Murder by Fire

A reclusive banker falls victim to a vicious attack

Billionaire financier Edmond Safra, 67, excelled at making three things: money, friends and enemies. Monaco police were focusing on the latter as possible suspects after the Lebanese founder of the Republic National Bank suffocated in an arson fire at his penthouse. Safra had been barricaded in a bathroom along with his nurse, Viviane Torrent, while knife-wielding assailants, apparently frustrated at being unable to reach Safra, set fire to his domed, ultra-high security Monte Carlo retreat. Monaco's chief prosecutor, Daniel Serdet, reported that robbery was not a motive. Nothing had been stolen. "We are treating the attack as a murder," a police...

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