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A Perfect Crime: Netflix to examine Germany's answer to JFK assassination

Streaming giant’s first German documentary will look at case of reunification official who was shot dead at long range
Detlev Karsten Rohwedder was in charge of the denationalisation of thousands of East German businesses after reunification. Photograph: Ullstein Bild/Getty Images

Three bullets fired from a long-range rifle, a prime suspect who died before he could confess, and enough unanswered questions to spawn numerous conspiracy theories: the death in 1991 of Detlev Karsten Rohwedder had all the hallmarks to become Germany’s version of John F Kennedy’s assassination.

The murder of the Social Democrat politician tasked with overseeing the de-nationalisation of thousands of state-owned businesses after the merger of East and West Germany will attract renewed speculation from Friday with the launch of A Perfect Crime, the first German documentary commissioned by the US streaming giant Netflix.

The four-part programme reconsiders Rohwedder’s death from the views of three possible

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