'German pervert kept soundproof torture chamber'

Witness describes Thomas F. as cold, heartless; Police were alerted to the compound after a woman he snatched escaped through the window.

August 23, 2011 17:19
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Rape victim. (photo credit: Judy Siegel-Itzkovich)


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A German man was arrested last Friday after police discovered he had converted his apartment into a soundproof torture chamber where he planned to rape and mutilate a neighbor of his in Barmbek, Germany, the German Herald reported Tuesday.

The man, aged 30 and identified as Thomas F., was turned in after the woman he captured managed to escape while he was in the bathroom.

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She described to police a disturbing compound with sex toys scattered throughout the room and a makeshift operating table complete with gynecological equipment, the report said. According to the German newspaper Berliner Morgenpost, the 26-year-old woman managed to escape through a window which Thomas F. had barricaded with barbed wire.

The deranged man also held a weapons stash, which included homemade explosives, a pistol, and a hand grenade which investigations revealed was homemade. He kept these along with nearly 100 fire extinguishers in his apartment, the report said.

One witness, a 49-year-old man who claimed that he knew Thomas F. from the soup kitchen the two often frequented, told the Berliner Morgenpost that "Tommy is completely cold, without facial expressions. He has no heart."

The witness described the pervert as a loner who would secluded himself while he "drank coffee and ogled women."


He also described Thomas F. as "generous" to the homeless community, saying he earned money from Internet fraud and selling Nazi uniforms.

Slowly, the witness said, the disturbed man "withdrew into himself," adding that "While there are a lot of crazies, there was no one so insane" as Thomas F.

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