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Criminal Crime Writer Convicted of Killing

Yet another criminal crime writer: Polish novelist Krystian Bala has been convicted of murder. How did they catch him? He used the killing as material for his book. (Kind of like a certain former athlete except for the timing of the book in relation to the trial.) From the Associated Press (“Polish Author Convicted of Murder,” by Ryan Lucas):

WROCLAW, Poland (AP) – Fishermen dragged the dead man’s body – hands bound behind his back and tied to a noose around his neck – from the cold waters of the Oder River in Poland in December 2000.

Police struggled to dig up any clues until a tip five years later led them to a novel with an eerily similar murder – and its author, Krystian Bala, who suspected the victim of having an affair with his estranged wife.

The killer in Bala’s alcohol- and sex-fueled “Amok” gets away with his grisly crime. But on Wednesday, a court in Wroclaw sentenced Bala to 25 years in prison for planning and directing the murder of Dariusz Janiszewski.

They’ll probably make a movie about this–if they haven’t already.




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Keir Graff is Executive Editor of Booklist Publications and the author of five books. His most recent is the middle-grade novel, The Other Felix (2011). Follow him on Twitter at @Booklist_Keir.

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