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Tours in English about the murder case are available by appointment. They take place in Bönnigheim, Germany. I charge 40.00€ per tour with a maximum of 50 people. Contact me at ann.marie.ackermann@gmail.com to organize a tour. I also offer tours in German.

This city tour delivers American history in a true crime package. In a rare German murder case that was solved 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? What did Robert E. Lee have to say about the murderer? 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.

Renactment of the murder.

Renactment of the murder of Bönnigheim’s mayor at the crime scene. Participants of the city tour will have a chance to visit the scene. Photo by Boris Lehner, courtesy of the city of Bönnigheim, with special thanks to Bönnigheim’s historical society. Historische Nachstellung des Stadtschultheißmords am Tatort. Teilnehmer der Stadtführung werden die Stelle besuchen. Foto von Boris Lehner, mit freundlicher Genehmigung der Stadt Bönnigheim und einem besonderen Dank an die Historische Gesellschaft Bönnigheim.

Upcoming events:

April or May 2017: Television interview. I will appear in the King Ludwig II of Bavaria episode of the new UKTV series on Royal Murder Mysteries, exact date to be announced. With luck, this series will also air on the Discovery Channel in the USA. Danny O’Brien interviewed me for four hours at the exact spot where King Ludwig died. We went through the evidence and walked the king’s last walk. I even donned my rubber boots and waded through the water where the king entered the lake to make a point about footprints.

UKTV interview for Royal Murder Mysteries.

My UKTV Interview on the death of King Ludwig II. Courtesy of Danny O’Brien. King Ludwig died in the lake behind this bench.

 

September 15, 2017: Book launch!

September 17, 2017, 2:00 p.m., Bönnigheim, Germany: “Crime Scene Bönnigheim: Württemberg’s Most Spectacular Historical Murder and its Connection to US History.” Crime Scene Tour in English followed by a book signing. The tour will offer behind-the-scenes information about the murder. We’ll listen to the witnesses in their own words, trace the murderer’s escape route through the alleys of Bönnigheim, and learn how the case could be solved 37 years later in Washington, D.C.  Cost: €5 per person. Starting place: Kavaliersbau courtyard, next to Bönnigheim’s palace, Hauptstrasse 15.

September 23, 2017, 7:00 p.m., Bietigheim-Bissingen, Germany: “Württemberg’s Most Spectacular Historical Murder and its Connection to US History.” A book reading/powerpoint presentation in English, with food and drink. We’ll serve you some Trollinger, Sylvaner, and Elbling, the three wine varieties Bönnigheim grew in 1835, the year of the murder. Cost: To be determined; circa €5 per person. Bietigheimer Bücherstube, Hauptstrasse 23; Tel. (07142) 44445.

September 24, 2017, 2:00 p.m., Bönnigheim, Germany: “Crime Scene Bönnigheim: Württemberg’s Most Spectacular Historical Murder and its Connection to US History.” Crime Scene Tour in German followed by a book signing. In accompaniment of a German minstrel (Bänklesänger), this tour will offer behind-the-scenes information about the murder. We’ll listen to the witnesses in their own words, trace the murderer’s escape route through the alleys of Bönnigheim, and learn how the case could be solved 37 years later in Washington, D.C.  Cost: €5 per person. Starting place: Kavaliersbau courtyard, next to Bönnigheim’s palace, Hauptstrasse 15.

October 2017: Book tour in the United States. Planned stops are Nashville, Tennessee, Chicago, Milwaukee, Kent, Ohio, Philadelphia, and Richmond Virginia. Exact dates to be announced.

Past Events:

October 31, 2016: Crime Scene Tour in English for the Deutsch-Amerikanisches Zenturum (German-American Center) in Stuttgart. “Crime Scene Bönnigheim: Württemberg’s Most Spectacular Historical Murder and its Connection to US History.”

October 23, 2016:  2:00 pm: Crime Scene Tour in German. “Tatort Bönnigheim:  Mord an Bönnigheims Bürgermeiser.” Stadtführung auf Deutch mit Schwerpunkt auf dem Rieber-Mord.

October 21, 2016: Crime Scene Tour in English for the Schiller International University in Heidelberg.

October 6, 2016: Interview with House of Mystery Radio Show. “Death of an Assassin — Ann Marie Ackermann — True Crime German.”

April 24, 2016, 2:00 pm: Crime Scene Tour in English sponsored by the City of Bönnigheim.” Crime Scene Bönnigheim: Württemberg’s Most Spectacular Historical Murder and its Connection to US History.”

April 20, 2016: Lecture in German at the Württemberg state archives for the Ludwigsburg murder mystery festival. “Tatort Bönnigheim:  Württembergs spektakulärster Mordfall und seine Verbindung zur amerikanischen Geschichte”. Staatsarchiv Ludwigsburg, Arsenalplatz 3. Ann Marie Ackermann stellt anhand der Strafakten aus dem Staatsarchiv einen Kriminalfall aus dem Jahr 1835 vor.

October 7, 2015. Lecture for the Zabergäuverein (in German) on Bönnigheim’s most spectacular murder case and its connection to American history. Vortrag für den Zabergäuverein über Bönnigheims spektakulärsteren Mordfall und seine Verbindung zur amerikanischen Geschichte. Gasthaus Ochsen, Brackenheimer Str. 51, Güglingen-Frauenzimmern.  [Vortrag auf Deutsch]

Unveiling of Bönnigheim's memorial to its murdered 19th century mayor.

Unveiling of Bönnigheim’s memorial to its murdered 19th-century mayor.

September 27, 2015. Guided tour of Bönnigheim with a focus on the Rieber murder and its connection to American history (in German). Stadtführung auf Deutch mit Schwerpunkt auf dem Rieber-Mord. Treffpunkt: Ganerbenbrunnen auf dem Marktplatz, Bönnigheim. German press coverage here.

Behind the radio microphone.

Behind the radio microphone. Photo courtesy of Jörg Palitzsch. Hinter dem Radio-Mikrofon. Foto von Jörg Palitzsch, mit freundlicher Genehmigung.

 June 11, 2015. Radio interview in German about the murder case and how I discovered it. Klinikenradio Bietigheim-Ludwigsburg e.V. Interview with radio host Jörg Palitzsch (in German). Available online at: Staatsanwältin und Autorin im Kliniken-Radio: Interview mit Ann-Marie Ackermann

Photo following the lecture.

With the chairman of Bönnigheim’s historical society, Kurt Sartorius, following the lecture. Photo courtesy of the historical society. Mit dem Vorsitzender der historischen Gesellschaft Bönnigheim, Kurt Sartorius, nach dem Vortrag. Mit freundlicher Genehmigung der Historischen Gesellschaft.

March 18, 2015. Lecture for Bönnigheim’s Historical Society on “Bönnigheim’s most spectacular murder case and its connection to American history.” Vortrag für die Historische Gesellschaft Bönnigheim über “önnigheims spektakulärsten Mordfall und seine Verbindung zur amerikanischen Geschichte. Schwäbisches Schnapsmuseum, Mitgliederversammlung am 18.3. 2015

 

 

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2 Comments

  1. Bonnie gore
    Jan 6, 2015

    Info mailed today… Read tons of bacground on ref. and local sources… Let me know what you find … Text Jackie to tell me.sign me up for tour. Danke… Love all of web site… So does Frank… I value his taste.

    • Ann Marie
      Jan 6, 2015

      Thanks, Bonnie. I have discovered some interesting information since we last talked, but I am going to leave you in suspense for awhile.

      If you want to come out here to Germany for the tour, Bonnie, I’d love it! Don’t book with Jackie; please book it with me. 🙂

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