The American psychology student died from stab wounds on 12 December 2018. She was found at home after the mother of the suspect contacted the police. S. had called his mother and told her that he had stabbed a flatmate.

Suspect Joël S. was Sarah’s flatmate; the two shared an apartment in housing complex De Snor on Kralingse Kerklaan.


S. is currently in custody in Scheveningen prison, where he is undergoing psychological tests. Forensic tests are also ongoing. The current enquiries will certainly last until the end of May. The next hearing in this case will probably be on 18 June.

Sarah Papenheim at the Eureka Week 2017

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