CDNN :: Murder, he wrote, and murderer, he e-mailed
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by IAN TRAYNOR
WARSAW, Poland (6 Sep 2007) -- A Polish pulp fiction writer was sentenced to 25 years in jail yesterday for his role in a grisly case of abduction, torture and murder, a crime that he then used for the plot of a bestselling thriller.
Pulp fiction or non-fiction pulp? Author, diver, underwater photographer Krystian Bala listens as a court convicts him of directing the killing of a local businessman.
In a remarkable case that has gripped Poland for months, Krystian Bala, a writer of blood-curdling fiction, was found guilty of orchestrating the murder seven years ago of a Wroclaw businessman, Dariusz Janiszewski, in a crime of passion brought on by the suspicion that the victim was sleeping with his ex-wife.
In the novel, the villain gets away with kidnapping, mutilating and murdering a young woman.
In real life, however, Bala got his comeuppance, even though it was seven years after the disappearance of the advertising executive whose murder confounded detectives until they read the book...