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Fire exposes wealthy man’s secret underground tunnels

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Askia Khafra (left) died beneath the home of Daniel Beckwitt (right)

A DC-area stock trader and hacker is now facing murder and manslaughter charges for the death of a worker who perished in a fire while working on a series of underground tunnels.

Millionaire Daniel Beckwitt was attempting to build an underground bunker to protect him in case of nuclear attack, keeping the project in such a deep state of secrecy. In fact, the exact nature of the bunker was such a clandestine affair, laborer Askia Khafra and his coworkers weren’t always sure where they were.

Hours before the fire, Khafra texted Beckwitt and told him it smelled like smoke inside the tunnels. Flipping the lights off in response, Beckwitt had to turn them back on after Khafra complained about low visibility.

Khafra was killed in the ensuing fire one year ago today- his ashen remains are currently inside an urn in his bedroom, which has been untouched since his death.

According to CBS News, the Beckwitt was arrested in May of this year, his trial is scheduled for April of 2019.

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