Another series of rapes, and now murder, of West German women allegedly by U.S. soldiers is unfolding here.
In the Bavarian town of Regen, local police said they arrested a 30-year-old U.S. serviceman Wednesday in connection with the rape and death of a 15-year-old West German schoolgirl.
On July 14, the military newspaper Stars and stripes reported that a 23-year-old GI based at Giessen, north of Frankfurt, was being held in pretrial confinement after being charged by West German authorities with the rape and murder of a West German nurse.
On July 4, the newspaper, citing an Army spokesman, also reported that three soldiers in Herzogenaurach, near Nuremberg, were charged in connection with the rape and assault of a 24-year-old secretary. In April and May, three cases of alleged rape by U.S. servicemen within three weeks in nearby Erlangen caused a considerable strain in relations between the Army and local residents.
A spokesman for the U.S. Army European command headquarters in Heidelberg, who would address only the two murder cases, said, "It is unusual to have two such serious crimes in this short space of time. However, they were quickly and thoroughly investigated and individuals have been charged in each case."