A man killed in a crossbow murder-suicide pact in Germany is believed to have led a cultish group devoted to medieval folklore and treated the women around him like slaves.
The bodies of Torsten W and two women were found in a hotel room in Bavaria on Saturday 11th May, alongside three crossbows.
The deaths were linked to two more deaths 400 miles away in a house in Wittingen on Monday 13th May.
Torsten W appeared to have controlled the women like an oppressive sect leader, German media reports.
The alleged cult-like leader, 53, and woman, Kerstin E, 33, were found in bed, hand in hand, impaled with arrows from the modern crossbow.
Farina C, 30, who had been hit in the neck with an arrow, was lying on the floor.
Two wills found in the room were linked to Torsten W and Kerstin E, the prosecutors' spokesman said.
Police are treating the case as a "requested killing and suicide", suggesting Farina C first shot the couple and then herself.
This was followed by the discovery of two more dead women on Monday at the house of Farina C in the town of Wittingen.
"Investigators suspect they were all members of a kind of sex circle with a focus on the Middle Ages. Torsten W may have been the guru of the group," reported RTL after interviewing several people who knew them.