Sunday, February 19, 2012

A Mystery in a Castle...Whodunnit?

BRUSSELS -- It seems a mystery worthy of Hercule Poirot, Agatha Christie's fictional Belgian detective: A lord goes missing from his chateau, leaving behind a spent cartridge and a trail of blood. His body is discovered 15 days later, buried in a forest.

Belgian newspapers Saturday were chewing over what's being called the "Murder at the Castle" – the case of 34-year-old Stijn Saelens, the lord of Wingene Castle. And the speculation, fueled by police arrests and questioning, has run rampant.

Was he done in by his in-laws, who opposed his plan to move to Australia with his wife and four children to take up organic farming? Or by Chechen criminals operating in Belgium? Or perhaps by an unholy alliance of the two?

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