Friday, September 07, 2007


'Polish author, travel writer and intellectual whose best-selling novel described a grisly murder has been jailed for 25 years for committing the crime he had so vividly portrayed. The killing of Dariusz Janiszewski in 2000 was notably gruesome. The victim – a successful, popular professional – was humiliated, starved and tortured, before having his hands bound with a rope that was looped around his neck in a noose.
When fishermen scooped the body out of the river Oder, it was stripped to shirt and underpants and the limbs had been distended and bore marks of torture. The police had no leads and after six months the search for a culprit was abandoned.
But the murderer could not resist gloating over his cleverness. During the investigation, anonymous emails were sent from South Korea and Indonesia to Polish television's equivalent of Crimewatch, describing the killing as "the perfect crime".' from The Independent read the full article at:

I was intending to post about the frequent use of real life crimes by crime fiction authors.
But it seems Krystian Bala went one further than authors such as Sjowall and Wahloo, Val McDermid, Laura Lippman, Patricia Cornwell and others, he actually committed the murder he wrote about in his novel Amok.

He was sentenced to 25 years so even if it becomes a bestseller outside Poland he won't be around to enjoy the proceeds for a long time.


Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Had he previously written anything in a similar vein?
Detectives Beyond Borders
"Because Murder Is More Fun Away From Home"

12:03 AM  
Blogger Uriah Robinson said...

I am not sure if that was his debut crime fiction novel.
This case reminds me of an Austrian convicted murderer, who after his release worked with journalists reporting on a series of killings. He joined the social whirl of Vienna dinner party society, and was sought out as an expert in these matters by liberal media sources.
He turned out to be the killer, I can't recall all the details but he had a holiday killing spree in Florida and eventually committed suicide while awaiting trial in Austria.

2:16 AM  

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