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Ended up fighting for the dead daughter

Andrei Bambersky “fights violence with violence” and finally gets justice for his daughter.

  In the early morning of July 10, 1982, Andrei Bamberski received a phone call from his home in France. His ex-wife Danny Gunning told him that their daughter Kalinka died of heatstroke at her home in Lindau, Germany.
  Bambersky does not believe this conclusion. He determined that his daughter was murdered and swore revenge for the dead daughter. In the second half of his life, he almost only did one thing – travel between France and Germany to track down the murderer. In the eyes of outsiders, Bamberski is stubborn, extreme, and crazy; behind his obsession, there is a deep and forbearing father’s love, which makes him not hesitate to be the enemy of the whole world.
  For 27 years, Bamberski has experienced disappointments again and again. In 2009, when he was in his 70s, he “repressed violence with violence” and finally achieved justice for his daughter.
“The murderer is hiding the truth”

  ”Kalinka is very cute. She loves to laugh since she was a child. She is the jewel of our palm.” After learning of Kalinka’s death, Bamberski rushed from France to Germany overnight. He saw his daughter’s body and said these words repeatedly.
  Kalinka was 14 years old, the eldest daughter of Bambersky and Gunning, and her younger brother, Nicholas. Bamberski and Gunning were married in 1966. The initial marriage was sweet and passionate, but gradually, Gunning couldn’t stand Bambersky’s stubbornness, “he always complicates things”, “he’s crazy about cleanliness” and “he’s a paranoid”.
  Gunning later met Dieter Krom Bach, a cardiologist from Germany. Bambersky found out that she was abnormal, followed Gunning all the way, and found out that she was having an affair. Soon after the birth of the two children, Gunning left Bamberski, married Bach, and moved with Bach to Lindau, Germany.
  In the summer of 1982, a pair of sons and daughters went to the German homestay of their mother and stepfather Bach for a holiday. That’s when tragedy struck, but Bambersky doesn’t believe it was just an accident. On the day of Kalinka’s sudden death, the maximum temperature in Lindau was less than 30 degrees Celsius, but Bach claimed that Kalinka “died from heat stroke”, which made Bambersky feel that something was wrong with her daughter’s death.
  The emergency nurse’s words further deepened Bambersky’s suspicions. When the nurses arrived at the scene early that morning, Kalinka had entered a state of corpse, “which indicates that she has been dead for some time.” What made the nurse even more puzzled was that Bach, the most authoritative local doctor, injected Kalinka with calcium and iron to treat heatstroke. “This is obviously not a normal treatment method.”
  After returning to France, Bambersky obtained the autopsy report of his daughter from his ex-wife, translated the German into French, and studied it word by word. More doubts arose. The report stated that Kalinka’s cause of death was suffocation caused by reflux of food from her stomach into her lungs, not heatstroke. The report also mentions another anomaly: Kalinka’s external genitalia has a visible wound. At this moment, a voice came out of Bambersky’s heart: “Bach must have killed her!”
  Hearing Bambersky’s thoughts, ex-wife Gunning said he was “crazy”. Gunning felt that this was the always paranoid Bambersky waiting for an opportunity to avenge Bach’s “wife-snatching revenge”, “I’m tired of all this!” Neighbors also thought that Bambersky’s suspicion was unreasonable: “Bach is a A good doctor and a very well-known expert, he is very humorous and makes people unable to tell his faults.” “Bach is not responsible, Bambersky made up all this to deal with him.”
  For Bach of considerable social status, the German police There is no doubt. After Kalinka’s accidental death, the police did not summon Bach, but asked five questions over the phone, which Bach answered in writing at home. Forensic doctor Eisenmanger said: “The information we have is not enough to prove that this was a deliberate murder.” As for Kalinka’s physical abnormalities, Eisenmanger’s explanation is: “The body is in an extreme state of decomposition. , very fragile, and the undertaker caused accidental injuries when cleaning the body.”

Left: Bambersky and the Gunning family, with Kalinka on the left. Above right: Kalinka, 14. Bottom right: Stepfather Bach.

  But in Bambersky’s view, the police’s attitude is vague, and the forensic explanation is far-fetched. After a series of applications, he found prosecutors and opened his daughter’s coffin. The new round of autopsy results made Bamberski even more angry: Kalinka’s genitals were stolen. Bambersky stubbornly believed: “The evidence is gone, the murderer is hiding the truth.” The German police closed the case again, and Bach was still innocent.
“I never wanted to kill him”

  In Bambersky’s view, the troubled German judicial system became Bach’s “accomplice”. He decided that the German judiciary could not give Bach the punishment he deserved, and decided to avenge his daughter on his own.
  Bamberski made the flyers himself. He exposed Bach’s crimes on the flyer: “You must know that there is a criminal living in Lindau, Dr. Bach. He killed my beautiful daughter Kalinka, and the medical report shows sexual activity. His crimes were ignored, Why? I demand justice.” On the day of the German Oktoberfest, he went to crowded coffee shops and nightclubs, handing out 5,000 flyers to passersby.
  But passersby are skeptical and indifferent. Bach’s daughter Diana brought police to the scene and arrested Bambersky. Disappointment turned to despair as Bamberski was detained for interrogation.
  When desperate, Bambersky was reminded that Kalinka was French and that French judiciary had jurisdiction. It gave him renewed hope.
  In 1988, six years after Kalinka’s death, Bamberski found three French doctors for identification. The three French doctors all believe that Bach’s medical actions caused Kalinka to suffocate to death. After another seven years, a French court made a trial, found Bach guilty of negligently causing death, and sentenced him to 15 years in prison. Of course, Bach, who was hiding in Germany, did not appear in court.
  The moment he heard the verdict, Bambersky breathed a sigh of relief, thinking that “it’s finally over.” However, the German authorities refused to cooperate with the extradition of Bach, on the grounds that Bach was not guilty and the German government had an obligation to protect its own nationals. Bach would never go to jail as long as he didn’t go to France. Bambersky’s plan for revenge fails again. This is the thirteenth year since daughter Kalinka left.
  In 1997, 15 years after Kalinka’s death, the case took a turn for the better. A female patient under the age of 16 came forward and charged Bach. She said the “doctor demon” sedated herself and raped herself in the clinic. A German court found Bach guilty, although the punishment was a suspension of the doctor’s license and two years of probation.
  In the 1990s, the status of women in Germany was low, and it was difficult to guarantee their rights. When a TV station interviewed Bach, he showed no remorse in front of the camera: “She (the female patient) did not agree, but she did not refuse.” The female reporter said angrily: “Because you gave her medicine, she has no way to resist. !” Bach replied with a hippy smile: “Silence is acquiescence.”

  After the interview aired, the case spread throughout Germany. A reporter from a German newspaper thought of Bambersky. More than ten years ago, when this father found himself and accused Dr. Bach of being a murderer over and over again, he felt that the person in front of him was a lunatic. But this time, public opinion has reversed. The reporter took the initiative to contact Bambersky and wanted to hear him recount the whole story of Kalinka’s murder.
  Bambersky repeated word for word: “It’s obvious that Bach took advantage of Kalinka’s opportunity to live downstairs alone, injected her with drugs, and then raped her. The murderer was Bach.”
  ”Do you want to kill Bach? ?”
  ”I never wanted to kill him, because then justice wouldn’t be done,” Bamberski said.
“These are extreme battles”

  The reporter’s report was later published in the newspaper. He described Bambersky’s house like this: The room was a mess, full of files. “He spends several hours here every day, sorting out information and sorting out the case.”
  Bach, who has lost his doctor’s license, cannot practice medicine in Germany and has to work in clinics in neighboring countries. Bamberski followed him around the post offices on the German border, sending Bach’s international warrant. Bach was arrested, but each time he was released, he was never extradited to France.

Posters for the film “In the Name of My Daughter” and the documentary “The Murderer of My Daughter” based on the Kalinka case.

  At this time, Bambersky was even more crazy. He wrote to the French Prime Minister, requesting that the entire cabinet be used to arrest Bach. He asked a lawyer to sue the judge for “corruption, dereliction of duty, cowardice and incompetence”. The lawyer who initially took over the case accompanied Bamberski to whiten his hair and dry up his fighting spirit, and decided not to participate in Kalinka’s case. A woman who had been by his side after Bamberski’s divorce also left. But Bamberski persevered. “He is alive only when Kalinka’s case progresses,” said the woman who accompanied him.
  According to French law, the prosecution period is 30 years after Kalinka’s death. In 2009, with only three years left in the prosecution period, Bamberski resigned from his accounting job and flew to Lindau, Germany again. That September, he made a decision: “Kidn Bach and bring him back to France.”
  On the windows of coffee shops, inns and shops in Lindau, Bamberski posted leaflets asking for help “Transfer” Bach. On a Friday, a phone call from the hotel receptionist called into his room, “There’s someone here looking for you.” On that day, Bambersky met Anton.
  Anton was born in Kosovo and grew up in Austria. Anton, also a father, was “attracted to Bambersky’s power” after learning of Kalinka’s story. Bambersky asked how much money was needed, Anton smiled: “No, no money. Leave the rest to me, you don’t have to do anything.” With the help of two gangster “brothers”, Anton tied Bach to the France, after knocking him out, immediately called the police.
  In this way, twenty-seven years after Kalinka’s death, Bach was finally sentenced to 15 years in France. Walking out of court that day, Bambersky, in his 70s, hugged Anton and cried. After a long and tortuous revenge, long-suppressed emotions suddenly erupted. “I can finally console my daughter and mourn for Kalinka,” Bamberski said.
  In February 2020, Bach was released from a heart attack and died in Germany six months later. Anton, who was sentenced to a year for kidnapping, said he was incredibly proud of it. Bamberski faces a one-year suspended sentence for instigating the kidnapping charge. But he doesn’t care anymore, “Kalinka is in heaven and can see what I’ve done for her”.
  In 2016, this real case was put on the big screen. At the end of the movie “In the Name of Daughter”, the father before going to prison once again came to his daughter’s cemetery. The camera freezes, and the picture of Bambersky standing in front of the cemetery railing seems to imply that he has lived in the “cage” of revenge for his daughter for 27 years. Bambersky said this to his daughter: “I kept my promise and never gave up. This battle, I fought for you, although the road is rough and the long years have been sacrificed, I have no regrets at all. You are 44 years old today, and I miss you so much.”
  In July this year, Netflix made this story into a documentary “The Murderer of My Daughter”. Bambosky, with white hair and hunched back, appeared tremblingly, and asked in a voice-over, “What would you say to a father who lost a daughter now?”
  ”It’s been 39 years,” Bambosky sighed. “I’ll tell him, don’t waste your life. I’ve done justice for Kalinka like Don Quixote against the windmills. But in reality, these are extreme battles.”