Klein and Wagner

At the time, when the obsessional idea of killing his family had first gripped him, and he had been frightened to death by this diabolical vision, a trivial recollection had come to him, as if to EAWagner_NYTimes_excerptmock him. It was this: Years ago, when his life was still harmless, almost happy, he and some office associates had begun discussing the horrible crime of a southern German schoolteacher named W. (he could not recall the name right off) who had butchered his entire family in a horribly bloody way and then taken his own life.

-“Klein and Wagner,” Klingsor’s Last Summer, Hermann Hesse

More on Ernst August Wagner can be found on murderpedia.org.

[Image: excerpt from New York Times article of September 6, 1913]

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