After the brutal murder of an elderly couple early Friday morning in Linz, the motive for the crime is now resolved: The suspect – a 54 year old Muslim from Tunisia – committed the carnage out of hatred for the FPÖ, according to police.
He had projected many bad experiences that he had made over the past
couple of years in Austria onto the party, and had wanted to set a
So the bloody double homicide in Linz had a political motive, as the
Upper Austrian National Police Director Andreas Pilsl explained in an
off-the-record-converstaion on Saturday afternoon.
The double-homicide suspect, who had been living in Austria since
1989, was sentenced for animal abuse in 2012, following a complaint of a
local FPÖ mandatary. From that moment on, he had blamed the FPÖ for all
negative personal experiences, for example, when, in his opinion, he
was treated badly at the job centre, or when once his benefits were cut.
Alleged that the victims had proximity to the party
The suspected double murderer had alleged that his two victims had
proximity to the FPÖ – which in fact wasn’t even true, according to
Pilsl. The 54-year-old suspect had accurately planned his deed, even
though he knew that the two pensioners were not responsible for his
situation, according to the National Police Director.
Woman strangled, man killed with knife and bludgeon
The deliveryman had regularly delivered organic groceries to his two
victims, and at the scheduled delivery date on Friday, he had hidden a
belt, a wooden bludgeon,a knife and a canister of gasoline under his
apron. According to the current state of investigations, first, he
strangled the 85-year-old, upon which he attacked the husband with the
knife and bludgeo and killed him. Then he set fire in the kitchen of the
family home. The relief forceds discovered the corpses of the elderly
couple during the firefighting operation.
Suspect turned himself in
Only shortly thereafter, the 54-year-old suspect turned himself in to
the authorities. During the interrogation, he said first, he considered
drowning himself in the river Danube, but then made up his mind to go
to the police. There, he had to wait until it was his turn. Finally, he
confessed to the officers that he had murdered the 85-year-old woman and
her 2 years older husband. According to information by “Krone”, the two
had even assisted him financially until now, because his organic store
was not doing well.