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Austrian cafe ‘princess’ on trial for killings

Vienna court will hear case against Esti Carranza for murdering two men

Vienna court will hear case against Esti Carranza for murdering two men

THE trial of a woman accused of murdering both her husband and lover in the cafe she ran and then burying the dismembered bodies alongside tubs of pistachio ice-cream in the cellar has begun in Vienna.

THE trial of a woman accused of murdering both her husband and lover in the cafe she ran and then burying the dismembered bodies alongside tubs of pistachio ice-cream in the cellar has begun in Vienna.

The trial of Goidsargi Estibaliz “Esti” Carranza has gripped the Alpine country. It is the third criminal process featuring basements in Austria in recent years, following the Natascha Kampusch and Josef Fritzl cases.

Prosecutors yesterday dubbed her “singularly cold-blooded” as they described how the men in her life were killed, their bodies cut up with a chainsaw, bagged into plastic sacks and then
cemented in concrete next to the ice-cream tubs in her cellar.

Carranza, who has joint Spanish-Mexican citizenship, is charged with shooting dead her husband, Holger Holz, in 2008 and in 2010 her new partner – Manfred Hinterberger – with a .22 calibre Beretta pistol.

She allegedly switched on ice-cream-making equipment in her Schlekeria cafe to drown out the noise of the chainsaw as she cut them into pieces.

She prepared herself well for the killings and later disposal of the corpses – first taking lessons in marksmanship, followed by a night school course in “the mixing and application of concrete”.

The mens’ remains were discovered by chance during maintenance work in June 2011. After going on the run to Italy, Carranza was captured several days afterwards and extradited.

When arrested, she was two months pregnant by another man, whom she married in prison in March this year.

The baby was born in January but the boy was immediately taken away from her and is now reportedly being looked after by Carranza’s parents in Barcelona.
A psychiatric report commissioned by the court said that Carranza, now in a unit for the “mentally abnormal”, was dangerous and was like a “princess … who just wants to be ‘rescued’ by a man”.

She confessed in court to the killings, saying: “I only chopped the body of my husband up with a chainsaw after it had started to decompose. I put the pieces in a freezer before encasing them in concrete.”

Within two years of her husband’s demise, she had a new boyfriend, but was unhappy with him, describing their relationship as like “having a plastic bag over one’s head”.

When she accused him of flirting with another woman he went to sleep.

“He just turned around and considered it done. I was so angry. I had the pistol under the mattress. I took it out, reloaded it and shot him,” she said.

Immediately after disposing of Mr Hinterberger, she booked an “urgent manicure appointment” in order to repair her damaged nails, the court heard.

“This woman has two faces,” prosecutor Petra Freh told the packed courtroom. “She will try to play here the part of someone well-behaved, who would never do something like this.

“My task is to show you her other side … That she is a singularly cold-blooded and unscrupulous killer,” Ms Freh said. “Do not be fooled.”

Wearing a grey dress and glasses, Carranza showed no emotion as the accusations against her were read out.

The trial is scheduled to last several days. Carranza reportedly will claim both men had abused her physically and psychologically.

A verdict is expected next week.

 
 
 

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