Deadly fire exposes wealthy man’s secret underground tunnels

Michael Kunzelman of Associated Press reports:

Undated photo of Daniel Beckwitt released by the Montgomery County Police Dept.

The wealthy stock trader took elaborate steps to conceal the network of tunnels beneath his house in this Washington, D.C., suburb. Even the young man helping him dig them didn’t know where they were.

A year ago, a deadly fire exposed Daniel Beckwi

tt’s curious campaign to build an underground bunker for protection from a nuclear attack. Neighbors knew nothing about the tunnels before they heard Beckwitt’s screams and saw smoke pouring from the house where 21-year-old Askia Khafra (ASK-ee-uh KA-fruh) died that afternoon.


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