When he and Irina argued about her money, Mai allegely took out a knife he’d brought along and started stabbing away, according to the police (his blood was found at the crime scene).
BERLIN—The body of a mother in her late twenties was found in a park in Frankfurt earlier this month. Irina A. owned her own real estate company. Originally from Moldova, recent photographs show a pretty woman with swept-back bleached blond hair, a no-nonsense expression, and a bling Star of David pendant. One of the last pictures that she posted on her Instagram account carried the hashtag #theworldismine.
Her body had been dragged into the grass, and her face had been mutilated beyond recognition. There were “around 20 stab wounds,” according to the state attorney’s spokeswoman. Her purse was missing, and, according to a police report, so was her jewelry.
The man who was arrested two days later for Irina A.’s murder is a 50-year-old starsucker and financially flailing restaurateur named Jan Mai, who had persuaded her to invest in one of his clubs two years earlier.
The German public already knew his name, and hers, in a particular context.
Last year, in an attempt to get some free publicity, Mai had the idea to offer Germany’s best-selling newspaper, Bild, a story about “50 Arab men” who stormed into his bar on New Year’s Eve 2016, groped “the girls,” and stole their jackets.