True Crime Thursday: Krystian Bala and Truth-Laced Fiction

Krystian Bala, the author of the eerily accurate "Amok."

On February 11, 2008, in an article for The New Yorker, David Grann published “True Crime: A Post Modern Murder Mystery” about a Polish detective's work in solving a three-year-old cold case murder. The detective, Jacek Wroblewski, unwillingly inherited the case of Dariusz Janiszewski, who was found dead floating in a lake.

Wroblewski attempted to navigate the usual channels that a detective would after finding a body, and by some luck, was able to locate Janiszewski's missing cell phone, which had been sold on an auction site soon after the murder.

That's where things get weird. The man who sold the phone online was Krystian Bala, and further research into Bala unearthed a recently published book, Amok. Wroblewski read the book, and noticed some glaring similarities to the murder of Janiszewski. You can read Grann's full article at The New Yorker, but the reason I bring this up now is because a film adaptation is in the works, and recent reports from The Wrap have linked Jim Carrey to the lead role. This film might give Carrey the perfect role to prove he's more than just a comedian, though it has yet to be announced if the role will be for Detective Wroblewski or Krystian Bala.

Which role would you rather see Carrey in?

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