Assassination at Stilfser Notch

It’s the year 1876. On July 15th, Henry and Madeleine Tourville arrive in Spondinig near Schluderns in Vinschgau from London. The married couple wants to enjoy nature and takes a trip to the Stilfser Notch the next day. But hours later, Henry returns alone. Obviously confused, he gets caught up in tangled explanations. His wife fell, he says at first. Later he claims that she tried to end her own life.

Lies and deception, as was found out during the trial a year later in Bolzano. Just below the Franz Hill, as witnesses and evidence claim, Henry must have intentionally pushed his hapless wife to her death. An assassination – and not his first. The details that came to light during the trial in South Tyrolean capital were a true feast for criminologists. Henry Tourville, whose real name was actually Perreau, got rid of his first wife and her mother years ago in order to get his hands on their fortune.

The international press descends upon Bolzano during the 10-day trial and creats South Tyrol’s first PR campaign. After Henry’s sentencing and death by hanging, many English tourists come with their wives to area, on holiday, to relax, to hike, and perhaps even for the spooky shiver effect.

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