The death of the Austrian doctor and vaccination advocate Kellermayr at the age of only 36 causes dismay. Investigations are now underway against a man from Upper Bavaria. He is suspected of having threatened the doctor with torture and murder in emails.
After the suicide of the Austrian doctor Lisa-Maria Kellermayr, who was threatened by opponents of the Corona measures, a trail leads to Bavaria. "There is an investigation against a male person from Upper Bavaria with us," confirmed a spokesman for the Munich II public prosecutor's office on Tuesday.
The doctor had been strongly committed to corona vaccinations and, according to her own statements, had been put under massive pressure by opponents of vaccination for months. It was announced on Friday that she had been found dead in her practice in Upper Austria.
According to the media group, the man from Upper Bavaria who is now in focus is suspected of having threatened the 36-year-old doctor in emails with torture and murder. In addition, the public prosecutor's office in Wels also reported a suspect to the public prosecutor's office in Berlin.
The death of the Austrian doctor caused consternation in Germany. The entertainers Joko Winterscheidt and Klaas Heufer-Umlauf dedicated their ProSieben show "Who is stealing the show from me?" her "long-term companion", as it was said at the beginning of the show on Tuesday evening. The doctor was often a guest on the Joko and Klaas programs, according to the post by the two entertainers, which was also published on Instagram. During the corona pandemic, she was committed “to the need for vaccination” and was therefore targeted by radical corona deniers and so-called lateral thinkers.
Kellermayr "regularly received explicit and detailed death threats" and the operation of her practice was repeatedly disrupted. Her call for help was "met with a lack of understanding and inaction by the responsible authorities," the article said. The police in Austria had defended themselves against allegations that they had reacted too laxly.
Joko and Klaas had also shown the flag again and again in the Corona crisis. So they gave Olaf Scholz a stage shortly before he took office as Federal Chancellor after she had appeared in her show "Joko
Politicians and doctors in Germany also expressed their dismay after Kellermayr's death: "Every day there are calls for violence against me on social networks," said Health Minister Karl Lauterbach to the newspapers of the Funke media group. "People regularly - sometimes even with real names - call for my murder." He is therefore particularly well protected. "The Austrian colleague, on the other hand, had to pay for the protection herself and could no longer afford it." He despises and loathes the agitators on the web who would have driven this woman to her death.
The President of the German Medical Association, Klaus Reinhardt, said in the "Welt" that the death of the doctor "drastically shows where the brutalization of the social climate can lead". In Germany, too, the inhibition threshold is falling. Doctors received threatening letters and were verbally and physically attacked. "The police must act quickly in view of the worrying increase in digital crimes," demanded Jörg Radek, deputy national chairman of the police union, in the newspaper. However, there is a lack of appropriate resources, both in terms of personnel and equipment.