Estibaliz Carranza sits between her lawyers in court in
Vienna. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger
A former ice cream parlour owner has confessed in court
to shooting, sawing up and freezing both her ex-husband and her
lover, and burying them under the cellar of her store in
Estibaliz Carranza, a 34-year-old Mexican-Spanish woman
dubbed the "Ice Lady" by Austrian media, told a court that
both men had "demeaned" her; her ex-husband by yelling at her
and making fun of her poor German, her lover by being
In both cases, she said she had shot her victim with a .22
calibre Beretta pistol, chopped up the body with a chain saw,
put it in a freezer at the parlour, and eventually buried it
downstairs in the cellar, the Austria Press Agency reported.
Prosecutor Petra Freh described the defendant, who appeared
before a packed court wearing a grey dress and flanked by
prison guards and her celebrity defence lawyer Rudolf Mayer,
as "ice-cold" and a "ticking time bomb".
"It's clear that the defendant has two faces," Freh said,
warning that Carranza could kill again.
Carranza told the court the nature of her husband, Holger
Holz, had completely changed after their wedding, and that
matters had got worse when they were evicted from their
apartment and moved into the ice cream shop, and Holz joined
the Hare Krishna movement.
"He slept until 10 o'clock and came at 11 o'clock. We had no
ice cream. He did nothing. He didn't want to get a grip," she
Even after she started a relationship with ice cream machine
salesman Manfred Hinterberger and divorced Holz, he refused
to move out, she told the court on Monday.
One Sunday, after an argument about the issue, she said she
had shot Holz twice in the back of the head and once in the
temple as he sat at his computer.
Mayer, who unsuccessfully defended Austria's most notorious
living criminal Josef Fritzl in 2009, said the psychiatrist's
report on Carranza showed that her danger to society could be
reduced "to zero" with proper treatment.
He warned the jury not to be influenced by negative
portrayals in the Austrian media, which have had a field day
with the story of the Hispanic immigrant and her many lovers.
"The defence is determined ... that the jury do not accept
the picture that been has given of her as ice-cold,
unfeeling, unscrupulous, capable of anything, but rather that
they recognise what is behind this facade," he told
Fritzl was sentenced to life imprisonment for incarcerating
his daughter in the basement of his family home for 24 years,
during which he physically assaulted and raped her, fathering
Hinterberger left Carranza shortly after her divorce but
turned up on the doorstep of the salon with a suitcase a year
and a half later after being thrown out by his girlfriend.
She said she had taken him back, but then found sex messages
on his phone and his profile on a dating site.
On the way home from an evening out with friends, where he
had flirted with another woman, she had wanted to talk about
it but he had simply shouted at her and then gone to bed, she
"He turned to the wall and began snoring. He just turned
around and that was the end of the matter for him. I was so
furious," Carranza said.
She then described how she had reached under the mattress for
the same pistol she had used to kill her ex-husband, loaded
it, and shot him in his sleep.
Again, she chopped up his body, deep-froze the parts and
eventually buried them under the icecream parlour, where they
were found by chance during maintenance work last year.
Carranza was extradited from Italy, two months pregnant by
another man, to face charges in Austria.
The trial is due to run until Friday.