Priest admits he dissolved his missing wife’s corpse in acid after clubbing it with a stone
A Danish Lutheran priest confessed in court Tuesday to murdering his wife by hitting her on the back of the head with a stone and then dissolving her body in acid, influenced by an episode of “Breaking Bad” he saw.
The offender, Thomas Gotthard, has been charged with the murder of his wife Maria From Jakobsen, 43, after detectives recovered suspicious internet searches on a computer belonging to the couple.
He first told cops that his wife, who was a psychologist, left their Frederikssund home in a depressed state of mind, The Associated Press reported.
In a closed-door hearing, the priest told the court how he meticulously plotted the murder following problems in their marriage, seeing his wife a “block and chain around his leg,” according to prosecutor Anne- Mette Seerup.
Gotthard also clarified that he knocked the victim out with a stone before choking her nose and mouth with his hands until she was out of breath. He finally decided to get rid of all the evidence and disperse the body in acid.
The suspect allegedly purchased a 208 liter feed barrel and stored the body in a locked shed overnight. Eleven days after Maria’s disappearance, the husband drove the barrel to an abandoned country property, as seen in November 6 surveillance footage from a nearby recycling station.
Gotthard would soak the corpse in 45 liters of hydrochloric acid and over six kilograms of caustic soda to dissolve the remains. The contents of the barrel would be split and stored into smaller ones, which would allow him to move the containers more easily before locating a place to bury the body.
The suspect moved to dig them up to chop the remaining parts of the woman’s body into small pieces before setting them on fire. The remaining bones were then buried again around the abandoned country property.
While the suspect initially claimed to be innocent, police found enough evidence to charge Gotthard with the murder of his wife in April, although his body had yet to be found. Authorities say Internet history on the suspect’s computer revealed searches for “missing,” “depth of the sea” and “barrels of oil,” the Daily Beast noted.
A search of his home following a search warrant also uncovered hydrochloric acid and caustic soda, which he used to dispose of the woman’s corpse.
The court heard that his fears of divorce causing a wave of problems for his children and his existing ex-wife prompted him to get rid of Maria, who was reported missing to police by her sister in late October, three days after. failing to introduce himself to his child. birthday party.
“I killed Maria. I ended her life, she didn’t deserve this fate, “Gotthard lamented in court.” I’m guilty of lying and cheating on you all. I was a total thug. I sent my life away. in the darkness I want to stay in. No one should have mercy on me.
Prosecutor Seerup also noted that Gotthard was already involved in a romantic relationship with another woman, who was said to have been madly in love with him, at the time of the murder, according to The Local Denmark.
“It’s terrible to say, but it has become kind of a hobby for him,” she said. “This is not an unhappy love story about a man who couldn’t get the love of his life. Or the third love of his life.”