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Cold-blooded ‘ice-cream’ killer used a chainsaw

A woman known as the 'ice-cream killer' who murdered both her ex-husband and her boyfriend, dismembering them with a chainsaw and hiding their bodies in the basement of her ice-cream parlour in Vienna, has released a memoir.

Cold-blooded 'ice-cream' killer used a chainsaw
The ice-cream parlour where the murders were committed. Photo: APA

Known popularly as the Ice-Lady, Goidsargi Estibaliz Carranza Zabala was 36 when something in her snapped, and she shot and killed her ex-husband while he was sitting at his computer in 2008.

Holger Holz was her first victim.  He had refused to move out of their home after their divorce.

According to the memoir, she then used the sound of the ice-cream making machines in her ice-cream parlour to drown out the sounds of the chainsaw, as she cut off his head and dismembered his body, storing the body parts in flower pots in her basement.

Two years later, after apparently getting away with murder, Carranza also murdered her new boyfriend while he was sleeping.  Manfred Hinterberger was an ice-cream machine salesman some 20 years her senior, whom she described as drunk and abusive.

Before killing him, she took shooting lessons as well as a course in mixing concrete at a local hardware store. She shot him as he slept after a drunken argument in November 2010 with the same Beretta she had used to dispatch her first husband.

"He turned his face to the wall and started snoring… I was so angry. I had the gun under the mattress. I took it out, loaded and shot," the Spanish-Mexican Carranza told the court.

In the morning she "asked him to forgive me for what I had done". She then proceeded to dispose of the body.

Again, she used the chainsaw, with the body parts submerged in cement she mixed in large flower pots in the basement of Schleckeria — which is still serving ice-cream today in Wien-Meidling.

A third boyfriend got her pregnant in 2011, and she was looking forward to a happy future when workmen stumbled across the remains in the basement, and called the police.


Goidsargi Estibaliz Carranza Zabala. Photo: APA

Getting wind of her imminent arrest, Carranza high-tailed it across the Alps to Italy in a 480 km (300 mile) taxi ride, where she was arrested a few days later in the home of a street musician.

At her trial in 2012 chief prosecutor Petra Freh said Carranza's crimes were horrific and that she was a "highly dangerous woman ready to do anything".

A police psychiatrist at the trial said it was highly likely that she would kill again, if the opportunity arose.  

A psychiatric report commissioned by the court said that Carranza, now in a unit for the "mentally abnormal", was dangerous and was like a "princess… who just wants to be 'rescued' by a man".

The son she bore while in custody is now being cared for by her parents in Barcelona.

This week, she released a memoir entitled My Two Lives, The True Story of the Ice Lady, co-written with journalist Martina Prewein.  Any proceeds from the memoir will go to the families of her victims, according to the book's publisher.

"I killed two men, whom I once loved," Carranza writes in the book. "There is no way of glossing this over, I robbed two mothers of their sons. I believed I had to serve men, no matter how they behaved."

She said she had simply been unable to break up with her lover, Manfred Hinterberger.

"I couldn't say no. I couldn't do it, I couldn't get free of him."

She said she made them into "monsters and finally they made me a beast".

She is likely to remain in a secure facility for the criminally insane for the rest of her life.

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Does Austria have a street car racing problem?

A fatal accident involving a speeding driver in the streets of Austria's capital Vienna has once again sparked the debate about illegal car racing in the country.

Does Austria have a street car racing problem?

A 26-year-old man sped through the streets of central Vienna in his Mercedes on a Sunday evening.

After he failed to stop at a red light he mowed into a car being driven by a 48-year-old woman. She later died in hospital.

The police had said a video recorder at the time of the accident showed evidence the driver was taking part in some kind of illegal race. Even though a Vienna court later said it saw “no evidence at all” that indicates street racing, the debate was already ignited.

Does Austria, and especially Vienna, have an illegal car racing problem?

According to the Viennese police, there are no statistics specifically for street racing. However, “there is an active racing scene in Vienna”, spokesperson Markus Dittrich told The Local.

READ ALSO: What happens if you get arrested in Austria?

Estimates put the number of “members of the illegal scene” in Vienna between 800 to 1,000 people. Current hotspots are still the area around Kahlenberg, Triester Straße, the Oberlaa area and the Kagran business park.

The police measured instances of speeding and from April to August 2022, around 6,500 reports were placed in the capital and 30 driving licenses were confiscated on site.

What are the police currently doing?

“In order to take decisive action against the active racing scene, checks have been significantly increased.”

“Furthermore, coordinated traffic planning checks are being carried out by the Vienna police department and various city police commands, and the relevant municipal departments are also involved”, Dittrich said.

In August, the City of Vienna took action in one of the “hotspots” for racing, adding 65 concrete barriers to prevent races in the car park in Kahlenberg, as The Local reported.

As racers move to different areas once blocks are put in place, the police also resort heavily on the two consequences it can impose: high fines and the revocation of driving licenses.”.

READ ALSO: Vienna wants to take action against speeding drivers

Fines can reach up to €5,000 on higher offences, such as driving 40 km/h or more over the speeding limit in a city (or 50 km/h above limits on a road). In addition, driving licences can be withheld for one month or three months in the case of repeated offences.

From an excess of 80 km/h, the license is taken away for half a year.

Calls for changes in the law

The recent debate in Austria has also now brought the issue of possible changes in the law, with experts claiming that the current legislation might not be sufficient.

Illegal racing is not a crime per se, but offences such as “endangering physical safety” or “deliberate endangerment of the public” are applied. If people are killed or injured, the crime is negligence – with up to three years in prison possible for those convicted of grossly negligent homicide.

READ ALSO: Everything you need to know about driving on the autobahn in Austria

Some are asking for “zero tolerance“, saying that the crimes should not be seen as negligence but as murder – those who drive too fast or under the influence of alcohol take a risk knowing they might kill someone.

Others, however, say that turning negligence into murder holds a trap. “Attempted murder is also punishable. So the penalty for just participating in an illegal auto race where nothing happened? In practice, for example, 12 years in prison for 350 meters of a car race on Triester Straße?” wrote Constitutional Court member Dr Michael Rami on Twitter.

Still, the head of the legal services at Austria’s traffic authority ÖAMTC, Martin Hoffer, told public broadcaster ORF: “To prove murder against someone, you, of course, have to prove the corresponding intentionality”.

“That doesn’t mean a specific intention to kill a certain person, but to seriously consider it possible (and to accept) that someone may die in that situation.” So, a racing driver may not set out to kill someone, but they acknowledge that their actions could result in somebody’s death.

That could be a realistic scenario in an illegal race – and the debate in Austria continues.

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