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‘Laser Man’ killer faces trial for death of Auschwitz survivor


The Swedish serial shooter known as “Laser Man” will finally face a court for the alleged murder of a Holocaust survivor.


John Ausonius appeared Wednesday in court in Frankfurt, Germany, where cloakroom attendant Blanka Zmigrod, 68, was found dead the day after an argument with him.


Ausonius, tied to far-right extremists in his home country of Sweden, has already become internationally notorious for a string of shootings there in the early 1990s that targeted people with darker skin color and killed one Iranian student.


He was dubbed “Laser Man” for the use of a rifle with laser sights, and is currently trying to get early release from his prison sentence in Scandinavia.

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Ausonius, now 64, was on the run from Swedish police in 1992 when he went to Germany and allegedly killed Zmigrod, the night after claiming she had stolen a Casio electronic notebook from him and saying that they would “meet again.”


It is not know if Ausonius knew that Zmigrod was Jewish before shooting her, with Der Spiegel reporting that prosecutors believe he killed her to try to take her purse and possibly trying to find his notebook.


She had survived four Nazi concentration camps including Auschwitz, Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet reported Wednesday.


Though little is known about her life, the new details come from a documentary on her by Gellert Tamas, who has previously written a book on Ausonius.


The killer had told investigators in Sweden that his spree there targeted immigrants to try and scare anyone not Swedish from coming to the country.


His depraved actions are believed to have inspired another “laser man” Swedish killer and the far-right Norwegian mass shooter Anders Breivik, who killed 77 people in a bomb attack and mass shooting at a summer camp in 2011.


German police are pursuing charges against him now after an investigation into the National Socialist Underground terrorist group that committed a string of racially related murders.


Ausonius denies having contact with the NSU group, according to Der Spiegel, and said in court on Wednesday that he did not kill Zmigrod, saying that he is being made a “scapegoat.”

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