A 19-year old German is on the run from police after he posted a grizzly video of him stabbing a 9-year old boy to death. He followed the act by going into a chatroom and bragging about the crime.
The suspect has been identified as Marcel H., 19, a bespectacled martial arts enthusiast who allegedly murdered the youngster in the small town of Herne in the western state of North Rhine-Westphalia.
The body of the child was discovered by police in the cellar of a shared family home in the town shortly after dusk on Monday.
The victim was not related to his murderer but may have known him from the area. As the boy was stabbed multiple times Marcel H. filmed his demise and posted the video on the so-called ‘Darknet’ – the lurid, unpatrolled side of cyberspace specialising in pornography, paedophilia, drugs and ‘snuff’ movies.
It was a Darknet user – who claimed to know the killer – who was upset by the images of the little boy who contacted police to tell them; ‘I have just seen a boy murdered on the internet.’
Police did not reveal just how much of the crime was videoed and shared but media reported that the corpse of the boy was visible.
The killer also entered a chatroom after the murder and held his bloodstained hands up to the camera.