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Thomas Gotthard, a Lutheran priest who confessed to killing his wife and dissolving her body in acid imitating the TV series “Breaking Bad,” was sentenced to 15 years in prison in Denmark.
Gotthard, 44, admitted during a closed-door hearing on Tuesday that he killed his wife, Maria From Jakobsen (43) in the middle of a marital dispute and a relationship that began with another woman with whom he was “madly in love.” reported the Danish portal The Local.
“I killed Maria”, Gotthard said at the end of his trial. “I finished with his life; she did not deserve that fate. I am guilty of having lied and cheated everyone. I’ve been a total bully. I sent my life to the dark where I want to stay. No one should feel sorry for me. “
Gotthard, who He kept his innocence until last month She said divorcing Jakobsen would have caused “problems” for her and the couple’s two children. After hit her on the back of the head with a rock, the priest decided to dispose of the body in acid in a 54 gallon feed barrel, imitating an episode of “Breaking Bad”, according to the report.
Gotthard said he kept his wife’s body in a locked shed inside the barrel for one night before move him to an abandoned farm. Then he sprayed the corpse in almost 12 gallons of hydrochloric acid and 13 pounds of caustic soda to dissolve it, but the barrel ended up being too heavy to move, he explained.
So he divided Jakobsen’s remains into two smaller barrels, which buried and then dug up to cut the remaining parts into smaller pieces. Later burned and buried the remaining bones.
“This is not an unhappy love story about a man who couldn’t get the love of his life,” said prosecutor Anne-Mette Seerup. “On the contrary, this is a man who saw his wife as a block and a chain around his leg.”
Jakobsen was last seen in late October 2020 and her sister reported her missing the next day. Gotthard told investigators at the time that she had left her home in Frederikssund because she was depressed, also abandoning her phone, credit cards and computer.
Three weeks later, Gotthard was arrested and suspended from his position as pastor. In April he was charged with murder after investigators found hydrochloric acid and caustic soda in the couple’s home, as well as Internet searches on your computer for terms like “depth of the sea,” “barrels of oil,” “suicide,” and “cleanup.”
Prosecutors had requested the maximum 15-year sentence facing Gotthard. “His only regret is that he was caught,” prosecutor Seerup said of the defendant. He added that Gotthard took authorities to Jakobsen’s body only because they were already searching nearby. “The police were on his heels.”
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