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Writer indicted for 'acting out murder plot'

Short story linked to 'Basic Instinct' killing

Writer indicted for 'acting out murder plot'

Turin, June 12 - An Italian writer accused of murdering a prostitute according to the plot of one of his short stories was indicted Wednesday. Daniel Ughetto Piampaschet, 35, is accused of murdering Nigerian prostitute and ex-girlfriend Anthonia Egbuna, 20, and dumping her body in the Po river in November 2011. Police became suspicious when they found his manuscript for a short story that echoes the circumstances of Egbuna's death. They think that Piampaschet became obsessively jealous of her clients. Police say mobile phone records show Piampaschet called Egbuna approximately 1,600 times - the last on the day they think she was murdered. Italian media have been quick to draw comparisons to the Hollywood movie Basic Instinct, in which actor Sharon Stone's character describes an ice-pick murder in a novel which is then committed in real life, making her the prime suspect. Piampaschet's trial is scheduled to start September 26.

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