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German Admits to Boy's Killing

October 15, 2002|From Associated Press

FRANKFURT, Germany — A law student arrested for kidnapping and killing the 11-year-old son of a prominent banker confessed Monday, the man's defense attorney and a prosecutor said.

Magnus Gaefgen made a "full and comprehensive" confession during questioning by investigators, said defense attorney Hans-Ulrich Endres.

The body of Jakob von Metzler was found outside Frankfurt on Oct. 1, after Gaefgen gave officials the location. He was arrested Sept. 30 after Jakob was not released despite payment of a $990,000 ransom.

Investigators have gathered clues from the lake 40 miles northeast of Frankfurt where the boy's body was recovered and from the forest where authorities said they observed Gaefgen picking up the ransom paid by the boy's father, private banker Friedrich von Metzler.

Prosecutor Rainer Schilling said Monday that Gaefgen had described the crime from the planning stage to the disposal of the body, and he said the 27-year-old faced more questioning today.

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