Royal Rage

The docile palace guards, trained more for fawning servitude than martial prowess, had no way of knowing that the stammering Friday-night comings and goings of the huffy Crown Prince Dipendra would turn out to be the prelude to a murder spree that would leave eight dead, including King Birendra and Queen Aiswarya. When the Crown Prince, 30, and his cousin Prince Paras, 27, arrived at the palace for dinner, they were dressed casually in khaki slacks and polo shirts and had already had a few drinks. The two were notorious prowlers of the Kathmandu nightlife circuit, regulars at the X-Zone nightclub...

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