Hamburg Killings Understanding the Root Causes – Harmful Consequences of JW.ORG’s Shunning Practices

March 20, 2023 DANNY : DE HEK Season 2023 Episode 1129
Hamburg Killings Understanding the Root Causes – Harmful Consequences of JW.ORG’s Shunning Practices
Show Notes

On the evening of March 9th, 2023, a tragic event occurred at a Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Hamburg, Germany. A total of 61 people were in attendance, with 36 present in person and 25 joining online.

According to reports, a 35-year-old man, identified as a former member of the Jehovah’s Witnesses, shot 10 times into a vehicle with a lady inside who escaped, unharmed outside the Kingdom Hall. He then entered the building, firing 135 rounds with a backpack full of ammunition.

This tragic incident resulted in the deaths of six adults, with eight others sustaining injuries, including the loss of an unborn child. The police responded to the incident swiftly, arriving eight minutes after the shooting began. The gunman fled upstairs and was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

During a search of the man’s apartment, authorities found 15 loaded magazines and four boxes of ammunition, totalling 200 cartridges. Police reported that an anonymous letter received earlier revealed that the man had anger towards the Witnesses and his former employer, although he had no prior criminal record and was not known as an extremist.


  • Introduction 00:00:00
  • Breaking Free from the Jehovah’s Witness Faith 00:13:25
  • My Mother’s Involvement with Jehovah’s Witnesses 00:17:10
  • Positive Memories as a Jehovah’s Witness 00:20:50
  • Disfellowshipping and Speaking Out Against Jehovah’s Witnesses 00:25:45
  • Jehovah’s Witnesses’ Impact on Mental Health and Suicide 00:35:15
  • Robert de Hek: A Short Life 00:51:00
  • Life after Suicide and Rickie Charlesworth 00:57:06
  • Linda Warfield’s Struggles with Mental Health, Addiction, and Suicide Attempts 01:11:58
  • Linda Warfield’s Tragic Story of Battling Depression and Addiction 01:17:20
  • Religious Pressure and Two Lost Lives by Suicide 01:24:45
  • Coping with Loss and Grief in Disownment from Jehovah’s Witnesses 01:32:00
  • Lack of Mental Health Understanding and Negligence by Jehovah’s Witnesses 01:38:22
  • Leaving a Religious Cult and Finding Closure and Support 01:47:30
  • Conclusion 01:53:30

Breaking Free from the Jehovah’s Witness Faith: Coping with Disfellowshipping and Its Consequences


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