Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Shot Down In Flames, Twice ...

Manfred von Richthofen was, in my estimation, the greatest and most feared fighter pilot of World War One. With 73 proven kills to his name, it was no wonder that the young allied pilots were so petrified when they took to the skies. For some time after the Great War, many historians refused to believe that von Richtofen had faired quite so well in the air with some insisting that his tally had been exaggerated for reasons of propaganda. However, after years of painstaking research, his claims have since been confirmed. The Red Baron, as he was nicknamed, finally met his maker when he was shot down over the Somme on 21st April 1918.

88 years later, his family have hit the headlines again - not for aeronautical bravery, but for greed and murder.

On 23rd July, Suzane von Richthofen, whose father was a great nephew of Manfred, was found guilty of murdering her parents in San Paulo, Brazil. Along with her ex-boyfriend and his brother, the 22 year old was jailed for 39 years for the killings that took place back in 2002. Roberto Tardelli, the Chief Prosecutor, said that von Richthofen was motivated by a desire to "get her hands on the money and assets her parents had worked so hard to obtain" and that she "wanted her freedom and independence without having to work for it".

Apparently, the murders took place when Suzane von Richthofen's parents opposed their daughter's relationship with Daniel Cravinhos, who was from a lower class family. Von Richthofen took offence, planned the deed with Cravinhos and his brother, then beat her parents to death.

Great great uncle Manfred would be somewhat disappointed ...

Stu

3 Comments:

Anonymous Cat said...

Sao Paolo matey Sao Paolo (if you mean the big sprawling city everyone thinks is the capital)

Tuesday, July 25, 2006 6:01:00 pm  
Blogger Stu said...

Cat, you know as well as I do that Sao Paolo is it's name in Portugese ... I am British, so are you. Don't be so pikkie.

Tuesday, July 25, 2006 6:23:00 pm  
Blogger dom said...

I'm British and call it Sao , only an inept would call it San ...Probably why you live in France.
And why would an American slag you off for this , except to correct your appalling spelling , Portugese or not ?

Thursday, August 10, 2006 3:13:00 am  

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