Murder at Le Bristol Hotel

Sep 11, 2009 - by Marilyn Z. Tomlins - 0 Comments

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The murder of Polish millionairess Kinga Legg at the 5-star Le Bristol Hotel in Paris has been solved but her murderer may forever remain unpunished.

by Marilyn Z. Tomlins

In the language of luxury hotels, it was the quietest hour of the day: 8 p.m.

The carpeted corridors of the 5-star Le Bristol Hotel on Paris’s Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, named after the 6th century Saint Honoratus, protector of wheat growers and bakers, were deserted.

There were no chamber maids chattering behind their service trolleys, no droning of vacuum cleaners, no tinkling of crystal as waiters from “Room Service” refilled mini-bars with cute little bottles of whisky, brandy and France’s finest wines.

And not a sound from behind the closed doors of the rooms and suites that cost between $1,100 and $3,300 per night. The doors, especially thick, make the rooms soundproof.

On the fifth floor, from the shiny brass knob of the door of Room 503, hung a “Do Not Disturb” sign.  That morning – Tuesday, May 26, 2009 – a man had called the desk of the hotel’s “Concierge” to warn that “Madame Kinga Legg,” one of the double room’s occupants, did not wish to be disturbed. In Le Bristol, known as “one of the best of the best” of Paris hotels, a guest’s wish was never ignored.

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