang members to the east German police,in the house where he lived with his mother.After a firefight of a full hour,in which his mother assisted him by reloading his two pistols and pointing out targets, Gladow(18) received a well-placed slug in a leg,and was apprehended.
He was sentenced to death in Frankfurt an der Oder(the second Frankfurt,a short distance from the Polish border,so in East Germany,in 1950 together with two gang members.They had to give three blows with the Fallbail,Gladow screaming madly all the while.The job was finished the third time. The state prosecuter,who was present, fainted.
A few films were made of the Gladow gang. In one of the films, the constant drone of the allied planes( the Rosinenbomber,the raisins bombers)supplying west Berlin during the Russian blockade, is constantly audible in the backround.A plane is said to land every three minutes.
Paul53 wrote:Interesting info Pete.The text says that the blade stuck, but it is unclear on which part of the downward travel.
Paul53 wrote:Yes,that makes sense.Although the Tegels arent that flimsy,and seem to me to be quite solidly constructed.
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