The Devil's Lieutenant Author:M. Fagyas The crime that rocked an empire struck in 1909, when a young officer in Franz Josef's army, passed over for promotion, was accused of mailing poisoned "aphrodisiac" capsules to ten members of the Imperial and Royal Austro-Hungarian Army's Genderal Staff. The agonizing death of the one officer who swallowed a capsule, Captain Richard Mader, not ... more »only brought about an unsavory scandal in glittering Vienna but set off one of the most extraordinary ivestigations on record: the confrontation between Judge Advocat3e Emil Kunze and the accused, First Lieutenant Peter Dorfrichter. Kunze, facing the strikingly handsome, self-confident, intelligent Dorfrichter, had to admit that his suspect was a most unlikely murderer.
The battles of wit between the two men, their games of cat and mouse, their mutual dependence on each other, complicated by Kunze's growing emotional involvement with his suspect, became a cause celebre, ultimately commanding the attention of Franz Josef himself. When the aging emperor ordered justice be done, no matter the cost to his empire or to Europe's oldest royal house, he helped set the stage for the collapse of his monarchy.« less