The End of 'Dr. Death'

"Rüdiger has been lying," Zuroff told AP. "Either he is lying now or he was lying before, and he has a vested interest in this so anything he says has to be taken with a certain amount of scepticism and suspicion -- and the most important thing is missing: the body. There's no grave, there's no corpse, there's no DNA tests."

Rüdiger Heim told ZDF that his father had been buried in a common grave in Cairo, where many graves are recycled, "so that the chance of finding remains is unlikely."

Almost 50 years ago, German investigators had closed in on Heim while he still lived in Baden-Baden and maintained a gynecological practice. When they tried to arrest him in September, 1962, he slipped away, probably acting on a tip. His son now says Heim travelled through France, Spain and Morocco before settling in Egypt.

Documents in the briefcase include an Egyptian death certificate for Tarek Hussein Farid, according to the New York Times and ZDF, as well as passports for Farid that show a man who resembles Heim. They also include a letter addressed to SPIEGEL responding to a 1979 report about his case in the magazine. "It was only sheer coincidence that the police could not arrest me because I was not at home at the time," the letter claims.

So far there's no evidence the letter was sent. SPIEGEL has no copy in its archive.

msm -- with wire reports

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