Germany hunts man who bragged of child murder in online video

Germany hunts man who bragged of child murder in online video
19-year-old German Marcel Hesse is suspected of having stabbed to death a nine-year-old boy and bragging about the murder in a video he posted online.
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German police launched a manhunt Tuesday for a 19-year-old man suspected of stabbing a nine-year-old boy to death and bragging about the murder in an online video.

Police said they were alerted Monday by people who had viewed the clip on the encrypted darknet, an online space criminals use to trade weapons, drugs and child pornography.

A team of police discovered the child's corpse around 1930 GMT Monday in the basement of the suspect's house in the town of Herne, North Rhine-Westphalia state.

The suspect was named as Marcel Hesse, described as an unemployed and socially withdrawn man not previously known to police.

Trained in martial arts, the 1.75m tall, slim, blonde man was thought to be wearing military style clothing and possibly armed.

Police launched a large-scale search of the town Monday night, using sniffer dogs and helicopters.

"The victims and the suspect lived next door to each other," said a police spokesman.

He added that authorities had no idea about a possible motive, saying that "there's no one we can ask." Police did not report the content of the video and whether it showed the child's body.

Town mayor Frank Dudda said "we are bewildered and shocked, and we are mourning with the family."

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