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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Belgian Murders Put Press In Frenzy

BRUSSELS, Belgium -- Belgium has its share of violent crime, but the discovery of bones and frozen meat of uncertain origin in houses owned by a Hungarian-born Protestant vicar generated a rash of grisly headlines Tuesday.


"Meat in the freezer, blood on the walls," said Gazet van Antwerpen. "A house of horror in Molenbeek," said Le Soir.


Het Belang Van Limburg went further. "Human flesh in the freezer," it splashed across its front page.


Police arrested Andreas Pandy, 70, a naturalized Belgian, late last week after a coordinated search with their Hungarian colleagues failed to find any trace of his two former wives and four of his eight children. Jos Colpin, spokesman for the Brussels public prosecutor, told reporters Monday that Pandy was suspected of having murdered all six, who disappeared without trace in the late 1980s.


Pandy, who gives lessons on religion in several Brussels schools, has always insisted they went back to Hungary, and he denies killing them.


Police searches of his three houses in Brussels have uncovered several bones, including a human femur, and two refrigerators packed with meat of unknown origin. Blood was found on a stairway.


The discoveries, particularly the meat in the fridges, were reminiscent of the accidental find in August last year of the bodies of three women in the freezers of a popular Lebanese restaurant in Brussels. One of the bodies had been cut in half.


At the same time, the sight of Belgian police yet again digging in the basement of a house provoked not only comparisons with Britain's "House of Horrors" murders earlier this decade, but also of a series of pedophile-related murders revealed over the past year in Belgium.


Such events involving missing children and discoveries of bones and body parts have remained fresh in peoples minds and provoked outrage when they came to light. They are also part of a wider spate of violent crimes in Belgium.


A series of 28 daylight murders at supermarkets, known as the Brabant Killings, in the Francophone south of the country in the middle and late 1980s has never been solved. Neither has the 1991 gunning down of Socialist Party patriarch Andre Cools.


A report published Monday by an all-party parliamentary commission investigating the investigations of the Brabant killings ruled out the popular theory they had been committed by a right-wing faction trying to destabilize the country.


It also said there was no proof of another popular theory that they had been the work of a faction within the paramilitary gendarmerie.