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Under Suspicion: Uncovering The Wesphael Case

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This Netflix docuseries follows the high-profile case of Belgian politician Bernard Wesphael, who was accused of murdering his wife in 2013.

 

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Well, this was creepy. I really don't know what to think about the verdict.

I cannot get over the fact that the wife's lover's name was Oswald de Cock. That is AMAZING.

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Just finished this.

I didn't know much about the case other than being dimly aware that he had been acquitted. At first, I was positive that he was guilty, because Mon Dieu, does Bernard Westphael ever have Resting Smarm Face (honestly, how does he attract all of these beautiful women?).

By the end, I really wasn't sure. It's clear that his wife had a lot of issues, and her death definitely could have been accidental. Awfully convenient for him, though, that he just happened to go to sleep -- I loved his one friend who said that was exactly the sort of idiotic thing he would do -- right around the time she breathed her last. And yes, "Oswald de Cock." That is a porn star name if ever I heard one.

I was sailing merrily along without the subtitles (I actually didn't realize this was going to be in French, but I'm fluent, so it was a nice chance to practice) right up until the point that the young couple who heard ALL THE SEX appeared onscreen and started jabbering in what I assume was Flemish. Belgium is a weird country, man.

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2 hours ago, Birnam Wood said:

Mon Dieu, does Bernard Westphael ever have Resting Smarm Face (honestly, how does he attract all of these beautiful women?).

I thought the exact same thing! And then when he sees de Cock for the first time and is amazed someone who looked like him could be with his wife, I thought he killed his wife out of jealousy/anger for the affair with what he considered an ugly man. The nerve!

But yeah, the wife had a boatload of issues. I think the trial was botched, too, with the civil and crown prosecutors on different pages with motive. That part of things was a bit confusing for me.

Overall I thought the story could have been told more clearly, but the case itself was kind of a mess.

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On 3/29/2021 at 5:53 AM, Birnam Wood said:

I was sailing merrily along without the subtitles (I actually didn't realize this was going to be in French, but I'm fluent, so it was a nice chance to practice) right up until the point that the young couple who heard ALL THE SEX appeared onscreen and started jabbering in what I assume was Flemish. Belgium is a weird country, man.

I had one year of French and my mother tongue is German. This was a trip for me. I could make out some of the french words, and a lot of the (I assume Dutch, but I don't really know). Belgium is a strange country, for sure. But can you be mad at a country that is famous for their Fries and Waffles? I can't. :D 

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Years ago I got an amazing airfare to Brussels that was so cheap (less than $300) I had to take it. I had frites met saus at least once a day. It. was. bliss.

I prefer the larger, thinner America waffle when it comes to breakfast waffles, but I do like the crispy cookie-type waffles.

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I kept thinking of the Monty Python sketch in which they proclaimed that "Belgium" was the rudest word in English.

The ins and outs of the Belgian legal system baffle me. How is it possible that the civil and the crown prosecution were basically pursuing two completely different cases? And the judge was okay with that? No wonder Westphael was acquitted.

Also, based on the pictures, I... actually though de Cock was better-looking than Westphael. *shrugs*

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