STABBED 17 TIMES
Zdzisław Beksiński was a Polish painter, photographer and sculptor whose work portrayed chilling images of dystopia, death and hell.
Beksiński’s son Tomasz was a music journalist and movie translator who translated most of the James Bond and Dirty Harry films, among many others, including Silence of the Lambs and Apocalypse Now.
Beksiński’s wife, Zofia, died in 1998. One year later, on Christmas Eve 1999, Tomasz killed himself by taking an overdose of drugs. His father discovered the body and never came to terms with his death.
On February 21, 2005, Beksiński was found dead in his Warsaw apartment. He had been stabbed seventeen times in the chest and head. He was 75.
Robert Kupiec, the 19-year-old son of Beksiński’s caretaker, and a 16-year-old accomplice had gone to the artist’s apartment to borrow money. In an ensuing argument Beksiński was repeatedly stabbed. The teenagers were arrested soon after and charged with the murder. Kupiec was sentenced to 25 years in prison, and his accomplice, Łukasz Kupiec, to five years.
“We all see death before our eyes,” Beksiński once said at an exhibition of his work. “Personally, I am more afraid of dying than death itself. It is not a fear of emptiness but of suffering.”
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