Feet bound together, bent back, and attached to a noose around his neck with a single piece of rope. Dariusz had been reported missing four weeks earlier, by his wife. A major investigation was launched. Scuba divers scoured the river, Forensics combed the forests, hunting for clues. He had no debts, no enemies and no criminal record. His wife admitted their marriage had hada rocky patch.

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Author jailed for murder he wrote Last updated at 06 September It was an intriguing blend of fact and fiction that sent the Polish media into a frenzy: a blockbuster author accused of committing the murder he wrote about in one of his thrillers. Now a court has decided the truth is indeed stranger than fiction, finding Polish author Krystian Bala guilty of the murder described in his book "Amok". In "Amok", Krystian Bala described in detail the brutal murder of a Polish businessman.

He wrote of a dead body fished out of a river bearing the harrowing marks of torture - limbs distended, hands bound and tied to a noose around the neck. In the novel, police investigators are left without any clue as to how the well-liked and successful professional came to such a grisly end. In reality, however, police noticed the fictional crime had similarities with a case in when a body was fished out of the river Oder in the town of Wroclaw, near the German border.

The dead man, known only as Dariusz J, was revealed to be the ex-lover of a woman who happened to be married to Bala. Chief Inspector Jack Wroblewski received an anonymous call five years after the body was found in December, , telling him to read Amok, published in Inspector Wroblewski read the novel - a tale of how a group of intellectuals delve into sex, drugs and torture - in amazement several times, believing similarities between fact and "fiction" were striking.

Dariusz J was found near a weir on the river Oder in with his hands bound behind his back and round his wrists and neck. The fictional victim in Amok was tied up in a similar fashion and his body was pulled from a river in the city of Wroclaw.

The book contains intimate details of the killing that police say only they could have known - or the killer. Speaking in court, his ex-wife described Bala as "controlling" and said that was the reason she had divorced him. Mr Wroblewski also claims Bala sent the TV programme , the Polish equivalent of Crimewatch, emails from diving trips in South Korea and Indonesia in which he described the murder as "the perfect crime".

Bala told authorities that he had taken details of the case from press reports and made up other aspects of the story. He claimed he was framed to cover up for a "bungled" police investigation. Before the trial, he said: "Amok is a fictional work. Although the language and situations are strong it is an intellectual work.


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