Woman’s scoop for news site: ‘I killed my husband’

A woman visiting the office of Lugano-based news website in the canton of Ticino jolted staff on Thursday by informing them that she had murdered her husband.

Woman's scoop for news site: 'I killed my husband'
Collonge-Bellerive municipal hall, near where ex-husband was murdered. Photo: Roland Zumbühl/Picswiss

The francophone woman told staff of the Italian-language internet site that she had a scoop to offer before confessing to killing her former spouse.

The woman is suspected of shooting to death her 73-year-old ex-husband on Tuesday at the the other end of Switzerland.

Police found the man's body in the underground parking area of an apartment building in Collonge-Bellerive in the canton of Geneva.

“I asked her what she wanted,” Rita Brusa, an employee of the news site told the 20 minuti newspaper.

“She was speaking French so I took her to a colleague,” Brusa said.

“It was then that she confessed to killing her spouse.”

News staff weren’t sure what to make of the woman’s story but they contacted police, who arrested her.

“They arrived quickly,” Brusa said.

“They searched the woman and in her bag there was a handgun, perhaps loaded,” she said.

“A separate small box contained ammunition.”

Geneva cantonal police confirmed that the woman, a Swiss citizen born in 1946, is the former wife of the man killed on Tuesday.

She was to be transported to Geneva where she will be questioned by investigators and where a request for her provisional detention has been made.

Elsewhere, a 48-year-old woman is under arrest following the murder of a 55-year-old Swiss man with whom she was living in Nyon in the canton of Vaud, cantonal police said on Thursday.

The man was found on the floor of his ground-floor apartment in the Résidences du Parc complex after police received a call informing them that a person was dead in the flat on Tuesday night.

The victim’s death was immediately confirmed by an emergency medic, police said in a statement.

He had received several wounds from a sharp object, apparently a knife, the statement said.

His girlfriend, of Serbian origin, admitted her involvement in the attack after being interviewed by investigators and a prosecutor, although the specific details have yet to be established, police said.

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Swiss man kidnapped in Zurich ‘is vaccine commission chief’

A Swiss man briefly abducted last month by a German, before his kidnapper was shot dead by police near Zurich, is the head of Switzerland's federal vaccination commission, local media reported Saturday. 

Swiss man kidnapped in Zurich 'is vaccine commission chief'

The information gives a completely different twist on the case. 

The 38-year-old German had been wanted since March 31 by the authorities after abducting a man in the canton of Zurich. 

The police did not communicate about the case until the German was shot dead this week, and did not give the identity of the abductee. 

But according to several Swiss media outlets, including the Tagesanzeiger daily and the website, the victim of the abduction is the head of the Federal Commission for Vaccinations (CFV). 

The motive for the abduction remains unclear. 

According to the Swiss online news site Watson, the German abductor had been in close contact with conspiracy theorists. 

He was killed on Wednesday night when police tried to arrest him. 

Before being shot and killed he pulled out a gun and killed a 28-year-old woman, believed to be his girlfriend, according to police. 

According to the Swiss news agency ATS, a 34-year-old Swiss man was arrested on Thursday and is believed to be linked to the abduction.