Crime Scene Tours

Renactment of the murder.

Renactment of the murder of Bönnigheim’s mayor at the crime scene. Photo by Boris Lehner, courtesy of the city of Bönnigheim.

This city tour delivers American history in a true crime package.

In a rare German murder case that was solved 37 years later in America, an assassin gunned down Bönnigheim’s mayor in 1835. He fled to the United States and became the first soldier to die defending Robert E. Lee in battle. Why couldn’t the German investigator solve the case? What was the murderer’s escape route? Why was Robert E. Lee so impressed with the assassin? And how did someone in Washington, DC solve the case? Author and former American prosecutor Ann Marie Ackermann will guide you through the crime scene and delve into those questions.

Next tour in English:

September 17,  2017, 2:00 p.m., followed by a book signing. Starting place: Kavaliersbau courtyard, next to Bönnigheim’s palace, Hauptstrasse 15. Cost: €5 per person.

Next tour in German:

September 24,  2017, 2:00 p.m., with a Bänklesänger. Followed by a book signing. Starting place: Kavaliersbau courtyard, next to Bönnigheim’s palace, Hauptstrasse 15. Cost: €5 per person.

Do you want to book a tour?

In Bönnigheim, Germany, I offer crime scene tours in both English and German. Please contact me through the contact form on this site if you’re interested. I charge €40.00 for up to 50 participants.

Bönnigheim's mayor unveiling a monument to the murder victim during a city tour in September 2015.

Bönnigheim’s mayor and I unveiling a monument to the murder victim during a city tour in September 2015.

 

 

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