German Satanist denies ordering the murder of his devil worshiping ex-wife from behind bars after the pair were jailed for butchering a friend and drinking his blood
- Daniel Ruda and his former wife Manuela murdered Frank Hackert in 2001
- The pair stabbed Hackert 66 times on top a coffin and drunk his blood
- Satanist Ruda was sentenced to 15 years in jail but is now hoping for release
- But now he’s been accused of plotting a contract murder on his ex-wife
A Satantic killer – who together with his devil-worshiping bride butchered their friend upon a coffin to drink his blood – appeared in court on Monday charged with plotting a new contract killing behind bars.
Daniel Ruda’s alleged target: his now ex-wife who is free while he languishes in jail 16 years after the ritualistic killing which shocked the world.
Ruda, who when he was sentenced had filed his teeth to razor sharpness to make himself look like a vampire, is accused at Bochum State Court of planning a hit on his ex Manuela who divorced him while behind bars.
Daniel Ruda and his wife Manuela stabbed baker Frank Hackert 66 times, drinking his blood on top a coffin
Ruda, pictured in 2002, filed his teeth to razor sharpness to make himself look like a vampire
‘That’s nonsense,’ said Ruda. ‘A grotesque accusation and untrue.’
According to prosecutors he tried to hire a female he met through contact advertisements in 2012 to carry out the plan.
But for the first time since he and Manuela were sentenced in 2002 he admitted the ‘Satanic sacrifice’ of a man called Frank Hackert at the home they shared in Bochum in 2001.
David and Manuela spent holidays in England in Scotland, attending devil-worshiping parties. But when the pair were imprisoned the romance soured, and she divorced him while locked up
She shared in the blood-drinking ritual after Frank, a baker, was stabbed 66 times on a coffin they used as a coffee table.
Ruda was sentenced to 15 years in jail for killing Frank, 33.
The court at their original sentencing heard that the couple spent holidays in England and Scotland, sleeping in graveyards and attending devil-worship parties.
Manuela was sentenced to 13 years for her role and has since been freed from a psychiatric unit but is still receiving treatment. She has been given a new identity and has no further contact with Ruda.
Ruda, who works as a librarian at a prison near Dortmund, petitioned last year to be allowed to rejoin society.
Ruda was sentenced to 15 years in jail for his murder, but petitioned last year to be released
His lawyer Hans Reinhardt said at the time: ‘We want to show that he is not a dangerous man. In jail he takes no drugs, drinks no alcohol. His mother, who is 75, visits him regularly. She has only one wish; to see her son free before she dies.
‘He wants to rejoin society, find a wife, settle down and have a family.’
However he’s now accused of trying to hire a contract killer to infiltrate the psychiatric institute where Manuela was imprisoned and murder her
But Doris Hackert, mother of the dead man, said: ‘I hope they don’t let him out. I am not well. I am psychiatrically shattered. I cry a lot. It would be a nightmare for me if they let him out.’
The couple said they had chosen their victim for sacrifice because he was ‘so funny and would be the perfect court jester for Satan’.
The prosecution alleges Ruda was angry and upset at Manuela both leaving him and getting out of jail before him.
Ruda says the latest accusations are ‘grotesque’ and ‘untrue’. He has changed his name to David Wenger in anticipation of his release
Manuela has since been freed from her psychiatric unit. She has a new identity and is still receiving mental health treatment
A court spokesman said: ‘The plan was seemingly for the woman he contacted to get a job in the kitchens of the psychiatric unit where his ex wife was and to kill her there out of revenge.’
But she went to police instead, leading Ruda – now grey haired and wearing a white shirt – back into the dock on a charge of incitement to murder.
He insisted: ‘There was no contract to murder. The prosecution has acted with blind zeal.’
A fresh conviction for Ruda could mean as many as seven more years behind bars
But a fellow prisoner is due to give evidence that he told him of the murder plot.
Ruda added: ‘It’s a lie from someone who wants to make himself look important.’ And his lawyer brands the alleged hit woman a fantasist.
If he is found not guilty he could be released soon – but a fresh conviction will mean as many as seven more years behind bars.
Ruda has changed his own name since he was jailed in anticipation of release. He is now called Daniel Wegner.