He likes English, hates math, reads «The great Gatsby» and «The Count of Monte Christo», listens to Bushido and Eminem.

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He likes English, hates math, reads «The great Gatsby» and «The Count of Monte Christo», listens to Bushido and Eminem.

The dream of the armed forces

He likes English, hates math, reads «The great Gatsby» and «The Count of Monte Christo», listens to Bushido and Eminem. No drugs, just alcohol every now and then. Later, he told the youth psychiatrist while in custody, he would have wanted to join the armed forces one day, this order, these clear structures, he liked all of this very much. Because nothing else is clearly structured in its inner workings.

«Robert has two faces»

«Robert has two faces,» said one of his friends to the police. «One face was friendly, quiet, more introverted, the other face was cold, destructive.» Robert K. says he has been hearing voices since he was eight. God, angels, demons. «It’s very easy for me to have something blurred between reality and fantasy because I have so much in my head,» he confides in the psychiatrist. Voices, voices, voices.

«I was shaking the whole time and couldn’t concentrate at all»

He was also almost permanently afraid, and anxiety caused by these voices had been for years. «I was shaking and stuttering the whole time and couldn’t concentrate at all,» says Robert K., describing a childhood episode, «but my mother suspected that these were mood swings.» That was just because of the food, she said, and that he had to eat more because he was too thin.

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But there was a different kind of hunger, insatiable and omnipresent: From the age of eleven, he was immersed more and more deeply in the world of Japanese cartoons, mangas and anime. He spent up to eight hours a day between the iPad and the laptop, often in parallel on both devices, and at some point the realities began to overlap.

«I have a good relationship with my father»

His own father suddenly seemed «as cute and cuddly as a panda bear», «but also dangerous». His father hit him about two or three times a year, with his hand, with his belt, on the head, on the hand or on the back. When Robert K. was little, younger than eight, he slept in the living room with his father. Later, when he was 14, he suddenly stood next to his bed once during the night. And there were those voices again. Kill him with a knife, they would have ordered him. At the same time, says Robert K., he had «a good relationship» with his father and he «loved him most» in the family.

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And there is also Antonia. But this Antonia, she is only present in the inner world of Robert K. A friend like straight out of the Mangacomic: she had long, blonde-gold hair, red-green eyes with large pupils, and mostly she wore jeans and white Converse shoes. The most important thing in his life was she and she was with him every day – until she was finally murdered.123 essays online

The zombies of Nussdorf

But even outside in real life there is a girl who means something to Robert K., let’s call her Elisabeth here. She goes to the same school and they met and made friends during the ski week, she told the police. «Robert told me that he liked me and could imagine more.» But he had a manner that «intimidated» her.

On March 25, 2018 – a Sunday, about a month and a half before Hadishat’s murder – he contacted her via Whatsapp, they met for a long walk outside in Nussdorf, where the city ends and the vineyards begin. «He had a strange sarcasm that day, he told me about zombies, and death was a topic a couple of times. Robert philosophized with me what it would be like to die.»

© Private «He said he didn’t kill her because there were too many police at the meeting point.»

How about if you die? What if the voices gave him an order again? A friend of Robert K. remembers: He, Robert, told him that the only reason he had gone to Nussdorf with Elisabeth was to kill her there with a knife. «He said he didn’t kill her because there were too many police at the meeting point.» At that time, says his friend, he still thought it was «stupid talk» – until Robert K. showed him a bread knife with a long, serrated blade, which he had neatly wrapped in a kitchen towel, and showed him .

«With Robert K., due to his years of intensive media consumption and his preoccupation with fantasy, manga and anime stories, there has been a massive increase in stimulus, which () can also explain hearing the voices.» The «hallucinatory phenomena» could be classified as «preliminary symptoms» of «childhood schizophrenia», diagnosed the youth psychiatrist.

Stracciatella ice cream and voices

He bought a schnitzel roll and chocolate candy on May 11, 2018, then he was home and watched a video for the game «Escapist» on the iPad. After Hadishat had finished eating her stracciatella ice cream, she sat down on the couch with him. The video, recalls Robert K., was exciting. It was about the escape from a prison. He felt Hadishat’s body heat. Then he heard voices again. And then he picked up the knife.

Legal principle problem

But how should society, how should the judiciary deal with someone like Robert K.? He has to be locked up, that much seems clear – but does he also have the right to precise therapy? «Yes,» says psychiatrist Reinhard Haller, who is Austria’s most respected court expert in his field. But does he have legitimate prospects for precise therapy? «No,» says Haller.

Robert K. was declared sane on the Thursday of the previous week at the Vienna Regional Criminal Court. But this decision is anything but unproblematic: A youth psychiatric final report on behalf of the court on 150 pages on the diagnosis of «combined personality disorder with narcissistic, schizoid and callous-unemotional traits» comes up. And yet, according to the expertise, Robert K. was sane at the time of the crime, and that is all that matters. But that’s just the top report. A specialist in adolescent neuropsychiatry had initially classified Robert K. as insane in a 166-page report, and an adult psychiatrist as sane on 98 pages. What now?

Opinions contradict each other

«We have a mass of highly qualified expert reports, all of which diagnose Robert K. with severe disorders, but contradict each other in crucial nuances,» says the renowned Viennese lawyer Florian Höllwarth. Basically, according to Höllwarth, it is a highly complex expert debate. «And then a lay jury will finally vote on what the most well-known specialists disagree about.»

«It’s like having three foremen explaining how to build a house.»

Höllwarth is practically at the center of the debate, because he was one of Robert K.’s defenders at the trial last Thursday. Regarding the jury’s verdict, he says, «It’s like having three foremen explaining how to build a house – but that doesn’t mean that you can build it properly yourself afterwards.»

Höllwarth demands that it is not the people’s opinion that should count in court, only the strict rule of law. Well-known legal theorists also see jury courts as «historical foreign bodies in our judicial system». And expert Doyen Haller says: «In cases like that of Robert K., there should be a final report before the judgment that decides on the sanity.»

A dialogue with yourself

Robert K. was therefore declared sane and sentenced to twelve years in prison for murder. «Even if he receives medical care in prison, he has been put on the judicial track, not the psychiatric one. If he had been declared insane, the focus would be on therapy, not punishment,» explains Haller. Because in freedom, which is underpinned by consistent predictions of danger, someone like him will probably no longer be dismissed either way. «Well,» says Haller, «it’s basically about how humanly you treat him.» Do deadly inner voices deserve a voice of humanity?

«Sleep now and release me»

During his pre-trial detention, Robert K. is also examined at the Kepler University Hospital Linz. A monitor is used to watch him circling his bed, sitting down on the floor in a corner and answering his inner voices in loud self-talk. «Sleep well, sleep, girl, sleep,» he says. «Now go to sleep and release me.»

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According to the current state of knowledge, pet owners do not have to worry that their companions are on four paws

corona

fall ill, explains Norbert Nowotny, virologist at the University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna. A single dog tested weakly positive for Covid-19 worldwide. He comes from an affected household in Hong Kong. It can be assumed that this dog came into contact with the virus by sniffing and ingested it through its snout. Another antibody test was negative. That means the dog is not infected.

It is unlikely that the viruses will stay in the animals’ fur for a long time when they are stroked by an infected person – but it has not yet been refuted, says Nowotny.

Even if pet owners who have contracted the coronavirus are very likely not to infect their companions, they should touch their pets as little as possible. Hands should be washed before and after contact with animals. You should make this a habit not only these days, but in general. This can prevent Coli bacteria or Salmonella from being transmitted between humans and animals.

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Anyone who walks an infected person’s dog must keep a distance of two meters when taking over the animal. The excursion should be made quickly. A transmission of the virus via harness, leash or toys is not to be expected, says Nowotny. However, it is important that dog sitters wear disposable gloves, avoid touching their faces, and wash their hands.

It is unlikely that dogs will ingest the virus in nature. If you want to be safe, you should always pay attention to cleanliness. The fatty layer of the virus can be dissolved very well with soap and water. Dogs should be cleaned of their paws with a mild soapy solution after going out and bathed more often than usual, especially if they have rolled around on the floor outside. It is important to use well-tolerated shampoos. Nose and snout must be left out when cleaning. Disinfectants are taboo for animals.

No special measures are necessary when visiting the vet during these weeks. As everywhere at this time, it is important to pay attention to the people in the practice. Keep your distance!

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The ÖBB get the effects of the

Corona crisis

economically felt massively, explains ÖBB boss Andreas Matthä in an interview with the magazine News

«In passenger traffic we have a decrease in passenger traffic towards 90 percent and freight traffic has also been falling significantly since this week.» «In Italy traffic» the decline is «dramatic», since two thirds are certainly gone. In the maritime cargo business there is a minus of 50 percent. And nationally, the ÖBB are feeling the short-time work at Voest and the shutdown of car production across Europe. Passenger numbers have also dropped sharply on the Postbus.

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«That means that we have to register short-time work for parts of our company because we cannot cover the costs with sales,» says the rail boss. At the moment, the company areas in question are still being analyzed, says Matthä: «But it is probably an issue in the bus and cargo area, in maintenance, in the infrastructure and in shunting.» but says: «In a company of our size, you can easily get to several thousand.»

The federal railways are nevertheless trying to «continue operations as well as possible and keep Austria running with our infrastructure,» continues Matthä. The safety of the passengers is guaranteed. However, the year 2020 will be «very difficult economically for ÖBB.»

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Ms. Ebm, you should have premiered with «The Secret of an Unknown» – and land in the middle of a situation previously unknown to all of us. How are you doing with that?

Martina Ebm: Well, it’s a shame to dive into a piece so far, to work it out until the dress rehearsal, only to have to break it off the day before the premiere. But I am well aware of the gravity of the situation and I know that these measures are now necessary. It is well known that postponed is not canceled.

How do you imagine working from home for an actress? To be honest, I now have a much more difficult job: I’m a mother of three and have to come up with new ideas every day to keep my children happy.