COUNCIL CHRONICLE – On the 25th of May, Daniel Beckwitt, a 27-year-old stockbroker from Washington DC, appeared before a Montgomery County court. Beckwitt, described by many as an eccentric millionaire, has to answer for the death of Askia Khafra, a 21-year-old construction worker, who died in 2017 while working on Beckwitt’s fallout shelter.
Stockbroker Built Fallout Shelter in Fear of North Korea Nuclear Missile Retaliation
According to the documents filed in court on the 25th of May, Daniel Beckwitt approached Khafra last year with a job offer.
Interestingly enough, as the prosecution revealed during Beckwitt’s hearing, the stockbroker used to communicate with his employee on a need-to-know basis.
Although Khafra knew that Beckwitt hired him to construct an underground network of tunnels and a fallout shelter, he had been in the dark about many aspects of the project.
For instance, as part of the deal, he was to be picked up and driven to work by Beckwitt. In addition, for the duration of the trip, Khafra was required to wear tinted glass, since Beckwitt did not want anyone to know the location of his shelter.
The Washington DC stockbroker has been on edge for the past couple of year due to tense ties between the US and North Korea.
Fearing a nuclear missile retaliation, Beckwitt ordered Khafra to help him construct the emergency bunker and escape tunnels.
Authorities declared that the underground tunnels stretch over 200 feet. The fallout shelter was roughly 200 feet beneath Beckwitt’s residence.
On the 10th of September 2017, a fire broke out in one of the underground tunnels. Beckwitt managed to escape in the nick of time but left Khafra to his fate.
The prosecution declared that Beckwitt was well aware of the fact that the tunnel maze could potentially turn into a death trap if a fire erupted.
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