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Concentration Camp Survivor Strangled

By Wyatt Earp | August 3, 2009

Felix BrinkmannIn 15 years as a Philadelphia police officer and detective, I have seen far too many disturbing scenes to remember. Most of them had an immediate effect, but none that were permanent. You learn to deal with it and move on.

That being said, this story absolutely sickens me.

Imagine you survive a Nazi concentration camp, emigrate to America, and become a successful business man – only to be senselessly murdered by thugs for a few dollars and a car.

This country is doomed.

NEW YORK – A 90-year-old Holocaust survivor was found strangled Thursday in his Upper East Side apartment, a spokeswoman for the New York City medical examiner said Friday.

Felix Brinkmann, a native of Latvia, escaped death for a year while he was in the Nazis’ Mauthausen, Ebensee and Auschwitz concentration camps. Five times he had been slated for the gas chambers, but each time he used his fluency in German to talk his way out.

After the war ended, he was stunned to discover that his wife, who had also been shipped to Auschwitz, was alive and well in Poland.

Brinkmann’s body was found lying face down in his bedroom, his hands bound, his body showing blunt-force trauma wounds, police said. Brinkmann’s blue 2009 Honda Civic may have been stolen and a safe in his apartment tampered with, police said. (H/TCNN)

No words. Well, except that I hope the people who did this are caught and punished in the most severe manner allowed by law.

Topics: The Job | 11 Comments »

11 Responses to “Concentration Camp Survivor Strangled”

  1. JPL17 Says:
    August 3rd, 2009 at 12:32 pm


    A Bronx woman is being held without bail on charges of murder and robbery in the death of an 89-year-old Holocaust survivor and nightclub impresario who was found bound and beaten to death in his Upper East Side apartment, authorities said Monday.

    Angela Murray, 30, was arrested Saturday, two days after she and a man were seen on cameras leaving Guido Felix Brinkmann’s building on East 65th Street in Brinkmann’s car, authorities said. The man who was in the car is still being sought by police, sources said.

    Police found a missing safe that matches the description of one missing from Brinkmann’s apartment in the middle of Murray’s living room floor, along with a photo identification card and tax records bearing Brinkmann’s name, according to court records.

    Appearing in Manhattan Criminal Court Sunday, Murray, of 1246 Crosby Ave., pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder and three counts of robbery, according to a Manhattan district attorney spokeswoman. She was remanded to prison without bail.


  2. Morgan Says:
    August 3rd, 2009 at 1:04 pm

    If it were up to me, the bastards who killed Felix Brinkmann would get their butts fried until they were burnt to a crisp. They’re lucky the law allows more merciful punishment.

  3. Wyatt Earp Says:
    August 3rd, 2009 at 1:32 pm

    JPL – Thanks. Good to know they pinched someone on this.

    Morgan – And I don’t think NY has the death penalty. Pity.

  4. Alan B Says:
    August 3rd, 2009 at 1:37 pm

    That was fast! Well done the cops!!

    You seem to be correct. NY Second degree murder 15-25 years to life (according to Wiki)

  5. RT Says:
    August 3rd, 2009 at 2:19 pm

    Just no words. Truly awful.

  6. John D Says:
    August 3rd, 2009 at 3:16 pm

    I was thinking the same thing about NY’s death penalty. We did have a death penalty law, but it was struck down as unconstitutional by the NYS Court of Appeals in People v. LaValle(2004). Sadly, none of our useless politicians (is that redundant?) has raised a finger to rewrite the law to address the court’s objections.

  7. MissLiz Says:
    August 3rd, 2009 at 5:54 pm

    Find the perpetrators, round up any additional family members who share the perpetrators DNA and neuter them.

    For the perpetrators, skin them alive very slowly. When it looks like they may expire, hook em up to an IV with a sprinkling of adrenalin. Wash and repeat as necessary.

  8. Sully Says:
    August 3rd, 2009 at 7:25 pm

    I just don’t have the words to express how upset this makes me.

  9. serr8d Says:
    August 3rd, 2009 at 8:11 pm

    You’re right, this country is doomed. Unless there’s enough good people left to overwhelm this sort of thing…likely, though, it’ll be a runaway losing battle.

    But we can never give up on our core principles. Even as we like to speak of skinning alive and boiling in vinegar as a tempting option, we will settle for 25 to life, and hope the Warden is a Joe Arpaio adherent.

  10. MeToo Says:
    August 4th, 2009 at 9:15 am

    Mr. Brinkmann knew far too much of and endured too much torture in his lifetime. I am sure God has a special place for Brinkmann and I am just as certain God has a special place for Murray and her accomplice. I am hopeful she will get a small taste of hell in jail.

  11. Wyatt Earp Says:
    August 4th, 2009 at 11:46 am

    Alan B – Figures. *sigh*

    RT – A terrible, terrible story.

    John D – Of course not, because NY is a liberal wasteland anymore.

    Miss Liz – You’ve got my vote.

    Sully – The people who did this should be shot . . . then hanged.

    Serr8d – I agree. I’d prefer life imprisonment with no chance of parole.

    Me Too – Hopefully, there are some people sympathetic to Brinkmann’s fate in the joint.