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15 Years Later, DNA Evidence Cracks Famous Missing Child Case, Bringing Closure For Family

by Kate Taylor
Kate is a writer who laughs at her own jokes and likes to pour too much hot sauce on her food.

Any missing child case is a tragedy, but sometimes the mystery surrounding certain ones is enough to captivate a nation, or even the world.

Many of us are familiar with the missing child cases of JonBenét Ramsey, Jaycee Dugard, and Madeleine McCann. These painstaking conundrums have the power to puzzle hundreds of thousands of people.

A similarly high-profile and formerly cold case has just been cracked in Germany. Peggy Knobloch went missing in the Bavaria in 2001 when she was only 9 years old.

Her remains weren’t found until July of this year, in an isolated forest location in the same place her newly identified killers are known to have killed themselves in 2011.

Turns out Peggy was the victim of neo-Nazi gangster Uwe Bönhardt, who was turned over by his lover Beate Zschäpe, who is well known in Germany as “the Nazi Bride.”

Zschäpe is still alive and standing trial for various murders that took place over an entire decade. She agreed to testify against the murderers and present evidence on the case with Peggy as part of a deal for her current trial.

Some of the evidence includes pornography and Nazi propaganda found on their computers, which are being looked over again in relation to the case with Peggy.

Luckily, the case that plagued the consciousness of the world for years has been cracked and Peggy’s family has received some long-deserved closure.

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