Waltraud Gruseck: The False Soprano
A man in his sixties who introduced himself as Waltraud's husband accompanied her to the meeting with the lawyer. The man said he wanted to transfer control of his life savings, commercial fishing business and real estate holdings to his beloved wife.
A few days later, after the papers were signed but before the attorney had completed the paperwork to give Waltraud power of attorney over her husband's estate, the attorney was shocked to learn that the husband, Hermann Hilss, had been missing for several months. Police officials later told him that the request had been a fraud, and that Waltraud was only pretending to be a loving wife: Mr. Hilss, the real husband, was dead.
Months later, police would discover bits and pieces of Mr. Hilss' body scattered in several places. Charred remains were found in the cellar and living room of his and Waltraud's house, and bits of bone and ashes inside plastic bags were found in a small river that ran in front of the house.
Authorities still do not know how Mr. Hilss died. What they do know is that Waltraud wanted to conceal his death by mutilating, burning, and then hiding the remains of her late husband's body so she could steal his money.