This site uses cookies. By accepting cookies you can optimise your browsing experience. Read more.
Germany: Mark Benecke, the 'lord of the maggots,' wants to be mayor!02:13

Germany: Mark Benecke, the 'lord of the maggots,' wants to be mayor!

Germany, Cologne
June 10, 2015 at 12:40 GMT +00:00 · Published

Cologne could be inaugurating its wackiest mayor yet, as star forensic biologist Mark Benecke gears up for September's election, showing off his unorthodox political approach in the western German city, Tuesday.

Putting on show his personal forensics and biology collection - including several human skulls, a hoard of pet cockroaches and giant jar of insect larvae - the scientist-cum-politician chatted about both his professional and political life from his offices. Before going into politics, Benecke became renowned for his forensics work with the skulls of Adolf Hitler and Eva Braun in Moscow, with many of his cases receiving attention from the National Geographic Channel and the History Channel. The forensics man later branched out from his crime consultancy work into diplomacy, becoming chairman of satirical political party 'The Party.' Benecke maintains that his deep understanding of the biological world, apparently garnered largely from studying his cockroach collection, is a perfect jumping point for developing a keen political analysis and comprehension.

Clearly no stranger to straying from the political norm, the tattooed Benecke is Cologne's only mayoral candidate to be handing out free condoms to his would-be voters, in a bid to garner support from a younger audience. With his bag of eclectic and eccentric tricks, the scientist-cum-politician hopes to take Germany's fourth largest city by storm in the elections set for September 13.

Germany: Mark Benecke, the 'lord of the maggots,' wants to be mayor!02:13
No Account? Sign up!
Description

Cologne could be inaugurating its wackiest mayor yet, as star forensic biologist Mark Benecke gears up for September's election, showing off his unorthodox political approach in the western German city, Tuesday.

Putting on show his personal forensics and biology collection - including several human skulls, a hoard of pet cockroaches and giant jar of insect larvae - the scientist-cum-politician chatted about both his professional and political life from his offices. Before going into politics, Benecke became renowned for his forensics work with the skulls of Adolf Hitler and Eva Braun in Moscow, with many of his cases receiving attention from the National Geographic Channel and the History Channel. The forensics man later branched out from his crime consultancy work into diplomacy, becoming chairman of satirical political party 'The Party.' Benecke maintains that his deep understanding of the biological world, apparently garnered largely from studying his cockroach collection, is a perfect jumping point for developing a keen political analysis and comprehension.

Clearly no stranger to straying from the political norm, the tattooed Benecke is Cologne's only mayoral candidate to be handing out free condoms to his would-be voters, in a bid to garner support from a younger audience. With his bag of eclectic and eccentric tricks, the scientist-cum-politician hopes to take Germany's fourth largest city by storm in the elections set for September 13.

Top downloads in last 24 hours
04:32
'My Pet Alpaca' brings fluffy friends to your door to fight the pandemic blues'My Pet Alpaca' brings fluffy friends to your door to fight the pandemic blues
February 25, 2021 at 19:40 GMT +00:00
01:51
Armenia: Pashinyan holds rally with supporters after army demands his resignationArmenia: Pashinyan holds rally with supporters after army demands his resignation
February 25, 2021 at 11:15 GMT +00:00
03:03
Armenia: Protesters honk car horns, block traffic in Yerevan rally against PM Pashinyan Armenia: Protesters honk car horns, block traffic in Yerevan rally against PM Pashinyan
February 25, 2021 at 11:01 GMT +00:00
01:59
Japan: Dozens of households told to leave as wildfire spreads through Mount RyogaiJapan: Dozens of households told to leave as wildfire spreads through Mount Ryogai
February 24, 2021 at 16:23 GMT +00:00
02:35
Lebanon: Fiery rallies in Beirut after terrorism charges brought against Tripoli protestersLebanon: Fiery rallies in Beirut after terrorism charges brought against Tripoli protesters
February 24, 2021 at 19:26 GMT +00:00
Pool for subscribers only
01:39
Armenia: Pashinyan calls army’s demand for resignation ‘attempted coup’Armenia: Pashinyan calls army’s demand for resignation ‘attempted coup’
February 25, 2021 at 10:58 GMT +00:00
Pool for subscribers only
01:45
Germany: Syrian man convicted of crimes against humanity in landmark German trialGermany: Syrian man convicted of crimes against humanity in landmark German trial
February 24, 2021 at 10:18 GMT +00:00
Pool for subscribers only
01:35
Ghana: Country becomes first to receive COVAX coronavirus vaccinesGhana: Country becomes first to receive COVAX coronavirus vaccines
February 24, 2021 at 20:04 GMT +00:00
02:56
Iraq: Police clash with protesters demanding resignation of governor in NasiyirahIraq: Police clash with protesters demanding resignation of governor in Nasiyirah
February 25, 2021 at 00:04 GMT +00:00
03:32
Spain: Elderly people vaccinated against COVID-19 attend theatre show in MadridSpain: Elderly people vaccinated against COVID-19 attend theatre show in Madrid
February 24, 2021 at 17:35 GMT +00:00
03:25
UAE: French producer Arquus unveils hybrid electric 'Scarabee' vehicle at Abu Dhabi expoUAE: French producer Arquus unveils hybrid electric 'Scarabee' vehicle at Abu Dhabi expo
February 24, 2021 at 19:19 GMT +00:00
02:47
Armenia: Protesters block traffic in Yerevan street at rally against PM PashinyanArmenia: Protesters block traffic in Yerevan street at rally against PM Pashinyan
February 23, 2021 at 23:13 GMT +00:00
02:14
Not all heroes wear capes! Bus driver talks about saving visitors stuck in burning mallNot all heroes wear capes! Bus driver talks about saving visitors stuck in burning mall
February 24, 2021 at 21:58 GMT +00:00
01:52
Japan: Wildfires scorch 765,000 sq m as efforts to contain flames continue near AshikagaJapan: Wildfires scorch 765,000 sq m as efforts to contain flames continue near Ashikaga
February 25, 2021 at 02:18 GMT +00:00
02:29
Sea of cranes - birds gather at Israeli nature reserve on their way to EuropeSea of cranes - birds gather at Israeli nature reserve on their way to Europe
February 24, 2021 at 21:14 GMT +00:00
02:20
Greece: Police disperse Athens demo in support of convict Dimitris Koufontinas' hunger strikeGreece: Police disperse Athens demo in support of convict Dimitris Koufontinas' hunger strike
February 24, 2021 at 23:29 GMT +00:00
01:42
Canada: Niagara Falls partially freezes as winter storm brings bitter coldCanada: Niagara Falls partially freezes as winter storm brings bitter cold
February 23, 2021 at 23:47 GMT +00:00
05:01
Iraq: UNESCO-supervised restoration works continue in Mosul as Iraqis prepare for Pope Francis' visitIraq: UNESCO-supervised restoration works continue in Mosul as Iraqis prepare for Pope Francis' visit
February 24, 2021 at 22:32 GMT +00:00
02:59
Germany: Hamburg customs police seize 16 tons of cocaine in Europe's biggest haulGermany: Hamburg customs police seize 16 tons of cocaine in Europe's biggest haul
February 24, 2021 at 16:42 GMT +00:00
02:29
Germany: 9 arrested for storming Greek consulate in solidarity with hunger striker Dimitris KoufontinasGermany: 9 arrested for storming Greek consulate in solidarity with hunger striker Dimitris Koufontinas
February 24, 2021 at 19:45 GMT +00:00
00:14
Canada: Home CCTV camera captures meteor as it shoots through night skyCanada: Home CCTV camera captures meteor as it shoots through night sky
February 24, 2021 at 18:18 GMT +00:00
03:11
France: Start-up launches face mask able to 'deactivates' virusFrance: Start-up launches face mask able to 'deactivates' virus
February 25, 2021 at 10:45 GMT +00:00
View all videos