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In theory, crime writers could commit the perfect murder. Janiszewski had been stripped, starved, and tortured before being dumped into the frigid stream, and there was some disagreement among medical examiners as to whether he had been strangled to death before entering the water, or whether he had drowned.
In either case, a noose was tied around his neck, and his hands bound behind his back, with evidence indicating that the noose had once been fastened to the rope binding his hands. In , a Polish intellectual turned small business owner named Krystian Bala published a provocative book called Amok. Bala, who had studied philosophy in school, considered himself a student of thinkers like Wittgenstein, Nietzsche, Derrida, and Foucault.
The writer was fascinated by the notion that there was no objective truth, and that reality was merely a series of language games or competing narratives. Around the same time, a police detective in Wroclaw named Jacek Wroblewski was going through cold cases in his spare time and came upon the murder of Dariusz Janiszewski.
With the help of a recently-hired telecommunications specialist, Wroblewski managed to track down the phone, which had been sold on an Internet auction site only four days after Janiszewski disappeared and before his body was ever found.
Tracing the seller led the detective back to Krystian Bala. At the time, Bala was living out of the country, and Wroblewski realized that the connection to Bala could be mere coincidence—there were, after all, plenty of other ways he could have acquired the phone, and the two men seemed to have no other connection to one another.
So Wroblewski began a somewhat covert investigation into Bala, including reading his recently-published novel, Amok. Here is where the line between fact and fiction blurred. Within the pages of the book, Wroblewski found what he thought were clues to the murder of Janiszewski. Both Chris and Bala had drinking problems, came from broken marriages, and were obsessed with philosophy. The coincidences haunted Wroblewski. He assigned one chapter each to his fellow detectives for additional analysis and began building a case against Bala, waiting until the author returned to Poland in order to ultimately arrest him for the crime.
When Bala was finally arrested and tried, he claimed that he was kidnapped, threatened, and brutally beaten by police, while Wroblewski and other investigators maintained that they followed all proper procedures in his arrest. Bala, meanwhile, maintained his innocence, claiming that he was being persecuted for writing a book. He reached out to human rights organizations and PEN International.
In spite of this, Bala was ultimately found guilty of the murder of Janiszewski. And Bala is already working on a sequel to Amok , which he says will be called De Liryk. Did Polish crime writer Krystian Bala commit murder and hide clues in his book Amok? By Orrin Grey.
The Murderer as Writer, Storyteller and Protagonist: The Case of Krystian Bala
In the southwest corner of Poland, far from any town or city, the Oder River curls sharply, creating a tiny inlet. The banks are matted with wild grass and shrouded by towering pine and oak trees. The only people who regularly trek to the area are fishermen—the inlet teems with perch and pike and sun bass. On a cold December day in , three friends were casting there when one of them noticed something floating by the shore.
Stranger than fiction
Murderpedia has thousands of hours of work behind it. To keep creating new content, we kindly appreciate any donation you can give to help the Murderpedia project stay alive. We have many plans and enthusiasm to keep expanding and making Murderpedia a better site, but we really need your help for this. Thank you very much in advance. Krystian BALA. More sensationally, clues to the killing were found in Bala's first novel Amok , published several years after Janiszewski's killing. It was as if Bala had written a "fictional" version of the real-life killing into his novel, using information only the killer could have known.
Krystian Bala born is a Polish writer , photographer , and a convicted murderer. Janiszewski's dead body was discovered floating in a lake. More sensationally, clues to the killing were found in Bala's first novel Amok , published three years after Janiszewski's death. Prosecutors believed the motive for the killing was tied to jealousy , as Bala had assumed that his estranged wife was having an affair with Janiszewski. In while Bala was in prison, an appeals court ordered a retrial of the case. In , Grann's article was optioned to be made into a movie by Focus Films.