LIVE Blog regarding the death of Piratenpartei politician Gerwald Claus-Brunner

By: Lukas Walter

19:09 – Friday, 23.09.2016

Case closed

After Claus-Brunner confessed the murder by sending a letter to a party comrad, the case gets closed. According to citizens of Berlin Steglitz-Zehlendorf, Claus-Brunner was walking around Berlin with a hand truck on the day he committed suicide. According to the police, this is how he could have transported the corpse of his victim to Claus-Brunners flat.

 14:14 – Thursday, 22.09,2016

Claus-Brunner wrote a confession before his suicide, sent it to colleague

According to a spokesman working on that case, Gerwald Claus-Brunner sent a confession of the murder and his suicide to a former life partner. The spokesman stated, that the 29-year old life partner called Jan-Markus L. has been killed in his flat in Berlin-Wedding days before the suicide of Claus-Brunner in Steglitz-Zehlendorf. Claus-Brunner brought the corpse in his flat and committed suicide there.

According to the spokesman, the politician could have stalked his ex-life partner. The 29-year old victim informed the police about this case.

16:17 – Tuesday, 20.09.2016

Piratenpartei representative reputed to have killed the second male person found dead

(dpa) – According to the police, Claus-Brunner killed the man and then committed suicide. The man, that has not been identified yet died from “blunt violence against the torso”, a spokesman said.

 23:44 – Monday, 19.09.2016


Claus-Brunner announced his death in a speech in June

Party colleagues of the Piratenpartei representative in Berlin apparently had concerns that Claus-Brunner needs psychological treatment. In a political speech on 23rd June he said: “You will regret from the 18.09.2016 on, that the party I stand for no longer exists”, and further “during the upcoming legislation you will have to stand up for me and keep a minute of silence”.

The date he refers to was the date of Berlin’s state election. The Piratenpartei failed to enter the house of representatives.

 The Piratenpartei says in an official press-release, that “he apparently committed suicide, but we don’t have any further information. We knew he had an incurable disease.”


17:42 – Monday, 19.09.2016

ARCHIV - Der Abgeordnete der Piratenpartei Berlin, Gerwald Claus-Brunner, spricht am 22.11.2011 bei einer Fraktionssitzung der Piratenpartei im Abgeordnetenhaus in Berlin. Der Piraten-Politiker Gerwald Claus-Brunner ist tot. Foto: Sebastian Kahnert/dpa (zu dpa "Piraten-Politiker Gerwald Claus-Brunner ist tot" vom 19.09.2016) +++(c) dpa - Bildfunk+++

Representative politician Claus-Brunner dead

The Berlin representative of the party “Piratenpartei” Gerwald Claus-Brunner has been found dead in a flat in Berlin Steglitz-Zehlendorf on Monday afternoon. The police also found a second male dead person there, that has not been identified yet.

The background remains unclear to this point, but the homicide division has taken up work to investigate.

Gerwald Claus-Brunner was one of the most famous representatives of the Piratenpartei in Berlin since 2011. The 44-year old was known for wearing Palestinian keffiyeh and overalls.

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