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Author sentenced in murder case

September 06, 2007|From Times Wire Reports

A court in Wroclaw, Poland, sentenced an author to 25 years in prison for planning and directing a murder that resembled a killing in one of his novels.

"Amok" author Krystian Bala suspected the victim, Dariusz Janiszewski, of having an affair with his estranged wife. Fishermen dragged Janiszewski's body -- hands bound behind his back and tied to a noose around his neck -- from the Oder River in December 2000.

Police got a tip five years later about the novel, in which a woman is stabbed after her attacker binds her in the same way.

Though the novel aroused suspicions, it was not a part of the case.

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