De Kasteelmoord

Ten years after the mysterious murder of the lord of the castle Stijn Saelens, the four-part true crime series De Kasteelmoord, tells the hallucinatory story of one of the most talked-about murder cases in Belgium.

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Ten years after the mysterious murder of the lord of the castle Stijn Saelens, the four-part true crime series De Kasteelmoord, tells the hallucinatory story of one of the most talked-about murder cases in Belgium.

ClientS

VTM

DPG Media

Year

2022

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'De Kasteelmoord' immerses the viewer in an intense family feud that takes place behind the castle walls between Stijn Saelens, scion of a wealthy family, and his father-in-law André Gyselbrecht, a popular local doctor. The feud ends in the murder of Stijn, which is reconstructed in 'De Kasteelmoord' and will not leave the viewer unmoved. The investigation and the trial, after which many questions remain unanswered, are also highlighted. This is done on the basis of interviews with people who followed the case from the front row. Among others lawyers Walter Damen and Kris Vincke and journalists Faroek Özgünes (VTM NEWS), Klaas Danneel (VTM NEWS), José Masschelin (ex-HLN) and Cedric Lagast (Het Nieuwsblad) guide the viewer through the murder case.

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It soon became clear why 'De Kasteelmoord' created an unprecedented media circus around the case and why the castle murder passed in review among many Flemish households: "It is about important, influential people with a lot of money. It soon became clear that Stijn Saelens and his father-in-law André Gyselbrecht were at odds. There were also rumors that Stijn had committed incest and wanted to go to Australia with his children. The case became more and more interesting and unusual by the minute," says José Masschelin, former court reporter with HLN who followed the case closely.

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