Dressed in Gothic black, some in corsets and heavily tattooed as they pose for the camera, an image of the four ‘sex slaves’ who died in an apparent murder-suicide pact along with their ‘cult leader’ has emerged in the crossbow killings which have shocked Germany.
The women – at least two of who knew him through a medieval-obsessed Torsten Weiss, 53, through a martial arts club – are thought to have fallen under the spell of the amateur psychologist.
It is not known when or where the picture was taken and police are continuing to piece together exactly how the four all knew each other and came to die alongside Weiss in a macabre pact.
On Saturday, Weiss was found in a Bavarian hotel laid out on the bed with Farina Caspari, 30, both killed by crossbow bolts through their hearts, while the suspected shooter, Kerstin Enders, 33, had a self-inflicted fatal arrow wound through the neck.
Two days later, 400 miles north of the gruesome scene in Bavaria, Capari’s partner, Gertrud C., 35, and Carina U., 19, were discovered dead at Caspari’s apartment in Wittingen. It has not yet known how they died.
From left to right: Kerstin Enders, Farina Caspari, Gertrud C and Carina U appear in this dark and bizarre photo
Farina Caspari, 30 (left and right), has emerged as the trigger-woman behind at least three of the five deaths in Germany’s ‘crossbow killings’
Caspari is thought to have killed Torsten Weiss (left) and Kerstin Enders (right) with a crossbow bolt to the heart each before turning the weapon on herself in an elaborate murder-suicide
Weiss has emerged as the link between the four female victims, who appeared to be part of a ‘sex cult’. He is pictured here alongside Carina U, 19, who was found dead at a separate address
Weiss has been described as a domineering figure who treated women ‘like slaves’ and ran a medieval-themed shop filled with weapons, Knights Templar flags and a blood-spattered mannequin on the counter.
He appears to have controlled the four women like a harsh sect leader who used physical force and psychological manipulation, Bild daily and RTL television reported.
In one image he is seen with Carina U, whose parents said she had fallen under Weiss’s spell years ago and broken off contact with them.
‘Investigators suspect they were all members of a kind of sex circle with a focus on the Middle Ages. Torsten Weiss may have been the guru of the group,’ reported RTL after interviewing several people who knew them.
Gertrud C, a primary school teacher and registered partner of Caspari, was found dead alongside Carina. It is not clear how they died
Caspari was a baking assistant in a civil partnership with Gertrud C – they shared the apartment together in Wittengen.
The others to die had been isolated from their families and appear to have fallen under the spell of Weiss.
He was holding hands on the bed in Passau with Enders who had also been shot in the heart with a bolt. Caspari’s body was alongside them. None of them had defensive wounds.
The others two victims – Caspari’s teacher partner Gertrud C – and Carina U were found at the apartment in Wittingen.
Their cause of death remains unclear, but police said they had been dead for several days, that no crossbows or arrows were found, and there were no signs of a struggle.
The case has, as yet, stumped police, with Passau prosecutor Walter Feiler admitting: ‘We have five dead, that much is clear. Everything else is in doubt.’
What we do know is that, at the time of his death, Weiss was living with Enders in the village of Westerwald where the pair ran a bizarre medieval-themed shop.
On the shop’s Facebook page it offers mead – an alcoholic drink from the Middle Ages brewed with honey – for sale along with a collection of weapons.
The shop also offered sword fighting classes twice a week, on Tuesday and Thursday.
Weiss was the legal owner of his medieval-themed shop until May 2018, but worked there until his death. It is not clear who owned the shop before or after him.
It is thought the four female victims knew each other through Weiss (pictured), who was described as a domineering figure who isolated them from their families
German police are investigating five deaths more than 400 miles apart which they say are linked, but are not sure how. The case has captivated the nation
Weiss and Enders were living together in Westerwald at the time of their deaths , where they ran a bizarre medieval-themed shop (pictured)
Weiss kept a mannequin dressed in ripped lingerie and spattered with fake blood on the counter, with chains and ropes around her neck and arms
Little is known about Enders or how she met Weiss, but police say before the pair died they had written up wills.
Together with Caspari, the pair shared a love of the Middle Ages and in particular jousting, which they actively participated in.
Weiss, Enders and Caspari had been on the way back from a jousting tournament in Germany when they died, according to Bild.
Before he owned his shop, Weiss had lived in a rented farmhouse which he shared with Caspari, partner Gertrud and Carina in Lower Saxony.
The house was located on a 500-year-old horse farm which comprised several buildings, a former manor, 40,000sqm of land, stables and a riding arena.
The foursome are reported to have lived there for two months in 2017.
Alexander Krüger, 44, the man who rented the farmhouse to Weiss, described him as a ‘master’ who ordered the women about.
Speaking to Bild, Kruger said that Weiss initially claimed to be a psychologist wanting to rent the farmhouse with his girlfriend, who he described as a lawyer.
The shop (pictured) also contains a number of medieval weapons and assorted props, but is otherwise empty. Neighbours said Weiss held sword fighting classes twice a week
A selection of weapons was show on the shop’s Facebook page alongside a sign bearing its name, Milites conductius
Weiss, who is believed to be the link between the four female victims, also advertised mead – an alcoholic drink made with honey – on his webpage
A sign advertising Weiss’s training classes at 6pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays
But after signing the lease the girlfriend never came back, Kruger said, and was instead replaced by a lesbian couple who where joined later by a much younger girl – believed to be Caspari, Gertrud and Carina.
Kruger said: ‘His tone with them was strange. They were almost submissive, I had the impression that they are hardly allowed to talk to me.
‘His tone was so harsh. Strikingly harsh. Not the way you talk to anyone. It was in short imperative sentences.
‘Their reaction, the body language was submissive, holding their heads down. If I did not know better, I’d say they were really scared of him.
‘He was the great master. He gave orders.’
Kruger added that all three women dressed in heavy black clothing, while one of them had a shaved head.
Weiss is reported to have met Caspari, a bakery saleswoman, and Gertrud, a primary school teacher, at a martial arts class some time before 2017.
Around the same time the women met him, they severed contact with their families.
Weiss is said to have met Carina while she was still a minor after she had run away from her family and was living in state care.
After turning 18 she left care and moved in with Weiss.
RTL spoke with a couple who feared she wa the 19-year-old woman found dead in Wittingen was their daughter Carina, who they said had fallen under the spell of Weiss years ago and broken off contact with them.
An online advert for Weiss’s shop. Police said he shared an obsession with all things medieval with Caspari and Enders
Weiss, Enders and Caspari actively participated in jousting and were returning from a tournament in Austria when they died (pictured, and advert for Weiss’s shop)
The once joyful girl had come into contact with him through martial arts classes and quickly become withdrawn and depressive, the parents said, recalling how she had died her hair black and soon moved out.
The mother recalled how initially Carina ‘was raving about Torsten, Torsten, Torsten’, while the father said that ‘until today I don’t understand how someone manages in four to six weeks to manipulate someone like that’.
German police discovered the bodies of Weiss, Enders, and Caspari on Saturday inside a guesthouse in Passau, in southern Germany.
Officers trying to inform Caspari’s partner of her death then stumbled into another murder scene in Wittingen
Officers said the two women were dressed all in black, while Weiss was described as having multiple piercings and alchemy tattoos.
Weiss and Enders were both on the bed, holding hands, and had been killed by a single crossbow bolt through the heart.
The killer – believed to be Caspari – had fired two more bolts into Weiss’ chest and two into his head, and a second into Enders’ forehead after they died.
Caspari had then shot herself in the neck with the crossbow, which would have killed her instantly, detectives said.
Police believe the trio died on Friday night before being discovered the next day. Wills drawn up for Weiss and Enders were found in their possession.
Detectives used Caspari’s identity to trace Gertrud C, who was registered as her partner, to an apartment that the pair shared in Wittengen, 400 miles north.
They arrived on Monday intending to inform Gertrud of her partner’s death, but stumbled upon another murder scene instead.
Inside they found the bodies of Gertrud and Carina U, 19, who was thought to be living there at the time.
Police have not made it clear how the two women died, but said no crossbows or bolts were found at the second scene.
It is thought that Gertrud and Carina were killed before the triple-murder in Passau took place.
A police spokesman told Focus the women had died ‘a few days ago.’
One neighbour in Wittingen told local media that the pair were, ‘always dressed in black. So gothic-wise.’
Caspari’s lover, 35-year-old Gertrud C, was found dead in Wittingen alongside Carina U, 19 (pictured, bodies are carried out of the property)
Undertakers carry a body bag from the house in Wittingen on Monday as police investigate the deaths of two other women connected to the deaths in Passau
A police car stands in front of a building where the bodies of two women were found at an apartment, in Wittlingen on Monday
The three killed by crossbow had checked into the riverside hotel Zur Triftsperre, close to the Austrian border, on a rainy Friday night.
They were on their way back from Austria, according to Bild, where at least one of the crossbows had been bought.
Caspari reportedly paid the £260 (300 euros) in advance for three nights without breakfast before they all disappeared into their room.
The three were carrying no luggage and returned to the carpark only later to collect the crossbow bags.
Three crossbows were found by police in the room, one still packed in its bag.
German law tightly restricts firearms but archery equipment is freely available as sports equipment and anyone over 18 can purchase a high-powered crossbow.