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Did Andreas Lubitz murder for fame? Maria W. should not be believed

by | 29th, March 2015

Did Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz see mass murder as his route to eternal fame? The BBC says he did. Maybe. It repeats a line someone billed as Maria W. gave to German tabloid Bild . This source says Lubitz told her:

“One day I’m going to do something that will change the whole system, and everyone will know my name and remember.”

We are left to wonder why such a comment is not fully attributed? If “Maria W”, who says she dated Lubitz for five months, wants to speak to the Press, why not use her full name?

Whatever the truth of her story, the BBC has been willing to amplify it. It should be careful. As USA Today writes on the same matter, the woman is only Lubitz’s  “purported former girlfriend”.  The BBC makes no such claim for circumspection. It simply states that she had been his girlfriend:

 

Maria W Lubitz

 

Behind an internet paywall, Bild’s  front-page story makes Lubitz’s apparent words the main reason why he did it and so many people died:

He threatened: “One day, everyone will know my name”

All facts say  Bild and the BBC . But USA Today notes:

The claims could not immediately be verified independently.

The Daily Mail reports on Maria’s W’s words:

She said he even warned her that he was going to commit an act so heinous that his name would be remembered for ever.

The woman, known only as Maria W, revealed to German newspaper Bild how he ominously told her last year: ‘One day I will do something that will change

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