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Benedict Philippens, 37, Director at BNP paribas, killed in drive by shooting alongside wife and nephew

This makes the 15th dead banker in about 5 months at a rate of 3 per month, almost one a week. The deaths also appear to have increased in intensity, from high buildings to suspicious nailguns to outright gun shootings.

Perhaps that is why Blythe Masters walks around with an armed guard contingent?

In 7Dimanche newspaper, a friend of Benedict recalls that he had a big argument with a customer six months ago.  He had even threatened the director publicly. He then had to put on the door. “There are six months, he told me he had a big argument with a foreign client.”

however, that the occupation of the victim, banker, “perhaps could” be related to drama. Marcel Neven adds that this is the first time in his back as mayor he faced such violence in a crime.

via zerohedge

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-04-20/bnp-banker-his-wife-and-nephew-murdered-belgium

In the beginning it was banker suicides. Then about two weeks ago, suicides were replaced by outright murders after the execution-style killing of the CEO of a bank in otherwise sleepy (and tax evasive) Lichtenstein by a disgruntled client. Then on Friday news hit of another execution-type murder in just as sleepy, if not so tax evasive, Belgium, where in the city of Vise, a 37-year-old Director at BNP Paribas Fortis was murdered alongside his wife and a 9 year old nephew in a premeditated and orchestrated drive-by shooting.

 

L’venir reports:

According to Marcel Neven, Mayor of Vise, nothing can yet explain what caused the violent shooting that rocked the neighborhood sports hall of his town this Friday, April 18, late at night. A man of 37 years, Benedict Philippens, bank manager Ans-Saint-Nicolas, was shot. A little 9 year old boy, living in Dolhain, was also killed. A lady, the wife of the man and the boy aunt and godmother, Carol Haid, 37 also died of his injuries on Saturday, in the morning. She was hit by three bullets in the back, said a judicial source.

According to information from the survey and some witnesses, a car waiting outside their house Berneau street near the sports hall Visé. When the victims’ car is back in the driveway, shots were fired from the car that waited patiently. The author of the shots is actively sought.

Like in the Lichtenstein murder, there is a possibility the murder was the result of a previous argument with a customer:

This Sunday, the investigation is ongoing but it seems that the track of reckoning is preferred. In 7Dimanche newspaper, a friend of Benedict recalls that he had a big argument with a customer six months ago.  He had even threatened the director publicly. He then had to put on the door. “There are six months, he told me he had a big argument with a foreign client.”

 

however, that the occupation of the victim, banker, “perhaps could” be related to drama. Marcel Neven adds that this is the first time in his back as mayor he faced such violence in a crime. “The police arrived on the scene Friday night was very impressed to see the body there in the driveway.”

 

So just like in the Lichtenstein murder, was it truly some atrocious act by bankers that caused their clients to take justice into their own hands, or is it becoming the norm that when dealing with members of the banker class, the population – disenchanted with a legal system that is largely in the pocket of the financial system – is increasingly resorting to not only vigilante justice, but the taking of banker lives with no regard for innocent bystanders?

If indeed so, this could mark a dramatic, and lethal, escalation in the way bankers are treated by the broader public, not only in places where banker revulsion is palpable but in quiet, sleepy backwaters like a small Belgium town.

 

The previous Dead:

2013

1 dead banker from JP Morgan

Jason Alan Salais, December 15 2013 IT specialist (earliest death uncovered it looks, last year)

2014

1st, Deutsche Bank, William Broeksmit, Jan 26

2nd 1st JP Morgan this year UK, Gabriel Magee, Jan 27

3rd (ex Federal Reserve) Russell Investments, Mike Dueker

4th, Swiss Re AG Communications Director, Tim Dickenson

5th, American Title (ex banker), Richard Talley, odd case of death by nailgun to head and chest

6th, 2nd JP Morgan, Ryan Henry Crane

7th, 3rd JP Morgan Hong Kong, Li Junjie

8th National Bank of Commerce, James Stuart Jr

9th Vertical Group trader, Edmund Reilly

10th, 5th JP Morgan then Levy Capital,  Kenneth Bellando

11th, 6th from JP Morgan, Joseph A Giampapa

12th, ABN Amro,  Jan Peter Schmittmann

13th, Lichtenstein Bank Frick, Juergen Frick

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