The police inspector investigating the abduction of Natascha Kampusch in 1998 was highly likely murdered, it has emerged.
Chief inspector Franz Kröll was found dead in his apartment in Graz in June 2010 a few months after he was prohibited by Vienna state prosecutors in December 2009 from continuing an investigation into whether the Kampusch kidnapping was carried out by a paedophile ring.
Kröll was alleged to have committed suicide by making use of his left hand to shoot himself. However, he was right-handed and medical experts have cast doubt on whether he would have used his left hand. In addition, no traces of a shot being fired were found on his hands in a forensic test done immediately afterwards and that would have made more tests invaiid.
Kröll had made a detailed report on the activities of kidnapper Wolfgang Priklopil on the day that Kampusch escaped from her captor in summer of 2006, and was of the opinion that Priklopil could have been murdered and his body thrown onto railway tracks before a train almost nine hours after the police were alerted following Kampusch’s escape, newly released police files reveal.
Also, Priklopil made 13 phone calls after Kampusch escaped, sparking speculation that he could have informed other members of the paedophile ring involved in the abduction. No investigation into these 13 people was carried out.
State prosecutors in Innsbruck recently opened a probe into whether five state prosecutors in Vienna conspired to block the investigation into the kidnapping of Kampusch following a report critical of the investigation by leading judge Johann Rzeszut.
Kröll’s brother has also expressed doubts about the official version that his brother committed suicide. He noted that objects in connection with the Kampusch case had been removed from his brother’s flat. Other colleagues of Franz Kröll have reported that he felt that the official version was a tissue of lies and that he found it hard to go along with the deception.
Austria has recently been rocked by justice scandals, including a fresh debate about the cover up of the death of 155 in the Kaprun disaster.
More on the developments in the Kampusch case here: http://austrianindependent.com/news/General_News/2010-11-03/5171/Kampusch_case_retrial_possible