Unterwegers friends tipped him to the police interest and the fact that newspapers were announcing his imminent arrest, so he avoided
But Unterweger offered a deal: He promised to return and answer questions if the arrest warrants were withdrawn. He believed he could prove his innocence. As he and Mrak settled in
"My flight was and is no confession, he insisted. It is a different type of despair." He went on to point out that there was no way to prove anything against him. "I was doing well," he wrote, "perhaps too good---and fate decided to punish me once more for my debt from the past. But in the moment, I still have something to say. If a fair, neutral official of justice is invited to determine that the warrant against me is unjust, I am ready to place myself at this person's disposal."
He made several calls to get this letter published. One magazine, Erfolg, offered him a fee for the exclusive story of his escape. He agreed to do it and gave them an address. According to a German news story, he also requested some medication for thyroid disease. One interviewer asked if he was forcing Mrak to go with him, so he let her speak for herself. She took the phone and said that she was traveling with Unterweger because she wanted to and they were having a wonderful time.
To everyone, Unterweger made the same claim. He had an alibi for every one of the murders that the police were attempting to pin on him. For example, he said that there were people who would swear he was at a reading on the night one woman had disappeared. With another, he was not even in the city, and with three others, he was home alone. What was being said about him, he insisted, was a "controlled history" that originated in