Muschol, Dr. Johannes
It was just past 11 a.m. on March 16, a sunny day with clear skies, when Johannes Muschol climbed over the railing of the viewing platform and onto the top of the Wall. "What are you doing there, are you crazy? Come back!" an eye-witness called out to him.
When he tried to climb over the interior wall at about 1:10 a.m., two border guards heard him make a noise and, when they checked out the situation, they found the ladder and sounded the alarm.
When a freight train heading for the city center made a short stop at the Berlin-Pankow station that evening, he used the opportunity to climb onto the train unnoticed. The 26-year-old man jumped down beneath the Böse Bridge, right at the Bornholmer Strasse border crossing.