Wolfgang Geier (detective)

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Wolfgang Geier (* 1955 ) is a German detective. From February to October 2002 he was head of the Peggy II Investigative Commission in the Peggy Knobloch case . From July 2005 to January 2008, he was the Nuremberg BAO Bosphorus before that as one of the largest homicide ever on the 2000 lasting until 2006 murders of migrants was scheduled, the investigation but inconclusive completed before the actions of extreme right-wing terrorist group National Socialist Underground assigned could become.


Geier grew up in Burgebrach . He joined the Nuremberg riot police in 1972 and from 1977 worked for the Bamberg criminal investigation department in the drug and special investigation department. In 1982 he was promoted to the senior police force and was for a short time group leader of the Bamberg-Land police station, but soon went back to the criminal police in the homicides department. After graduating from the Police Leadership Academy in Münster in 1990, he became a criminal adviser and head of the Würzburg criminal police. From 1992 he headed the Aschaffenburg police department. Thanks to his good reputation as a persistent and meticulous investigator, he became head of the Peggy II investigative commission in 2002 on the instructions of the Bavarian Ministry of the Interior (under the direction of Minister Günther Beckstein ) after the investigation into this murder case got bogged down, which is why he temporarily transferred to the Hof Police Department the hall was shut down.

In the autumn of 2003 he was promoted to chief criminal director and became head of the criminal investigation department in Nuremberg. From 2005 to 2008 he was in charge of BAO Bosporus , which was investigated nationwide. From 2008 until his retirement in 2014 he was the chief criminal director at the Lower Franconian police headquarters in Würzburg. He has also lived in the Würzburg area since 1990.

Geier is married and has three children. He played soccer and tennis and later golf.

Chief investigator in the Peggy and NSU cases

Geier investigated the Peggy K. cases and the NSU murders in some of the most sensational murder cases in the Federal Republic of Germany. In both cases, he was later criticized for rashly identifying the perpetrator: In the Peggy case , a mentally disabled suspect who had been suspected of sex offenses against boys was persuaded to make a confession. He was sentenced to life imprisonment in 2004 and acquitted on retrial in 2014.

In the case of the Ceska series of murders , in which the right-wing extremist terrorist group National Socialist Underground (NSU) shot and killed nine small businesses with a migration background between 2000 and 2006, the BAO Bosporus, under Geier's direction , searched for suspects from Turkish organized crime for a long time and closed its investigation without any result. until the perpetration of the NSU in November 2011 after the self-exposure and the death of the two main perpetrators Uwe Mundlos and Uwe Böhnhardt became apparent.

In both cases, Geier later came under fire after it became clear in 2011 in the case of the series of murders and in 2014 in the Peggy case that the investigations had focused on the wrong people (groups). Geier, who was considered a “man for the difficult cases” and a “doer” who came to results, was accused in some media of having committed too quickly to a certain direction of investigation and neglecting other leads.

Geier himself admitted mistakes in the case of the NSU murders before the Bundestag investigation committee in 2012. A right-wing extremist background was definitely investigated, but no indication of a motive could be found and it was also assumed that the perpetrators were concentrated in the Nuremberg area. A list (with over 200 names) of possible right-wing extremist suspects requested from the Bavarian Office for the Protection of the Constitution was only made available after a six-month delay and upon request.

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Individual evidence

  1. ^ Olaf Przybilla : Peggy and NSU. Geier: "There was never a trace to be seen". In: Süddeutsche Zeitung , October 15, 2016 (page 2).
  2. ^ Serious errors by an investigator , Süddeutsche Zeitung, October 15, 2014.
  3. ^ Konrad Litschko: Investigators in the cases of Peggy K. and NSU: The false suspect. In: Die Tageszeitung , October 17, 2016; Olaf Przybilla : Peggy and NSU: serious errors of an investigator. In: Süddeutsche Zeitung , October 15, 2016.
  4. ^ Soko leader admits error in investigation into NSU murders , Zeit Online, April 26, 2012.