Wrong Place At The Wrong Time?

Unsolved murder of Diethelm Baumann of Germany in New Hampshire in 1993Diethelm Baumann liked America.  The thirty year old German national nicknamed “Ditze” had visited the United States many times and arrived on a Visa in 1992. He was a musician who settled in the city of Manchester and had his German girlfriend Melanie Schroeder  move in with him.   On the evening of February 26th, 1993 the native of Hamburg went to the Lafayette club located on Canal Street in Manchester with Melanie  to listen to a country-western band.

According to law enforcement the couple decided to leave around 11 pm that evening.  They talked in German about whether to take a cab to drive them home. A man came up behind them and butted into the conversation possibly thinking the two were engaged in an confrontation.  The unknown man and the couple exchanged words.  The couple got scared of the man and made their way to their vehicle when  a dark-colored vehicle, possible a Ford Bronco, Chevrolet Blazer, or a dark-colored truck with a cap went by.

baumann murder suspect

Baumann was shot in the face with a .45 caliber gun and died almost instantly.   Police believe the man that had argued with the couple fired the fatal shot.  The suspect in question is described as a white male around 29 to 31 years of age.  He is believed to be  5-foot-11 and has a medium, muscular build. At the time he had brown hair, long in the back and shorter on top with a mustache.  He is believed to have had blue or hazel eyes.

Colorized sketch of unidentified killer of German National Diethelm Baumann in Manchester, New Hampshire 1993For years police have had a person of interest, but for decades not enough evidence for an arrest.  A few years after his murder, another person was stabbed to death outside the same club but that case was solved and believed not to be related to Diethelm Baumann’s murder.

If you have information about this murder please contact the Cold Case Unit of the New Hampshire State Police at (603) 271-2663.  You can also email them at  coldcaseunit@dos.nh.gov.