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Murdered banker was wearinga latex suit, newspapers report
March 5, 2005
GENEVA — A prominent French banker who was murdered this week in his
apartment in Geneva was wearing a skin-tight latex suit when he was
shot three times and killed, Swiss newspapers reported Friday.
The banker,Edouard Stern, 50,head of an investment firm and the
son-in-law of Michel David-Weill, chairman of the investment firm
Lazard, was found dead in his bedroom, shot twice in the head
and once in the body, Le Tribune de Genève and Le Temps reported.
"Colleagues discovered his body clothed completely in latex rubber,"
said the daily Le Temps, without citing a source for the
The newspapers speculated that the latex suit may have been a ploy
by his assailants to confuse the police.
Stern's body was found on Tuesday afternoon. The authorities have
confirmed only that he was killed with a firearm.
Le Temps said that the investigation was looking into Stern's
private life as well as his business affairs.
The investigating magistrate, Michel Graber, told Swiss television
that Stern had probably opened the door to his killer or killers,
since there was no sign of forced entry.
Stern had a reputation as a ruthless executive and had been involved
in several failed takeovers of major French industrial groups in
recent years, in addition to running his own investment business.
His business interests also extended across the Atlantic and to
Eastern Europeand Israel.
Investigators declined to comment on the new details Friday.
Stern lived near Geneva's center in a luxury apartment equipped with
a high-tech security system and situated just above a police
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