The Deadliest Catch
On 28 February 1994, water police forces recovered a female body from the Rhine near Oestrich-Winkel, river Main in Hesse. Well packed in a black travel bag, strapped with a SCUBAPRO diving belt and weighted down with 2.5 kg lead weights each.
SCUBAPRO Diving Belt, Police Hesse
Weights 2.5 kg Police Hesse
The face of the dead was disfigured beyond recognition. For the next few years, it remained unclear who's corpse it was. Until March 2003, all attempts to identify the unknown were unsuccessful. Then the woman was then identified as Helga Mergelsberg after a facial soft tissue reconstruction. It was assumed that she and her husband, who had since been sought with an international arrest warrant, had "disappeared" in January 1994. It was not so.
Helga Mergelsberg, born on 30.03.1938, was registered at the time of her death in 64839 Münster, district Darmstadt-Dieburg.
Helga Mergelsberg, Police Hesse
Heinz Horst Mergelsberg had gone underground, and between 27 and 31 January 1994 he was last seen again in a hotel in the Cologne area under the false name "Heinz Wergers", then again in connection with the Düsseldorf company New York Broker Deutschland, which also went bankrupt a few years later. If the information is correct! After that, the trail of the smart investment broker who used options on precious metals and derivatives to fleece his clientele's lost, vanished. The total damage of approximately DM 17 million, at that time, was only the peak of the Iceberg. Mergelsberg was so smart to do twice as good business with his company (MOT) Main Option Trading, which also traded on the DTB (Deutsche Termin Börse). Serious estimates put the total damage at well over DM 30 million.
New muscular friends from Russia
As if from papers that leaked to the press at the beginning of the millennium in connection with another investment firm as a source, partner Jürgen Hock had resigned because he did not trust Mergelsberg. Even Jürgen Hock had got into considerable difficulties and, according to his statements, was kidnapped by unknown persons, under the force of arms, to recover the investment.
There had been Russian bodyguards in the industry and they were extremely unpleasant.
Mergelsberg also succeeded in putting further brokers and table sellers under pressure. Later table salesmen from Mergelsberg moved from Frankfurt to Düsseldorf or immediately to Malaga.
A neat villa in Stresemannstraße in Frankfurt the company was integrated into the options trading of those days. Three cars, including the Mazda X sports car and a Terrano, were owned by the outwardly successful broker. His wife and he had spent a holiday in the USA over Christmas 1993/94.
The Grim Reaper for the grey market brokers came at that time
As early as 1999, documents appeared in Baden that pointed to Mergelsberg's business, which was not business. He had looted the accounts and even owed his contributions to the pope of all option traders, the German Futures Trading Association (DTV).
For years Mergelsberg had contact with Dieter Breitkreuz, who died in a plane crash in 2004. Breitkreuz, head of Phoenix Kapitaldienst since 1977, as being active in the same business area as Mergelsberg, who has been missing since January 1994. Breitkreuz crashed under unexplained circumstances, 2004, on a golf course with a small plane. The gangsters helped each other in the days of 1993.
He also served the brokers, who passed the money directly to Refco. At Refco, which went bankrupt with 165 billion US$, the current right-wing populist Nigel Farage worked at that time. Through Man Financial in Sugar Square or AMT in London, the money was laundered as white as it would not have been possible with the best washing powder.
About numerous business friends of Mergelsberg, facts were revealed in these days, which the broker who worked for Frankfurt Airport in civilian life was not happy to hear.
Whether Mergelsberg is still alive at all cannot be answered. He had the best connections to Latin America, as well as many of the grey market traders who were from Marbella and South America. Wergers, however, was still a Term, years after Mergelsberg was supposed to have gone underground. A trail of the man with the French country estate led to India and there it silted up in Goa. A mistress was also quoted, which probably did not exist.
At some point, all anyone knew was that he had broken away. Some suspected that he had got with the wrong people and found a wet grave with his wife. Probably Mergelsberg died a short time later. There were men after him who came from the former Soviet Union. This story was told at least in the WTG companies, at the beginning of the millennium.
Tonight Mergelsberg is wanted in connection with the death of his wife on file number xy ungelöst. (German Crime Watch)
The public prosecutor's office in Darmstadt, therefore, has the following questions for the audience:
Who killed Helga Mergelsberg?
Who had contacts with Heinz Horst Mergelsberg or a person who appeared under the name of Heinz Wergers from the end of January 1994 onwards?
Who knows his current whereabouts?
In 1994, the accused was about 1.86 meters tall and slim. He had brown eyes and a strikingly forward-leaning posture. This posture is due to an illness and is likely to have worsened over the years. Heinz Horst Mergelsberg wore glasses and occasionally wore a full beard. A striking feature was a birthmark in the neck, about 5 to 6 centimetres in size.
Please send information to the criminal investigation department in Darmstadt, Hessen
Crime Squad 10,
Telephone number +49 6151 969 0