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Dead Neo-Nazi ID'ed As 'German Madeleine McCann' Killer

| by Denise Recalde

A woman dubbed the "Nazi bride" of Germany has told a court she wants to testify in the murder and disappearance of a nine-year-old girl thought to have been killed by one of her dead former lovers.  

Beate Zschäpe may provide key evidence in the death and disappearance of nine-year-old girl Peggy Knobloch, whose murder was directly linked to now dead neo-Nazi and mass-murderer Uwe Bönhardt, The West Australian reports. 

Genetic material found at the forest burial site of the little girl has been verified as Bönhardt's, a violent criminal who committed suicide along with his sidekick friend Uwe Mundlos in 2011 during a failed bank robbery. 

Parallels have been drawn between Knobloch and the missing British girl Madeleine McCann, The Sun reports.

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Uwe Bönhardt was one of the three members of the National Socialist Underground (NSU) cell that had undertaken the murders of nine foreigners and a policewoman over the span of a decade. Zschäpe and Mundlos were the other two members of the cell dedicated to expelling foreign immigrants from Germany. 

The remains of Knobloch, who originally disappeared in May 2001, were found in July of this year in a forest located some 95 miles from the city of Eisenach, where the white nationalist pair committed suicide. 

The lone survivor of the original NSU cell, Zschäpe, is presently on trial for her alleged role in the murders of a Turk, eight Greeks and a German policewoman. 

Earlier this year, the "Nazi bride" informed the court she had permanently renounced the ideology behind the NSU cell and condemned them.  

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The computers used by the NSU cell are presently being probed by police in their pursuit of evidence linking Bönhardt to Peggy Knobloch. 

So far, German police have turned up a board game invented by the trio —- dubbed "Pogromoly" —- in which the player who sends the most Jewish people into gas chambers wins.  

In May 2001, Peggy Knobloch disappeared and was sought internationally as a missing person when she never made it home after leaving her German primary school. 

The little girl's body and other items were found by a mushroom picker roaming the forest in July. Wild animals likely picked up the body's scent and excavated her bones. 

Sources: The Western Australian, The Sun, The Telegraph/ Photo credit: The Telegraph

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