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Franz Bratuscha





Death and later resentenced or commuted to Life

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Franz Bratuscha was codefendant with his wife Mrs. Bratuscha. Franz falsely confessed to the murder of his 12 year-old daughter and then cannibalizing the corpse. His wife Mrs. Bratuscha falsely confessed to helping him cut up and grilling their daughters corpse. He was sentenced to death that was later commuted ot life in prison. She was sentenced to 3 years in prison as an accessory. After the daughter turned up alive living in a nearby town the parents were acquitted after a new trial.

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False confession to murdering and then cannabalizing the corpse.

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The alleged victim turned up alive and her parents were acquitted of her murder after a new trial.

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"“Convicting the Innocent,” Max Hirschberg, Rocky Mountain Law Review 13, December, 1940, pp. 25-26."

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