Brad Pitt's friend Saul Fletcher stabs partner to death, confesses to daughter before killing himself
British artist Saul Fletcher, reportedly a friend of Brad Pitt, was found dead after he allegedly murdered his partner - the mother of his daughter. Fletcher, 52, and Pitt, 56, were photographed together at the 2019 Venice Biennale art exhibition. According to the German police, the photographer's death was a murder-suicide. As per reports, his daughter called the police at 11.15 pm on Wednesday, July 22, to inform them of the incident. This was after Fletcher called her to confess that he had killed her mother, the reports say.
When the police went to Fletcher's Berlin apartment, they found his 53-year-old partner dead from stab wounds. Fletcher had fled the scene in his Porsche 911 and was found dead around four hours later on Thursday, July 23, morning, in the garden shed of a holiday home he owned near Rochowsee lake in Brandenburg. According to the outlet Brick, Brandenburg police have reported there is no evidence of anybody else being involved in the double death. An ongoing investigation, launched by the Detectives, is trying to establish the exact circumstances of the incident.
Fletcher, a self-taught photographer and an artist, had been a resident of Germany for the past 20 years. His Artspace biography describes him as "a self-taught artist who first started taking photographs of the lush rural landscape surrounding his childhood home". It also says Fletcher is "best known today for his somber, dreamlike pictures". His works have been exhibited in several galleries in cities like New York, London and Vienna. London’s Courtauld Gallery, the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, the Hessel Museum of Art in Annandale-on-Hudson, the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University, MUMOK in Vienna, Tate Modern in London and the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh, all showcase his work. Fletcher's last installation, 'Don't let the darkness eat you up', is exhibited in the Anton Kern Gallery in New York. He is widely known for his photo collages and signature mixed-media work. "I use whatever I have to hand, trying to create something, trying to make something good out of something bad," Fletcher had told the Financial Times in 2018.
This comes as the second murder-suicide just this month, the previous one being a Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire man murdering his wife while their toddler slept. The angry husband strangled his wife to death while their two-year-old son slept in his cot reportedly. The man was revealed to be Kiril Nemcev, 32, who killed his wife was Lana Nemceva, 33, in their home before killing himself by hanging.
At the hearing that took place in South Staffordshire Coroner's Court, it was found that Kiril had been taking medication for anxiety and was also doing research on getting a divorce before attacking his wife. Chief Inspector Dan Ison from Staffordshire Police spoke at the hearing and shared, "Lana's mother lived at the property at times as well. She was abroad and back home on the day in question. The lodger was at work. He returned home shortly after 11 pm and found that he couldn't get into the house as he would normally. He had to gain access through his own bathroom window which was insecure."
He added: "He then found the bodies of Kiril and Lana and made contact with the emergency services to notify us. Following extensive forensic examination, such as blood pattern analysis experts, we are satisfied that there is no third party involvement and Kiril hung himself."