NY police hunt for suspects in slaying of noted Nazi death camp survivor

July 31, 2009 11:46 pm 

NEW YORK, Aug. 1 — Police said Friday they were seeking suspects in the slaying of a Nazi death camp survivor, once owner of a popular 1970s night club, whose bound and beaten body was found in his ransacked New York City apartment.

The bloodied body of Guido Felix Brinkmann, 89, a realtor, was found fully clothed but under a sheet on Thursday evening in the bedroom of his fourth floor apartment in an Upper East Side doorman building, investigators said. There was no sign of forced entry but drawers were pulled out and the flat was in disarray.

Brinkmann, who opened the popular Adam's Apple disco in the early 1970s, survived the concentration-extermination camp of Auschwitz, in German-occupied Poland, during World War II, Bo Dietl, a private investigator told Xinhua.

Auschwitz was the largest and most infamous death camp.

Dietl, a well-known former New York City Police Department detective who runs Beau Dietl & Associates, a private investigating agency in New York City, said he was a longtime friend of Brinkmann.

It was there Brinkmann met his wife, who died about a year ago, Dietl said. Brinkmann lived alone since her death.

"He was a remarkable guy who survived Auschwitz," the investigator said. "He was four times pulled from the extermination line."

Dietl said Brinkmann owns property in the Bronx, a New York City borough. "He was a workaholic. Up to his death he worked seven days. He was an amazing man."

A man and a woman visited Brinkmann in his apartment on Wednesday night, Dietl said, adding police were looking for them.

Brinkmann's car with the distinctive "FELIXB" license plate was missing from its parking spot. (PNA/Xinhua) ALM

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