The Kurim case was a negative event that impacted the Czech public. The abuse of an 8-year-old boy by his closest relatives literally shocked the entire world. Yet this disturbing case only came to light due to a “coincidence” or rather a glitch.
This story involves Barbora Skrlova and a chilling case that will send shivers down your spine. As a Czech person, I closely followed this matter at the time, and it still gives me chills today.
- Barbora Skrlova pretended to be two different people. First, she pretended to be a little girl named Anicka. Then, she pretended to be a 13-year-old boy named Adam.
- In 2011, she got out of prison. After that, she changed her name and moved to a new place.
- Barbora Skrlova was one of the people abusing her younger brother Ondrej.
The Kurim Case Story
It was the evening of May 7th, 2007. Eduard Trdy, a man from the city of Kurim, was just turning on the baby monitor camera, but instead of seeing his child, he saw something right out of a horror flick.
On the floor was a bound and naked boy. The boy was eating something directly off the floor. The man sat in shock at what he saw. He then called the police. Trdy’s quick connection to the neighbor’s nanny camera proved fortuitous and ultimately saved the life of a little boy.
The child was eight-year-old Ondrej Mauer, who had been confined to a small, bare room. His hands and feet were taped up with duct tape, and he was left lying on the concrete floor without food, water, or toilet. He was given very little to eat, mostly just raw meat. And having to use a bucket as a toilet inside that tiny room, which just adds to how inhumane the whole situation was.
Later that day, the police found Ondrej Mauer with help from the firefighters. This was around 9:30 pm on May 7th, 2007. They had to force open the door to the chamber even though the two suspects were trying to stop them.
Poor Ondrej was found lying face down in a real mess. There was vomit and poop everywhere. On top of that, he was stripped down to nothing. His hands were cuffed behind his back and bound together with tape. His legs were bent up in a crouched position and cuffed, too. His hands were even cuffed to each other.
When the police show up at the house after getting a call, Klara answers the door. She tells them that other than little Anicka, she doesn’t have any other kids there.
But the cops, they hear screaming coming from somewhere in the house. When they ask Klara about it, she says she doesn’t have the key to this room.
The policemen weren’t buying what Klara was selling, though. Screams don’t lie. They call in the fire department to get that door open. Klara and her sister Katerina were freaking out before the firefighters got there. They were screaming hysterically that there was nothing and no one in the room, that they shouldn’t open it up. After everything went down, Klara claimed that she didn’t even know some kid was locked in the chamber.
All The Children Were Moved Away To A Children’s Home
A few days passed, and it was now May 10th. Ondrej, who was just a kid, along with his older brother Jakub and sister Anicka, were moved to a home for children. That same day, news about what happened to Ondrej started to spread.
Everyone could see that for at least the last six months, Ondrej’s 30-year-old mom, Klara, had been hurting him. But it soon became clear that this was about more than just Ondrej. Over the next few weeks, more details would come to light about what the child had been through.
On May 11th, Klara Mauerova was taken into police custody. That same evening, a 13-year-old girl named Anicka ran away from the children’s home where she lived. During the interrogations that followed, horrific details emerged about the abuse that had been inflicted on the young boy.
It was revealed that Ondrej had been crammed into dog cages, only able to crouch or kneel with his elbows on the ground. He was beaten with belts and canes for hours at a time. Their torturers burned him with cigarettes, held him underwater in a basin, cut him with knives, cursed at him, and even forced him to hurt each other.
The acts described were truly disturbing. While justice would need to be served, one couldn’t help but feel deep sorrow for all the innocence lost. Such cruelty against defenseless children is beyond comprehension.
Anicka Is Not A Child
The police are still questioning the defendant, trying to get more information from them. Meanwhile, they’re also searching for Anicka, one of the three kids who escaped from the children’s home. The head of the Endangered Children’s Fund said on TV that they think Anicka might actually be older than was originally reported.
Later on, Jakub Patocka, a family friend, is the first to mention Barbora Skrlova’s name. According to Jakub, “Anicka” wasn’t her real name at all. He says her actual name was Barbora Skrlova. Then, on May 23rd, the police announced they were looking for Barbora Skrlova as a person of interest in the case, too.
On June 15th, a lady named Barbora Skrlova showed up at the Czech embassy in Denmark. She fesses up and admits that she had been pretending to be this 13-year-old girl named Anicka. But then, just a few days later, she vanishes again! No one had any idea where she went or if she was even still in Denmark. One minute, she’s coming clean about the fake identity, and the next, it’s like she just dropped off the face of the earth.
On January 9th, the police in Norway arrested a woman named Barbora Skrlova. They said she was pretending to be some 13-year-old boy named Adam! Can you believe that? The very next day, she was already in custody back in the Czech Republic.
About a month later, they started accusing her of abusing her brother, Ondrej. But when they questioned her, Skrlova tried to turn it around! She claimed that she was actually the victim, not the bully. She told the police that she was being abused, that she was bleeding every day, and that she went through just as much abuse as Ondrej.
The investigation into that crazy case finally wrapped up in early April after 11 months of digging around. Then, in mid-June, the trial started. Late October is when the verdict came down. The court in Brno found Klara guilty of a sin and sent her away for nine years. Her sister Katerina got an even ten years. As for Barbora Skrlova, who pretended to be that poor little girl Anicka and then that boy Adam too, she got five years.
Barbora Skrlova – Where Is She Now?
Barbora Skrlova was let out with no strings attached back in November 2011. She changed her name and moved somewhere unknown. The latest information shows she isn’t living in the same city anymore.