Dariusz Pawel Kotwica has become Europe's first serial killer who raped and murdered his way across 6 countries. The Shaven-headed 29-year-old has confessed to the frenzied stabbing of an elderly woman and her husband in Austria, as well as killing a pensioner in Sweden a month earlier.
Kotwica daubed bizarre phrases on the Austrian woman’s naked body after raping her and police say he has told of his ‘joy’ at torturing, claiming he was urged to kill by inner voices.
The details of Kotwica’s killing spree emerged for the first time in a report commissioned by the Home Office on the benefits of police across the EU sharing DNA and fingerprint records
It says he was sought by forces across Europe after the double murder of a married couple in Vienna on May 21 this year. The bodies of Gerhard Hintermeier, 75, and his wife Erna, 74, were discovered at their home by relatives.
Gerhard, 75 (left), and Erna Hintermeier, 74 (right)
They had been bludgeoned and stabbed several times while written in brown paint on the woman’s naked body was either the Latin phrase ‘tantum ergo’ meaning ‘only then’, or the chemical element ‘tantalum’.
Police identified Kotwica by forensic evidence left at the crime scene that was shared across Europe under the Prum data-sharing scheme. Kotwica was caught by German police on June 8 and extradited to Austria. Police said he not only ‘made immediately a comprehensive confession’ to the murder of the elderly couple and admitted he ‘raped the dying old lady’ but also revealed he had committed another murder just weeks earlier in Sweden. Bo Georg Ehrlander, 79, was dead on the kitchen floor of his home near Gothenburg on April 23. He had been repeatedly stabbed.
According to Austrian police, Kotwica also admitted an ‘attempted homicide after a shoplifting’ in Salzburg in 2012, while records show he had committed grievous bodily harm in the Netherlands in 2011 and burgled a shop in Germany. There have also been reports of possible murders in the Czech Republic and the Netherlands.