hinterkaifeck
by john garland wells


Poetry / prose concerning the Hinterkaifeck murders.
Illustrated. B&W images.
86 pgs.
US Trade (6 x 9 in / 152 x 229 mm)

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On March 31, 1922, the Gruber family and their servant were found dead in their secluded farmhouse in the picturesque German hamlet of Kaifeck. The family farm was a testament to hard work and perseverance, nestled among rolling hills and dense forests. The couple, Andreas and Cäzilia, had spent their lives cultivating the land and raising their daughter, Viktoria, and her two children. Despite the idyllic setting, dark forces lurked beneath the surface lay hidden passions and secrets. When a gruesome massacre left the family and their servant dead, the village was left reeling in shock. 

 Investigations revealed that the Grubers had become estranged, with rumors of affairs and grudges lingering. Speculation ran wild, pointing fingers towards a possible wandering stranger or any potential suitor seeking to claim the family's fortune. In contrast, others suspect one of the family members hiding secret desires. 

As the years passed, the mystery deepened further, continuing to baffle investigators, with leads always coming up dry; whispers of supernatural forces circulated among the local population. Despite numerous investigations, no culprit has ever been identified, leaving only questions and speculation. The fate of the Gruber family seems destined to remain an eternal enigma.

The German village continues to captivate those brave enough to confront its past. It has become infamous for the evil that lurks beneath the calm facade, waiting to strike without warning. Even the most seemingly tranquil settings can hide sinister and tragic memories.