A tragic story from Germany involving American tourists: two girls enjoying a hike near Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria were brutally attacked by another American, then shoved off a cliff after they rebuffed his sexual advances. The blood of 21-year-old Eva Liu calls out for justice.
American Tourists Attacked Near Neuschwanstein Castle, One Dead
Located in the rugged foothills of the Alps in Bavaria’s Swabia region, Neuschwanstein Castle is a tourist must-see. Beyond the castle itself, though, the entire area is so beautiful and ideally suited for hiking in the spring, summer, and autumn months.
I fondly remember my first visit and what an incredible time it was and look forward to taking my kids there, maybe even this summer.
But the visit was anything but tranquil for Eva Liu and Kelsey Chang.
The two young women live in the Chicagoland area and were visiting Germany. On a visit to Neuschwanstein Castle, they encountered another American; a 30-year-old from Michigan named Troy Bohling. Bohling allegedly lured the women to a “scenic” view then attempted to sexually assault Liu. When Chang rushed to protect her friend, he choked her and then threw Chang off the cliff. She survived, despite tumbling over 160 feet.
A fight with Liu ensued. Eventually, Bohling allegedly threw Liu off the cliff too. Both women were rescued, but Liu died in an area hospital later that day.
A bystander helped police identify Bohling, who was found with scratches all over his face and arrested. He now faces murder charges and will be tried in Germany.
Side note: I cannot help but say here that these are the sort of cases where I find the death penalty wholly appropriate if we give more than lip service to the sanctity of human life…but Germany does not have capital punishment. Far from showing that we value life so much we will not take it even from the worst offenders of human rights, we show a disregard for the value of life when we respond to murder by putting murderers in a hotel room on the taxpayer’s dime. But I totally digress…
The family is exploring its legal options. If you are aware of any lawyer who is familiar with both German and US criminal law, please reach out in the comments below. The families are looking into their options.
Also, consider helping the family defray funeral and transportation expenses here.
The story of Liu and Chang is nothing short of tragic and Liu’s blood screams for justice. More broadly, I find it tragic that two young women (or anyone at all) should be in fear when hiking in a popular tourist venue like Neuschwanstein Castle. Bohling is innocent until proven guilty, but the evidence against him appears substantial.