BNP Banker, His Wife And Nephew Murdered In Belgium

Tyler Durden's picture

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.

So far neither the shooter nor any motive for the execution have not been found: "Some suggest the presence of a single gunman with an automatic pistol, others are surprised that a bullet hole was noted in one of the windows of the sports hall. "That would mean that the author was already in the driveway of the house and waited for the victims side of the house," says a source close to the case."

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."

Needless to say the locals of the quiet town are stunned by the news:

According to the neighbors, "the couple lived for 5 or 6 years" in his little house. They had been married a little over a year. The neighborhood shocked again that it is a normal family. "Usually, shootings in the region, it is often stories of drug with the Dutch, because it is not far from the border."


The mayor did not say more about the possible causes of this unfortunate news item. He noted, 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.

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g'kar's picture

This has to be a mistake. Europe is a gun free zone.

Zadok's picture

In addition to being a victim disarmament zone, their free speech zones have been set aside outside the borders, beginning about 6 feet under. Water or land does not seem to be important to the petty tyrants.

GetZeeGold's picture



If they kill all the Belgium bankers....who's gonna buy all our bonds?


This has to be a mistake. Europe is a gun free zone.

The_Prisoner's picture

Good to see I-dog posting again.

Tengri Temujin's picture

Was he manning an unarmed checkpoint in Brussels when this happened???????

PT's picture

First it was "suicides", now it is outright murders.  Someone getting slack and doesn't care any more?  Or copycats?

CheapBastard's picture

"The police could not find the Shitgum used at the scene of the crime."

espirit's picture

Give back zee gold, or you and your family die.


eatthebanksters's picture

Did you guys use Google translator?  The grammar is atrocious...

Dollarmedes's picture

When is Jamie Dimon gonna get it? Why is Europe leading the US? I thought *we* were supposed to be the violent ones. We can't allow a danerous bankster assassination gap to form!

PT's picture

and "If I had a son, he could have been like a banker ..." ...

Aaaaahhh, that's why I don't have kids.  I thought it was something else ...

pop goes the weasel's picture

Is it me or is the second picture of the bullet hole not even on the front or gable of this property?

Soul Glow's picture

Rotheschildes cleaning up possible narqs.  

Remember who the real Mafia is.

fattail's picture

what did this banker know?

Ludwig Von's picture

And l 'Avenir is French, so translating is easier than from Flemish. 

remain calm's picture

This is all juvenile foreplay until one of the big dogs goes down and this is on the front page. Waiting patiently.

Oh regional Indian's picture

So are you saying we should remain calm, remain calm?

eatthebanksters's picture

I wonder if the perp banked at JPM, Citi or BofA also?

0b1knob's picture

"Remain Calm"

"And Carry a Glock"

remain calm's picture

Yes everyone remain calm and if you're a banker and you are sunning at the beach this Easter Sunday don't take off your Kevlar jacket and swim trunks.

Theosebes Goodfellow's picture

"So pay attention, children. If you are a banker, never ever have a big argument with a foreign client."

Class over.

MsCreant's picture

Indeed. This banker is not the real problem. The neighborhood does not scream "Lloyd does God's work here."

XitSam's picture

Too many suicides start to look suspicious. 

Oldwood's picture

Bankers committing suicide implies too much guilt. Murder evokes much more sympathy, plus provides a distraction in the pursuit of the murderer. Nothing that happens does so without preserving or promoting the bankers world.

jeff montanye's picture

that sounds almost like a religious belief.

spine001's picture

Guys/Gals, if things are the way we think they are regarding the non existence of the money people think they have. And the increasing scrutiny over why you want your money out. And given the large percentage of that money that we indeed know is mafia money. Imagine all the things that will happen as the mafia starts finding out that they are being systematically robbed by the FED, ECB, Bank of Japan, etc. Those guys won't take it peacefully. They never have.

mccvilb's picture

"In the beginning it was banker suicides"

Purported suicides.

Bindar Dundat's picture

OLD JOKE:  What do you call ten murdered bankers?  A good start...... hahahahahahahahahaha


studfinder's picture

What do you call a 200lb woman on back of a Harley?  ....  Anorexic.


This is a tragic situation.  Bankers are the pillars of society.  They produce (?) ..oh wait.  They don't do shit except put digits in a computer and skim some off the top for themselves...  carry on.

HowardBeale's picture

What do you call 10 bankers murdered by a bunny pulled out of a hat?

A sold out magic show.

HungryPorkChop's picture

Want to hear a crying shame?  A bus load of bankers went off a cliff.  The crying shame is there were a couple of empty seats.!  Bah, bah, bah!! Ta-dah. :-)

y3maxx's picture

Rayciss....Bankers have Rights too.

sarc off

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

ZH used to have a quality blogger named ''Bank Guy in Brussels", who (by most accounts) got banned. Either that, or he quit blogging for some unknown reason.

I hope the guy killed in this article was not the late ZH blogger.

WillyGroper's picture

I liked his posts also.

You know what his crime was?


Colonel Klink's picture

Speaking about those whom we cannot mention.

Monty Burns's picture

Correct.  I used to wonder how long he'd last. Those who cannot be mentioned cannot be mentioned.

MeelionDollerBogus's picture

does it involve a pope and provalone?


Oldrepublic's picture

re: kirk

yes, his last post from October last year makes interesting reading!

emersonreturn's picture



thank you for the link.  i've missed bank guy...when i went to the link my virus detector went mad.  three violently red notices immediately began beeping.  thank you, indeed, you and kirk have uncovered something.

woolly mammoth's picture

Me too, on both accounts. (Missing and Virus)

Boozer's picture

Happened to me as well emerson, red notice super tilt virus alert...hmmm

I miss BankGuy as well - his posts were always worth reading.

MeelionDollerBogus's picture

Are you really unconcerned that zerohedge in particular is causing such alarms?
Thankfully I'm running Ubuntu 12.04. No way opening html from zerohedge will put a virus there.