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She can see her whole life flashing before her eyes
Her name was Silke Bischoff, and sadly she and another teenage hostage died. The man in the photo, Dieter Degowski, was sentenced to life and released in february 2018.
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This was a bank-robbery in Gladbeck North-Rhein-Westphalia Germany on 1988 August 16^th that got ‘complicated’, evolving into a hostage crisis. The escape-route of the robbers passed through the town of Huckelriede, in which the robbers hijacked a bus & held its occupants hostage. One of them – there were three in total – was caught as he went to use a public toilet … so exchange negotiations began. As the police – maybe – called their bluff, the robbers showed they were not bluffing by shooting dead a young Italian boy … although it’s said by some that the police were in the process of complying but lost broke the key to the handcuffs that were on their captive, and that the ensuing delay was interpreted by the other two as refusal.
The behaviour of the reporters is regarded by many as scandalous in the extreme: it might be excused that they comported themselves ‘buddies’ of the hijackers – afterall that in itself would not put the hostages at hazard (infact might even have the opposite effect by cooling them a bit), and would certainly help the reporters get a better story; but I think maybe the giving the robbers photographs of police-officers who were trying to operate covertly (which it is said was done), cannot be dempt excusable … and I’m sure must have been at least theoretically actionable … but I haven’t found anything about any prosecution being made to that end.
The girl in the picture being held at gunpoint is Silke Beschoff. The crisis was ended by the police ramming the vehicle robbers’ vehicle (by this time they’d released most of the hostages – but Fräulein Beschoff was one of those retained) as it proceeded along the the M3 autobahn, precipitating a gunfight in which Fräulein Beschoff was fatally wounded by receiving gunshot wound as she abode in the car in which the hijackers had been conveying her.
The Wikipedia article here on this crisis is very thorough.