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Father Castrated Daughter's Boyfriend With Bread Knife

By Tanya Roth, Esq. on December 15, 2010 | Last updated on March 21, 2019

Some stories, you just have to tell plain and simple because really, there is very little else to say. This is one of those stories. In Germany, a man is under arrest for attempted murder after he allegedly castrated his daughter's boyfriend with a bread knife. The daughter of the accused is 17, the boyfriend, 57.

The vigilante justice which nearly lead to the victim Phillip Genscher bleeding to death, was necessary according to the accused, Helmut Seifert, reports CBS News. Seifert allegedly recruited two helpers to assist him in pinning down the victim and removing his testicles without benefit of anesthesia. The victim was able to call police before bleeding out. Seifert has pleaded guilty to his crime, but won't name his accomplices. Seifert took his trophies with him when he left the scene.

Why would it be "necessary" to commit this crime? CBS reports that when Seifert sought the intervention of police to keep the couple apart, they told him there was nothing they could do. Before Americans reach for their statutory rape statutes, the age of consent in Germany is 14. In comparison, the age of consent in the U.S. ranges from 16-18. Sex with a person below the age of consent in the U.S. is considered statutory rape. Confusion regarding the age of the minor is not a defense.

"You said you couldn't stop him - so I did," Seifert told the press. "I saw it as my duty as a father." Unfortunately, like many criminals, Seifert did not think the repercussions of his actions through. He will now be behind bars and in even less of a position to "protect" his daughter. Maybe he assumed taking Genscher out of the game would be enough. Not likely.

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