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DAILYMAIL - A woman escaped from a DIY torture chamber rigged with eight bombs designed to detonate when her German captor had finished with her.
Despite being handcuffed the unnamed woman, 26, made her escape by diving head-first through a window that had been covered over with barbed wire.
She spotted her opportunity to run for freedom when Thomas Fischer, 30, forgot to lock the door to her ‘cell’ – a modified telephone box which had been soundproofed to absorb her screams.
When police arrived at Fischer’s apartment in Wachtelstrasse, Hamburg, they discovered a scene that could have come straight from the script of a horror film.
A police spokesman said: ‘The whole two-roomed apartment was rigged up as one massive torture chamber, with this big old-fashioned telephone kiosk soundproofed as the cell for his victim.’
Fischer had a ‘vast array’ of medical implements – scalpels, needles, gynaecological instruments and syringes – that he practised with on a mannequin.
He had turned fire extinguishers into bombs so volatile that police had to evacuate 300 people to safety when his flat was searched. A Walther pistol and a hand grenade were also discovered.
Armed: Fischer’s flat was filled with dangerous items including a Walther pistol similar to this one (file photograph)
Volatile: Among the weapons was a hand grenade and several fire extinguishers which Fischer had turned into home-made bombs (file photographs)
Having been snatched off the street on Friday, the Israeli woman was only in Fischer’s clutches for two hours but it appears he had intended to keep her locked up for much longer.
Senior public prosecutor Wilhelm Möllers said: ‘It is evident that the apartment was meant as a place of confinement for some time.’
Fischer had rigged up a camera outside the door to his apartment so he could see who was trying to enter and had stored huge planks in the basement designed to seal the windows.
Media reports in Germany said Fischer planned a ‘months’ long martyrdom’ for the woman before detonating the fertiliser bombs which he made using information found on the internet.
Police said the Fischer knew his victim after being introduced to her by a friend but that there was ‘definitely no relationship’.
However, Fischer began to stalk the woman and police spoke of an obsession with owning his victim. German media speculated that Fischer wanted to get the woman pregnant.
The incident has already drawn comparisons with the Natascha Kampusch case in Austria, where loner Wolfgang Priklopil kidnapped Kampusch as a young girl and held her for nearly nine years in a secret cellar of his home.
Neighbours said that Fischer was regarded as a loner but was nonetheless helpful in collecting post and carrying groceries for elderly tenants in his apartment block.
He has not said a word since he was arrested.