But any pretense of this as a fun circus went out the tent flap after the two criminals shot one of their captives in the head and a police officer died in a crash during pursuit. Eventually the pair got a new getaway car and released all surviving hostages but two young women, whom they kept with loaded guns pressed to their throats. But not even that horrific scene stopped the media from forming a circle around the car as it slowly pressed on. One journalist even hopped in the car for a quick chat, asking hostage Silke Bischoff "What's it like to have a gun held to your neck?"
Bischoff was later shot dead by Rosner when a gunfight broke out, but Rosner and Degowski were taken alive and eventually sentenced to life in prison. After the incident, the entire German media was accused of gross misconduct, with the head of its largest union calling it "the darkest hour of German journalism since the end of WWII." And boy howdy, when a German actually brings that whole thing up, it's time to take a hard look in the mirror.