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Two journalists employed with the largest Ger-
man newspaper, Bild, arrived in Tobago on Mon-
day to cover the story surrounding the murders
of German nationals Hubertus and Birgid Keil.
Herbert Bauernebel and Tobias Everke, from Aus-
tria and Germany respectively, told the T&T
Guardian yesterday they were sent to Tobago because
the story was big for their newspaper the German
public due the gruesome nature of the crime
Bauernebel said: "I think what contributes to the
interest is that is a very gruesome crime.
"It is terrible because they are elderly people who
did nothing wrong but walk on the beach and then
secondly, obviously it's the way they died by being
brutally slaughtered, maybe haven't even fought.
"The other factor is of course it happened in so-
called paradise, so people assume that in paradise
nothing happens so it adds another layer of interest."
Asked if he felt Germans would boycott Tobago
as a tourism destination because of the killings,
Bauernebel said only time would tell, noting a pos-
itive outcome to the case could make a difference.
"People forget things but I think if the perpetrators
are found quickly, not to put any pressure on the
police, but at least what makes the story also very
interesting and scary is due to the past incidents,
it might be a case of a serial killer but I think at
the end of the day if German tourists like Tobago
I assume they would come back," he said
But Everke, who is from Germany but lives in
New York, described the killings as an "insulated
"If you planned a trip to Italy and someone in
your country got murdered in Italy would it change
your mind from going to Italy? Does it mean that
all of Italy is not safe?
"I think if it turns out that it's an insulated
incident it won't have such an impact. If it turns
out that somebody is on the loose or a terrorist
group, drug dealers that make the country unsafe
and you have a family then you would have certain
thoughts but at this point we can't say," he added.
Bauernebel and Everke have visited the scene
where the Keils were found and have been con-
ducting interviews with Bacolet residents and top
security officials on the island.
A police source said yesterday they had inter-
viewed several people, including project manager
Brian Abraham, who identified the bodies for the
Tobagonians have also been utilising the hotline
set up to provide information to the police.
Contacted yesterday, ACP Simon Lendore, who
was appointed by acting CoP Stephen Williams to
head the team probing the case, said they were
pursuing all leads in the investigation.
JENSEN LA VENDE and KALIFA CLYNE
German authorities are discussing
whether they will send police to Tobago
to help investigate the murders of German
citizens Hubertus and Birgid Keil.
The Keils were found hacked to death
near their home at Minister's Bay, Bacolet,
shortly after 11 am on Saturday. They died
from chop wounds to the back of the heads,
which almost decapitated them. The couple
was last seen the Thursday before their
Police said they found the couple's villa
locked and in a pristine condition. The Keils
lived alone and had been visiting Tobago
annually for the past 20 years during the
Speaking with the T&T Guardian yes-
terday, Chargé d'Affaires Dr Michael
Freudenberg said the decision to send mem-
bers of the German Federal Police had not
yet been taken but had been discussed.
Freudenberg said the standing advisory
for Germans planning to visit this country
also had been updated and now warned
people to be careful in Port-of-Spain and
not to go to certain areas in T&T alone and
after hours. He added that the updated advi-
sory now included the murder of the couple.
Asked about funeral arrangements,
Freudenberg said that was up to the family,
who were too distraught to speak with the
"The German media do not take photo-
graphs and interview the relatives of victims
of crime like here," Freudenberg said, adding
it would be a culture shock for their daugh-
ter.The story of the Tobago murders has fea-
tured prominently in German media, such
as Das Bild, a tabloid paper, and Die Welt,
a more conservative daily.
"We were shocked and horrified when
we learned of this, which was not the first
tragic incident that took place in that area.
We only hope that this time the perpetrator
would be caught," Freudenberg said.
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Two Bild journalists in
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In a media release yesterday, National
Security Minister Gary Griffith said he
was paying special interest to the case.
Saying it had the potential to damage
the country's reputation with the inter-
national community and erode the ben-
efits of much of the gains made in the
war against crime, he said:
"The Ministry of National Security
remains committed to its efforts to the
reduction of crime in Tobago through the
provision of additional maritime assets,
police vehicles and manpower, with spe-
cific air assets dedicated to Tobago oper-
"An expanded CCTV system to provide
islandwide coverage is in train and is evi-
dent that all the tools necessary to com-
plement all anti-crime initiatives on the
island are being sourced to enhance this
Contacted yesterday on Johnson's sug-
gestion, acting Commissioner of Police
Stephen Williams said he was in a meeting
and would not be able to respond at the
time. A text message was sent to him but
up to press time he had not responded.
During a press conference in Tobago
on Monday, Williams said the investiga-
tion would be given priority and a
$100,000 reward is being offered for
assistance in catching the perpetrator/s.
A hotline has also been set up to
accommodate the provision of such infor-
Hotline numbers: 708-9302, 708-
9142 or 800-TIPS.
The Keils' neighbour, Malcolm Johnson,
a British citizen, said yesterday he thought
the attack, and those on other foreigners
in the past, were committed by a xeno-
phobic serial killer at the request of high
He said in Tobago there was a disdain
for foreigners which he himself had expe-
rienced and said that xenophobia was root-
ed in the island's drive for independence
"This is undoubtedly a hate crime. There
is a lot of resentment in Tobago towards
foreigners. Expats are voiceless there
because they are afraid of reprisals and
there is a lack of assistance from the police
there," Johnson said in a telephone inter-
Foreigners and local residents plan to
meet on Saturday at the Buccoo Integrated
Centre to discuss the couple's murder, he
said, adding that something has to be done.
Johnson also plans to hold a march
against violence within the next two weeks
in honour of his neighbours and as a signal
to the attackers that the foreign residents
will not be intimidated. He said the Keils
viewed Tobago as their Utopia and were
kind and thoughtful.
He added: "We will not allow their lives
and those of victims of the past to be lost
in vain and we will do all we can to create
awareness to the increasingly worrying
issues of violence on this island.
"For too long now on Tobago, longer
than the 20 years I've been coming here,
serious crimes have been committed with
little or no resolve and sadly quickly swept
On his Facebook page he said he and
other overseas residents were hoping to
organise a peaceful protest march,
" The Freedom of Violence Walk', soon
will boost the awareness to these issues in
memory of all those victims who have
fallen as a result of this senseless violence
over the years. Enough is enough and we
have to make it clear that this trend cannot
go on," he stated.
HATE CRIME BY SERIAL KILLERS?
for 26TH NOVEMBER, 2014
• August 2009: British couple, Murium
Greene, 59, and her husband Peter, 65,
beaten and chopped at their Bacolet
Peter was chopped about his head
and face. Police suspected robbery as a
motive for the attack.
• October 2008: Swedish couple
chopped to death at their villa in Bon
Accord in what police described as an
The couple, Anna Sundsval, 62, and
Oke Olsoon, 73, had come to Tobago for
two weeks before a planned trip to
Australia. Olsoon was also chopped in
the head and face.
• Also in October 2008: Two British
women were sexually assaulted by a
knife-wielding man while staying at a
guest house on the island. They were
OTHER FOREIGNERS ATTACKED
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