A French farmer who bound an elderly German woman to a ladder before sawing off her limbs while she was still alive has been sentenced to life in prison.The details that the ‘Mail’ gleefully highlights make depressing reading:
On the day of the murder, she was walking from her home to meet her husband for lunch when she entered onto Bureau's land.Good grief!
However when she failed to appear he raised the alarm.
Detectives established that Bureau had intercepted her and dragged her into a barn at his farm.
Despite her pleas, he attached her arms and legs to a ladder leaning against a wall next to an old tractor and began by cutting off her fingers one by one .
Using butcher’s knives and a meat cleaver Bureau then cut off her arms and legs.
Bureau later revealed under questioning that the victim was still alive when the defendant beheaded her with the cleaver.
Bureau then put Edith Muhr’s body parts in bags and dumped them in a nearby pond but later recovered them and left them in a field.
And there’s no clear motive:
In a bid to establish Bureau’s motive for killing Edith Muhr, prosecutor Jean-Luc Gadaud told the court: ‘She was everything that he was not- wealthy,intelligent and liked. He was crippled by his indebtedness, shyness and his boring life.Yeah, I rather think you’re reaching a bit there…
‘She may have crossed his land. It was his territory and he wanted to show that he was the master of his land.
‘She was German. Perhaps it was a symbolic act of vengeance. His father was arrested by the Gestapo in 1944.’
He sentenced him to life imprisonment and told him he would serve at least 20 years.The bigger mystery is surely this: This can’t have been his first and only crime of this nature. Can it?
Bureau himself has so (far) refused to speak about his reasons for torturing and killing Edith Muhr.
Or have I watched too many episodes of ‘Criminal Minds’?