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Knockout drug found in 2 victims of German crossbow killings

BERLIN — German authorities say two of the three people found dead in May with crossbow bolts lodged in their bodies had been sedated with knockout drugs before they were killed.

The dpa news agency reported Monday that investigators believe the victims — a 53-year-old man and a 33-year-old woman — agreed to be killed by a 30-year-old woman whose body was also found in a hotel in Passau.

The bodies of two more women were found several hundred kilometers (miles) away in northern Germany at the apartment of the younger woman.

Authorities say those women, aged 35 and 19, likely died of poisoning.

Investigators believe all of the dead were part of a cult-like group centered around the man, who was described by a former member as dominant and manipulative.

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