Murder in Frankfurt The Struggle to Find Answers to Random Crime

On Monday, an eight-year-old boy got pushed in front of a train in Frankfurt and died. The crime has horrified the entire country and right-wing populists have sought to instrumentalize it. But can such acts of violence really be prevented? By DER SPIEGEL Staff
Flowers laid at the site where an 8-year-old boy was pushed in front of a train on Monday.

Flowers laid at the site where an 8-year-old boy was pushed in front of a train on Monday.

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The suspect Habte A., as he was led out of court on Tuesday.

The suspect Habte A., as he was led out of court on Tuesday.

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In July, a 28-year-old shoved a 34-year-old mother onto the tracks at this station and she was killed by an oncoming train.

In July, a 28-year-old shoved a 34-year-old mother onto the tracks at this station and she was killed by an oncoming train.

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René Johne hasn't been the same since he was shoved onto the subway tracks in Dresden in 2017.

René Johne hasn't been the same since he was shoved onto the subway tracks in Dresden in 2017.

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