Woman Escapes Torture Chamber; Madman Arrested

| by Mark Berman Opposing Views

The Germans historically know a thing or two about torture, but police say one German man took things to a new level, constructing a torture chamber of sorts in his apartment. Fortunately he is under arrest, but not before a woman spent a couple of hours in it.

The British newspaper The Telegraph reports that on Friday night, Thomas Fischer kidnapped a 26-year-old woman at gunpoint from her apartment in Hamburg. The New York Daily News said the woman had a "vague acquaintance" with Fischer.

They went back to his place, which police said was no ordinary apartment.

"The whole two-roomed apartment was rigged up as one massive torture chamber, with this big old fashioned telephone kiosk soundproofed as the cell for his victim," a police spokesman told Britain's The Sun

It's not clear exactly what happened to the woman, but after two hours she was able to escape when the man's back was turned. Handcuffed, she dove head first out of a window, ignoring the barbed wire that was placed around it to stop such an escape.

She returned with police, who arrested the 30-year-old Fischer.

Police said a subsequent search of the apartment found the disturbing tools of a madman -- scalpels, needles, syringes and gynecological instruments. Police also said they found a mannequin in the apartment on which Fischer had practiced cutting.

The British newspapers report that Fischer had booby-trapped the torture chamber with makeshift bombs he had made from fire extinguishers. Police say they found 113 fire extinguishers in the apartment.