‘Ice cream’ killer begins publishing internship

The woman known as the ‘ice cream’ killer who is in jail in Austria for murdering two lovers and storing their body parts in the cellar of her ice cream shop is to start an internship at a publishing company.

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Estibaliz Carranza, 36, is serving a life sentence in a mental institution in Austria after being found guilty in 2012 of shooting her husband Holger Holz in the head in 2008 and then killing her lover Manfred Hinterberger in his sleep in 2010.

The gruesome discovery that Spanish-Mexican Carranza had chopped the bodies up with a chainsaw and stored their heads and other body parts in cement in the cellar in Vienna shocked Austria.

After releasing her memoirs ‘My Two Lives, The True Story of the Ice Lady’ in 2014 with the publishing company edition a, the firm has now confirmed that the murderer is to start an internship with them.

The company confirmed to Heute newspaper that Carranza, who has studied distance learning courses in Business Education, is to intern with them for three months.

“It is correct that Mrs Carranza will carry out an ‘internet module’ with us in the next three months”, said editor Bernhard Salomon who added that the inmate will give marketing tips to authors from a laptop in the prison. “That was her own idea,” he said.

In her memoirs, which she did not get paid for, Carranza wrote that she does not want understanding or a pardon but that she made her lovers into “monsters and finally they made me a beast”.

“I killed two men, whom I once loved,” Carranza writes. “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.”

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What happens if you get arrested in Austria?

It’s always good to know your legal rights when living as a foreigner in Austria - including if you get in trouble with the police.

What happens if you get arrested in Austria?

Getting arrested is probably not high up on a list of must-dos for international residents in Austria, but it’s not a bad idea to know what would happen if you did.

In a nutshell, the process in Austria is similar to most other countries in that you have to be suspected of committing a crime to be arrested.

But what happens next? What are your rights? And how long can someone be held in custody?

Here’s what you need to know.

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When can someone be arrested in Austria?

If someone is suspected of being a criminal, they can be arrested by the police and taken to a police station for questioning. 

Under the Austrian Code of Criminal Procedure, suspects must be informed of their rights as soon as possible, or at the very least before being interrogated by the police.

They also have a right to remain silent or to make a statement, as well as consult a lawyer.

According to Vienna-based attorney Evert Vastenburg, the initial detainment after arrest can last up to 48 hours while a judge decides whether a person should remain in custody or not.

A suspect can then be released on bail or under certain conditions, such as handing over a passport to police.

However, those suspected of serious crimes that typically lead to a prison sentence of 10 years or more (if found guilty) are almost always remanded in custody.

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When is someone remanded in custody?

To be refused bail and remanded in custody, there must be serious suspicion that another crime could be committed. 

The judge also must believe there is no other way to deal with the suspect. For example, he/she needs to be readily available to the authorities for questioning.

Another valid reason to keep someone in custody past the initial 48 hours is the risk of someone absconding. In fact, Vastenburg says a flight risk is often assumed with people that do not live and work in Austria.

Other reasons to deny a suspect release are a risk that evidence will be destroyed, witnesses will be contacted, or there is a possibility that further crimes will be committed.

What happens if bail is denied?

If bail is denied and a person must be held in custody for more than 48 hours, they have to be legally represented by a lawyer.

If a suspect can’t afford to hire a lawyer, they will be appointed a Verfahrenshilfe (public defender) by the state.

The case will be then reviewed by a judge on a regular basis to decide if custody should continue.

The first review will take place after 14 days, then at one month and every two months, but a suspect can petition for release at any time.

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How many foreigners are in Austrian prisons?

According to data from the Austrian Judiciary, the number of foreigners in Austrian jails as of June 1st 2022 was 4,332 – almost 50 percent of all prisoners.

In relation to the statistics, the Austrian Judiciary states: “The high proportion of foreigners is one of many challenges for the Austrian penal system. 

“In particular, with regard to successful rehabilitation, the fastest possible transfer to the countries of origin is encouraged.

The most common nationality of foreign prisoners in Austria is Romanian, followed by people from the former Yugoslavian states, Hungary, Nigeria and Turkey.