Mysterious Massacre

In the weeks after June 1, 2001, Nepal reeled in disbelief. The gruesome massacre of King Birendra, Queen Aiswarya and eight other members of the royal family traumatized the nation and left it struggling for an explanation. Was it the work of Maoist rebels? An attempted coup, perhaps? The truth would be harder for Nepal to accept—a privileged, trusted son had murdered his own family. Jonathan Gregson, a Calcutta-born journalist now based in London, was in Kathmandu in the weeks after the attack, running with a pack of foreign reporters who fought to tell the story. One by one the grieving...

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