Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 31 August 2014

Emotional impact of bungled kidnapping

The disappearance of German industrialist Thomas Neidermayer led to his wife believing her whole life was “completely messed up” and contemplating suicide, new documents have revealed.

Gunmen—understood to be members of the Provisional IRA— kidnapped the 45-year-old from his Suffolk bungalow on December 27, 1973.

The father-of-two was the managing director of the Gruundig plant in Dunmurry. His body was not discovered until 1980 when workmen found his remains in a shallow grave in west Belfast.

It is understood the bungled kidnapping was meant to lead to the release of the Price sisters, Marian and Dolours, who had been jailed for their part in the IRA London bombing campaign.

In 1979, a year before his remains were found, his widow Ingerborg received £100,000 in compensation.

The emotional impact the case had on his wife is now revealed. In a heartbreaking statement she told police: “I haven’t much to live for... I just go on from day to day... I can’t sleep so well.”

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