Date-Rape Drug Terror Stalks Berlin

By Will Godfrey 12/12/11

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.

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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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Will Godfrey is the former editor-in-chief of TheFix. He was also the founding editor-in-chief of, and previously co-founded a magazine for prisoners in London. His work has appeared in Salon, Pacific Standard, AlterNet and The Nation among others. He is currently the Executive Director at FILTER. You can find Will on Linkedin and Twitter.