Murdered pianist trial: Cellist confesses

Murdered pianist trial: Cellist confesses


norman lebrecht

May 27, 2015

In the second week of his trial for the murder of his wife, the pianist Kate de Marcken, the principal cellist of the Beethoven Bonn Orchestra, Sergei Kurochkin, broke his silence for the first time.

Speaking through his lawyer, Kurochkin admitted hitting his wife with a metal bar after she threatened to leave him and take their son away. He then suffocated her with a plastic bag before hiding the body in a cellar. Finally, he buried her in the woods, outside the town. More here (auf Deutsch).

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  • Blane Harford says:

    Obviously some people just can’t accept the responsibility of marriage.

    • JJC says:

      Really!? I believe that it goes very far beyond that, back to the basic tenet that says ‘Thou shalt not kill’.

      • Rob van der Hilst says:

        Well, if you would consider ‘marriage’ as ‘psychiatric facility’ you are certainly wright. 🙂

  • Robert Hairgrove says:

    He killed her in October, but had already dug the hole where he buried her during the summer, according to the article. I have absolutely no sympathy with such a cold-blooded murderer.