A score of Dutch policemen surrounded a baronial house near Amsterdam before dawn one day last week, while seven others, led by Amsterdam Police Chief Jeremias Posthuma, knocked on the front door. The master of the manor, Count van Rechteren Limpurg, appeared. "We have come for Westerling," announced Chief Posthuma. "My guest left last night," said the count icily. The chief and his men went inside to see for themselves.

After poking into corners, crawling under beds and tapping walls, the police were just about ready to leave when one of them found...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!