I kidnapped my daughter's killer - it was the only way I could get justice

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I kidnapped my daughter's killer - it was the only way I could get justice - Mirror Online

When 14-year-old Kalinka was found dead in 1982, her father Andre Bamberski, a quietly-spoken Catholic man, took the law into his own hands

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Andre Bamberski (right) kidnapped the killer of his daughter, Dr Dieter Krombach (left)

For three long decades Andre Bamberski waged a tireless campaign to win justice for the daughter he was sure had been murdered. Pretty, sports-mad Kalinka, 14, was found dead in suspicious circumstances in 1982.

Her mum’s new husband, a German doctor, had given her an injection at their lakeside home in Bavaria.

But a bungled investigation, disputed post mortem and conflicting medical evidence left Andre convinced she had been drugged, raped and murdered by the stepfather, suave cardiologist Dr Dieter Krombach.

This was the start of an epic quest which saw French accountant Andre, now 76, take on police, prosecutors and the European Court of Justice in a bid to get Krombach extradited to France and face trial.

It took over his life and cost him a fortune. And when all official channels finally failed, Andre, a quietly-spoken and devout Roman Catholic, decided to take the law into his own hands.

In a plot worthy of any action movie, the grey-haired dad hired two men to kidnap Krombach from Germany and take him across the border into France.

He was then dumped – bound, gagged and bleeding – outside a prosecutor’s office in the town of Mulhouse, where police found him after a phone tip off from a mysterious Russian – in fact Andre putting on an accent.

The desperate ploy worked. In 2011, Krombach, 75, was convicted and jailed for 15 years for administering the injection which killed his stepdaughter.

But the kidnappers – Kosovan Anton Krasniqi and Kacha Bablovani from Georgia – were caught and jailed too, and found to be acting on the orders of Andre Bamberski.

After 30 years fighting for justice for his daughter, he didn’t care if he went to jail as long as her killer was locked up too.

On Wednesday of this week he was finally convicted of ordering the kidnap. But in one final extraordinary twist, he escaped jail and was given just a one year suspended sentence.

The prosecutor even praised Andre, now something of a French folk hero, for his “courage and perseverance”.

The saga began in July 1982 when Andre’s ex-wife Daniele rang to break the news that Kalinka, their bubbly blue-eyed blonde daughter who loved windsurfing and ice-skating, had been found dead in bed by Krombach.

The doctor told investigators that the evening before he had injected her with iron and cobalt to treat anaemia and given her a sleeping tablet.

But a post mortem later found evidence that the teenager had been raped and had choked on her own vomit while she was unconscious.

Despite this, Krombach, a former diplomat with friends in high places, was never formally interviewed. German *prosecutors decided Kalinka’s death was an accident and closed the case.

Andre, whose son Nicolas had also lived with Krombach, fought to get it reopened. When that failed he travelled to Germany and began delivering leaflets to Krombach’s neighbours accusing him of raping and murdering his daughter.

Krombach sued for defamation and was awarded damages of £150,000 – which Andre never paid.

Attempts to get Krombach extradited to France failed but Andre began building up evidence about errors in the autopsy and investigation. He admits there were times when he felt like giving up, but explained: “It was not possible to stop because every day I had more proof.”

In the meantime his ex-wife divorced Krombach in 1989. Then in 1995 a French court decided to try him in his absence. He was found guilty of manslaughter and sentenced to 15 years. But he appealed to the European Court of Human Rights, which later quashed the conviction.

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Victim and kidnapper: Kalinka Bamberski with Dieter Krombach

Andre was given new hope in 1997 when Krombach was convicted of drugging and raping a 16-year-old female patient. Five other patients came forward to make complaints of rape against him, but their testimonies were rejected owing to a lack of forensic evidence.

They included two sisters whose mother had been befriended by Krombach. He took them on holiday to London and the south of France where, they alleged, he gave them injections of iron and cobalt and raped them. One was just 14.

For what he did to the 16-year-old girl Krombach was given a two-year suspended sentence and struck-off. But in 2006 he was found to be practising without a medical licence. He was prosecuted and served 18 months in jail.

French authorities eventually issued a European arrest warrant for Krombach but the German authorities continued to block it. Time was running out for Andre, who knew that after 30 years no further action could be taken against Krombach under French law.

“I had enough in my head,” said Andre. “I knew that the French government would do nothing. I knew that the German government would do nothing. I decided that I had to do something.”

He admits that murder even crossed his mind, but it was never a serious option.

“It’s necessary for me to have the legal process,” he said. “To kill him was not the solution. To kill him is not justice. I am too correct. I have always been too correct with everybody, with every institution. And nobody did anything for 27 years. It was too much to bear.”

Andre admits he had tried to hire kidnappers before. But two different criminals simply ran off with £20,000 of his cash. The successful kidnap plot was finally hatched in 2009 when he met Anton *Krasniqi. And on October 17 that year Krazniqi and Bablovani abducted the doctor from his house in Scheidegg.

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Happier times: Kalinka with Andre, brother Nicolas and mother Daniele Gonnin

They bundled him into the car, got him across the Austrian border then into Switzerland and finally to Mulhouse, where French police found him trussed up on the pavement. When he gave his name they arrested him as a wanted man.

Unfortunately for Andre, one of the kidnappers had dropped a piece of paper with his own name and address at Krombach’s house.

Both abductors were traced and phone records led police to Andre, who was found in a Mulhouse hotel room with a bag containing €19,000 (£15,000). He was arrested and charged with ordering the kidnap but released, perhaps by a sympathetic judge, on bail set at precisely €19,000.

Krombach’s lawyers launched seven different attempts to have his trial stopped but in December last year, a Paris court finally found him guility of “wilful violence leading to death without intent” and jailed for 15 years.

Before his own court case this week Andre had pondered the prospect of going to prison himself. “If I have to go, I will go,” he shrugged. “Most important is that Krombach is judged.

“For me, it was necessary to do justice. This is my last fight, and I shall dedicate it to the memory of my daughter.”

After the hearing, walking free from court, he said: “For me, this case was closed in December 2012 when Dr Krombach was convicted for the second time. I will not protest against my suspended sentence.

“I have always admitted I was the central person in organising the abduction and transport of Dr Krombach from Germany to France.

“I hope I can have a normal life now. I am a lot more at peace since his conviction.

“I do not spend every hour, day and night, poring over files about my daughter’s case, which is what I had been doing
for many years.

“Since then I have felt that the promise I made to her, whether that be a promise of justice or a promise of finding the truth, has been fulfilled.

“That was what she merited. She was a wonderful girl who did not deserve to be the victim of rumours about the cause of her death. My work is done.”

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... well ok then .. but some may have given the murderer rapist guy a different end ..
 

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The tale of people who had reached a time in life on earth and that meant the this happened.

people don't realise and plan for the impact of TIME.

If one of these people were at a different moment in time, this would never have happened.

Reporting of this stuff , just like TV news asks the viewer/or they feel compelled to partisipate some how, and 'find right and wrong'/choose a side.

I spent years listening to this type of stuff feed to me day after day, and nobody ever asks the question "what do we do with all this info?"

from the age of 5 I worked it out that all people are not trustworthy and are total scum. now I know it's just humans at points in time revolving around a massive nuclear explosion.

I had the chance to ask Henry Rollins what are we suppose to do with all this crap he's been telling people for years, and I didn't bother because I new he wasn't smart enough to know.

All these moments in time are SETUP! you want a different result then you prevent the setup from occuring.

I rode my bike to my daughters house yesturday and I didn't ride on the road because the cars are breading more cars and they think they own the road. I rode past a nice family car that had crossed the full width of the road past oncomming traffic and had tried to push the only object left near the road (all the cows and sheep and chickens and me the bicycle riders have learned our lesson and Never use the road) a TREE.
Well the tree told the car driver to F OFF!
the car driver was so respectful of the trees request they left the car on the side of the road all smashed up. the divers door wide open and the airback blown up and kiddies play toys covering every seat in the car.
I went round the corner to my daughters house and asked all the women living there, "Did anyone die in the car crash just up the street?"
they all had NO idea there was even a crash in their own community.

The way we live is wrong. That's it.
News makes more news. cars breed more cars. signs make more signs. police need more police. laws make more laws, drugs make more drugs, etc...

only point zero zero two percent of people use their brain.

I actually counted how many times I've been right next to somebody and then in the next few moments in time, those people have made the front page news. That figure has reached more than 30. and at the time I noticed them and I knew something was about to happen.

I could have prevented 30 incidents from occuring just by doing something 'random' and acting on my feeling/sense/hunch.

Imagine the outcome in this familys tragity if someone near the mother said "you know just because he's a doctor doesn't mean we should trust him with young girls outside of the office/money grabbing business".

there are rulers of your town and you need to be aware of what impact they have in your life. :)
 

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dreyn77

.. um .. ok .. are you on some sort medication ? .. or not taking something prescribed .. ?

.. cause I am getting a vibe .. that something is off ..
 

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.. um .. ok .. are you on some sort medication ? .. or not taking something prescribed .. ?

.. cause I am getting a vibe .. that something is off ..

Yup. He is bipolar or something, voices in his head kinda nutty.
Couple beers short of a six-pack...
 

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There's no freedom without justice. A man's word is his bond. Listen up folks, this is how a responsible and honorable man speaks.

“For me, it was necessary to do justice. This is my last fight, and I shall dedicate it to the memory of my daughter.”

After the hearing, walking free from court, he said: “For me, this case was closed in December 2012 when Dr Krombach was convicted for the second time. I will not protest against my suspended sentence.

“I have always admitted I was the central person in organising the abduction and transport of Dr Krombach from Germany to France.


Respect to you Sir.
 

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Dreyn, there is something genuinely poetic and philosophical in your post.
 

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I don't have kids. BUT I know this. I will someday, and if anyone lays a single finger on my future children in a harmful way, It would take ever ounce of self control in my body to keep me from doing serious harm to that person.

I can rationalize doing something extreme in that sort of situation, in my mind, that is. However, other things must be considered. The law frowns upon vigilante justice. The judges, police etc...may understand and deep down applaud your actions, but they have a job to do, which would be to lock me up for my actions, no matter how justified. And if it came down to me, feeling that sense of justice, or my future wife and possibly other kids not having their husband/father around, I have to say, I'd choose to grind my teeth, no matter how hard a pill it may be to swallow, and try my best to help justice be served, the lawful way.

I'm against capital punishment, but a situation like that, if it ever happens to me (god forbid) would have my emotions definitely fighting my logic and personal beliefs.
 

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I don't have kids. BUT I know this. I will someday, and if anyone lays a single finger on my future children in a harmful way, It would take ever ounce of self control in my body to keep me from doing serious harm to that person.

I can rationalize doing something extreme in that sort of situation, in my mind, that is. However, other things must be considered. The law frowns upon vigilante justice. The judges, police etc...may understand and deep down applaud your actions, but they have a job to do, which would be to lock me up for my actions, no matter how justified. And if it came down to me, feeling that sense of justice, or my future wife and possibly other kids not having their husband/father around, I have to say, I'd choose to grind my teeth, no matter how hard a pill it may be to swallow, and try my best to help justice be served, the lawful way.

I'm against capital punishment, but a situation like that, if it ever happens to me (god forbid) would have my emotions definitely fighting my logic and personal beliefs.
I used to think like that... Until I held my daughter in my arms for the first time.
 

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The way we live is wrong. That's it.
News makes more news. cars breed more cars. signs make more signs. police need more police. laws make more laws, drugs make more drugs, etc...

only point zero zero two percent of people use their brain.

I actually counted how many times I've been right next to somebody and then in the next few moments in time, those people have made the front page news. That figure has reached more than 30. and at the time I noticed them and I knew something was about to happen.

I could have prevented 30 incidents from occuring just by doing something 'random' and acting on my feeling/sense/hunch.

Valley Girls make valleys, contractors make malls, Oranges make Orange Julius', confined in their little boxes in the middle of the mall where consumers march lockstep one by one like ants to the hill. And while sipping you sweet, delicious beverage, it occurs to me that Doc Brown should have sent me to 1985 where it all began to end, hence I warn them that the raw egg will be the undoing of them, preventing widespread salmonella poisoning.

I too have seen the light of my tighty whiteys.
 

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I've gotten to the age where I've gone beyond picking a team.

the odds say that this was going to happen. It's got nothing to do with me. you're just displaying how far you've lived in your journey of time.
People in their 80's can tell how long you've lived and what you know from the words you say.

This is one of the skills of older people and they don't bother to tell the younger people.
Maybe if you go around the sun a few more times you'll think differently. all that is, is just experienceing the effect of time for longer.

YOu read this stuff your body makes chemicals you get ready to fight but you can't because your reading and you read my words and you instantly fight me. after a long moment of time the chemicals in your brain are stopped being made and you nolonger want to rip peoples heads off.
Your thoughts are your chemicals.

what you consume allows or stops your massive aggression thoughts.

You seem to forget I've watched and heard the news each hour every day for the last 10 years.
I suffered information overload.

now I stop it building up inside my brain.
your trying to put this information into my brain (as well as anyone else who reads it)
but you have no solution for us.

I learned from the great thinkers of our time. they told me "we're not even doing anything that can't be predicted to happen".

The great leaders of our time have a hard time understanding that they can't control the other side of the planet because they can't be in to locations at once because the laws of time forbid it.

the husband/dad can't have stopped it because of the rules time. the laws don't apply to the other country because of time.
the land boarder was created at another time. you can't go back in time and change the laws and prevent this from happening.

People seem to forget a country boarder is a boarder in time.

Time has an effect and it has a huge impact on people's lives.
SPace and time are linked. Don't forget it!
 

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I've gotten to the age where I've gone beyond picking a team.

the odds say that this was going to happen. It's got nothing to do with me. you're just displaying how far you've lived in your journey of time.
People in their 80's can tell how long you've lived and what you know from the words you say.

This is one of the skills of older people and they don't bother to tell the younger people.
Maybe if you go around the sun a few more times you'll think differently. all that is, is just experienceing the effect of time for longer.

YOu read this stuff your body makes chemicals you get ready to fight but you can't because your reading and you read my words and you instantly fight me. after a long moment of time the chemicals in your brain are stopped being made and you nolonger want to rip peoples heads off.
Your thoughts are your chemicals.

what you consume allows or stops your massive aggression thoughts.

You seem to forget I've watched and heard the news each hour every day for the last 10 years.
I suffered information overload.

now I stop it building up inside my brain.
your trying to put this information into my brain (as well as anyone else who reads it)
but you have no solution for us.

I learned from the great thinkers of our time. they told me "we're not even doing anything that can't be predicted to happen".

The great leaders of our time have a hard time understanding that they can't control the other side of the planet because they can't be in to locations at once because the laws of time forbid it.

the husband/dad can't have stopped it because of the rules time. the laws don't apply to the other country because of time.
the land boarder was created at another time. you can't go back in time and change the laws and prevent this from happening.

People seem to forget a country boarder is a boarder in time.

Time has an effect and it has a huge impact on people's lives.
SPace and time are linked. Don't forget it!

.. walk the wheel with us .. they put us here because we are all broken machines ..
,, but we don't know it .. because we are broken .. we can not be fixed ..
.. walk the wheel with us ..

.. you've got a circle man ! .. this is my circle ! .. stay outta my circle !

[ame]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V6a7vz9cb40[/ame]
 

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I fully support the father's actions. It would have been a much easier exercise to get the guy and dispose of him Sicilian style though,,,,..
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Peace
 


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