Unsolved Mysteries

Horror on the Ferry: The Viking Sally Murder

In 1987, a student holiday turned into carnage as Klaus Schelkle was brutally murdered at sea, with his girlfriend Bettina Taxis left fighting for her life. The case is unsolved.

Michael East
True Crime Detective
21 min readJun 21, 2023

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Travelling by sea can be an amazing adventure. It’s a unique experience that combines feelings of peace with excitement as you navigate vast open waters. The allure of exploring new places, feeling the salty breeze on your face, and meeting a diverse group of people on board creates an atmosphere full of anticipation and friendship. However, there’s a disturbing truth beneath this calm: you are trapped with nowhere to run.

The idea of being trapped on board a ship with a psychopath has fascinated many, being a trope in numerous thriller and horror films. However, events on board the MS Viking Sally in 1987 show that there is some truth behind this fiction.

Some may say that the ship was cursed, the scene of two murders, a maiming and finally, one of the biggest tragedies of the 20th century. However, this passes responsibility for the horrifying events to come from the realm of men into the world of the supernatural when the truth is that the horror on board the Viking

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Michael East
True Crime Detective

Freelance writer. Writing on true crime, mysteries, politics, history, popular culture, and more. | https://linktr.ee/MichaelEast