A former bouncer from Germany allegedly killed his 22-year-old British heiress girlfriend for money because he was debt-ridden — despite his claims she died in an “erotic game gone wrong,” according to a report.
Marc Schätzle, 32, is on trial in Switzerland in the death of Anna Reed, heiress to a multimillion-dollar racehorse fortune.
The pair met in Thailand while she was on a round-the-world trip.
In April 2019, the couple booked into the Hotel la Palma au Lac in Locarno, Switzerland, where Reed was found dead in the bathroom. An autopsy revealed she died from strangulation, and also suffered small cuts and bruises.
A court in Lugano was told that Schätzle — a father of two who used the name Marc Dirtywhite — had run up debts of more than $54,000 through alcohol, drugs and designer duds, The Sun reported.
“She liked sex clubs such as the Kit Kat in Berlin and drinking — she was British,” he told the court, according to the outlet.
Questioned about the alleged sex game, he said: “I put a towel around her neck and started kissing her. But she wanted more so I put my hand on the towel and pushed.”
Schätzle, who has the word “warrior” emblazoned on his forehead, allegedly knew Reed had “more than £25,000 (about $34,000) in her account,” according to the outlet.
On the evening of her death, the couple had shared a $140 bottle of champagne over dinner before returning to their hotel penthouse.
Guests reported hearing a loud argument from the room before Schätzle appeared in the lobby to say she was unwell.
“I heard breaking glass and furniture being pushed noisily around the room,” one guest reportedly said. “There was crying. A voice said, ‘You are killing me’ or ‘You are kidding me.’ I wanted to go and say something but thought it was too dangerous.”
The court heard that Reed had been given the money as a 21st birthday present by her father, Clive, who owns a stud farm worth more than $16 million.
The heiress had spent about $4,000 a month but her spending “jumped considerably” after she met Schätzle, The Sun reported.
Five months after her death, investigators found Reed’s credit card hidden in a panel of an elevator at the hotel and suspect Schätzle stole it from her either before or after her death and hid it.
He later claimed he had hidden it there as a joke.
Schätzle, who has denied deliberately killing Reed, is charged with intentional homicide, theft, fraud and drug offenses.
His social media name, Marc Dirtywhite, refers to a street term for “raw cocaine.”