Austrias law enforcement authorities didnt lose a moment when they decided to hang Willibald Bendinger. On Tuesday, September 4th, 1934, he was taken to the scaffold in Viennas Central Prison and hanged only three hours after sentence of death was passed.
The previous month Bendinger, 22, and Leo Egger, 16, had broken into an alpine shelter in the Austrian ski resort of Granatspitze, intending to rob guests. They were surprised by the huts janitor and a guest, both of whom Bendinger shot dead. Egger then burst into another room, opened fire and wounded three holidaymakers.
Bendinger was found guilty of murder for which he was hanged at once, Egger of attempted murder for which he was sentenced to nine and a half years.