The Scholl Case: The Deadly End of a Marriage Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
Brigitte Scholl disappeared on 29 December 2011, the day after her 47th wedding anniversary. The flowers her husband had given her - red roses - were still on the living room table; in the corner stood the Christmas tree, straight as a die and lavishly decorated. Everything had to be just so. It was to be perfect right up to the end.
A woman is brutally murdered and buried in the woods. Suspicion falls on her husband - the former mayor of a small town south of Berlin. They had been married almost 50 years and were considered the perfect couple.
Award-winning journalist Anja Reich-Osang covered the trial. She spoke with relatives and friends of the victim and the accused - and with the former mayor himself, who denies his guilt to this day. But there is more to this story than the question of innocence or guilt. The Scholl Case is about a marriage, about a small town, about sex and politics.
It is a psychological profile of a man driven to succeed - a man who started with nothing, conquered the world, and then lost all he had gained.
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|Listening Length||5 hours and 39 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com.au Release Date||03 October 2016|
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170,408 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals)
57 in Criminal & Forensic Psychology
108 in Con Artists, Hoaxes & Deceptions True Crime
128 in Domestic Partner Abuse (Audible Books & Originals)
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By Nicki Kendall on 11 May 2020
In early 2012, Heinrich Scholl was charged with the murder of his wife of 47 years. Her body, and that of her cocker-spaniel, were found in woods on December 30th, 2011. Heinrich was the former mayor of Ludwigsfelde, and well-respected in the community. His trial lasted eight months and he was convicted of Brigitte’s murder, for which he is currently serving a life sentence in the prison in Brandenburg an der Havel. He maintains his claim of innocence.
Reich-Osang attended the trial and was given permission by Scholl to conduct research about him. She states that her book is based on observations made during the trial, and interviews with the defendant, with friends and relations of both the victim and the defendant as well as business colleagues, politician friends, lawyers and others who could provide information about the couple.
This book examines in detail the events in the lives of this couple, both as individuals and together, from their teenage years onwards. Reich-Osang tracks the changes in what was essentially a marriage of convenience, changes that ultimately led to Brigitte’s murder. Reich-Osang herself makes no judgment on Scholl’s guilt or innocence, allowing the facts that her meticulous research has uncovered to speak for themselves. Flawlessly translated by Imogen Taylor, this is a fascinating read.
Thanks to NetGalley and Text Publishing Company for the ARC