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Date-Rape Drug Terror Stalks Berlin

A lone man dressed as Santa drugged a 15-year-old girl at a Christmas market this weekend—she's the ninth victim this month.


Berlin's Christmas markets are a tradition.
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By Will Godfrey


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At least one unidentified man is stalking through Berlin's outdoor Christmas markets, giving drugged alcoholic shots to young women. At 10pm yesterday a man dressed as Santa approached two 15-year-old girls at the Alexanderplatz market, offering them each a shot in a paper cup. One girl refused, but her friend downed both. She soon started vomiting and had to be taken to hospital—police said she was given a date rape drug. She's the ninth victim of such an attack at the German capital's traditional Christmas markets this year; a 31-year-old woman and her 33-year-old male companion came forward yesterday, after hearing the latest report, to say they suffered a similar drugging on December 7. The victims have all have been approached by a lone man, often asking them to join in celebrating the birth of his first child with a shot. He's been described as 40 years old and five-foot-nine. Cops are trying to establish whether all the attacks are linked. The symptoms caused by the unnamed drug include dizziness, nausea and loss of consciousness.

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