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In the case of the quadruple murder in Rupperswil, the police offered a reward of 100,000 francs for information on how to solve the crime. It is the highest reward ever offered by the authorities in Switzerland. The question arises: what can this bring?

On December 21, 2015, a 48-year-old woman, her two sons aged 13 and 19 and the 21-year-old girlfriend of the older son were killed in Rupperswil, Aargau. Then the perpetrators set the family home on fire.

Even two months after the bloody act, there is no trace of the murderers. At least the police were able to secure fingerprints and DNA traces, which they attribute to the perpetrator. The authorities have now offered a reward of CHF 100,000 for clues about the perpetrators. SRF News spoke about this with the former police commander of Basel Stadt, Markus Mohler.

SRF News: 100,000 francs as a reward for information about the investigation of the bloodshed in Rupperswil - do you think the amount is appropriate?

Markus Mohler: It's a high reward, but it's also a very serious crime. I think the amount of the reward is right. But I don't presume to say that it is appropriate or inappropriate.

The method of rewarding unsolved crimes is old. Does it actually lead to success?

I don't know any statistics on this. However, I can faintly remember that there were cases in Switzerland where rewards actually helped to solve crimes. But there are certainly many cases in which this has not been fruitful. But the fact is: These extremely uncompromising circles are very greedy for money. If there is ever a way to raise money without committing a crime, then that is already tempting.

So people are more likely to talk when there is a reward?

Safe in these [criminal] circles - I'm not talking about the decent average person who wants to help the police solve such a serious crime. The point is to create a temptation through the reward in the perpetrator circles to unpack what they have heard to the police. It may be that the perpetrator or perpetrators have chattered away. By passing on such information to the police, someone in these circles could legally raise a large sum of money.

Are there not also delicate aspects in cases of rewards? For example, when uninvolved people are blackened?

One cannot avoid that certain people might try to get the money through dubious statements. The police run the risk of receiving false information, which they must then carefully examine. It cannot be completely ruled out that individuals practice denouncing themselves. However, the investigative bodies are trained to analyze all indications very carefully.

Interview conducted by Tina Herren.

Rupperswil case: what is known so far

The victims: The violent crime occurred on December 21, 2015 in a single-family home in Rupperswil near Aarau. A 48-year-old woman, her sons aged 13 and 19 and the 21-year-old friend of the older son were killed. According to the police, the victims were tied up with cable ties and tape, and they all had stab wounds or cuts. A deliberately started fire in the family's house was apparently intended to cover the traces.
The money: Shortly before her murder, the 48-year-old mother received a total of 9,850 francs and 1,000 euros. She had the first part of the sum paid out at an ATM in Rupperswill and the rest in a bank branch in Wildegg. On the denomination: The later victim received the francs in the form of six 1000 notes, eleven 200 notes, eleven 100 notes and eleven 50 notes. The euros were paid out in ten 100 notes.

The perpetrator: It is still unclear whether it was one or more perpetrators. Despite the fire, the investigators were able to secure DNA traces and fingerprints of the alleged perpetrator. The police do not want to disclose how many people these traces came from "for tactical reasons". One thing is certain: there was no hit in either national or international databases. Nobody has been arrested yet. & Nbsp;

The investigations: Since the bloody act, more than 250 reports have been received from the population. In addition, 110 people close to the victims were questioned. However, this has not helped the police significantly. A special commission of 40 people is working on the case. A profiling team from Germany and Switzerland was also called in.

The reward: A reward of a maximum of CHF 100,000 was offered for a crucial tip. It is the highest award ever offered by the authorities in Switzerland. To this end, the police issue a relevant search notice, which is written in various languages ​​and is also distributed in Germany. According to the canton police, the reward was already having an effect: several notifications were received by email.

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Markus Mohler is a former public prosecutor, police commander of Basel and a colonel in the Swiss army. For several years he was a lecturer in security and police law at the Universities of Basel and St. Gallen.

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  • Comment from Peach Meier (Peach Meier)
    Funny language on the "wanted posters"! Foreign perpetration possible, even likely? For me every time a sign of what Switzerland has done to itself with open borders and the dismantling of police, discipline and order! A return to the old strength would still be possible. But you would have to want to. A clear YES to DI would be a good start! And further: stealing, breaking in, lying are not trifles and should be punished extremely deterrent. Even with politicians.
    Agree agree to the comment
    1. answer from Martin Brunner (frontal)
      @Peach Meier, your comment is just so ridiculous, do you seriously believe an enforcement initiative would have prevented such a crime? There are always people like you who always confuse everything and want to gain political gain with flimsy arguments.
      Agree agree to the comment
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