Video: Mysterious Greenwich murder

updated 4/4/2006 8:52:16 PM ET 2006-04-05T00:52:16

The brother of an investment banker poisoned in Hong Kong in what became known as the “milkshake murder” was found stabbed to death in his home, police said.

When movers found the body of 46-year-old Andrew M. Kissel on Monday, his hands and feet were bound, a manager for JB Moving Services in Stamford said. There were no signs of forced entry or burglary, Police Chief James Walters said.

“This was not a random act,” he said. “We do believe that Mr. Kissel was the intended target of this assault.”

Greenwich police were interviewing friends and family members, including Kissel’s wife, Hayley, police said. No immediate arrests were made.

Police began searching the home for evidence and drained the swimming pool.

At the time of his death, Kissel was facing federal and state criminal charges in New York. The federal case charged him with real estate fraud, and state prosecutors charged him with grand larceny, alleging he stole nearly $4 million from his Manhattan apartment cooperative.

“We’re certainly aware of the criminal and civil problems he was facing, and they will play a role in the investigation,” Walters said.

Kissel’s attorney Philip Russell said Kissel had planned to plead guilty Thursday in connection with the federal case in New York.

Brother died from drug-laced milkshake
Andrew Kissel’s brother, Robert, was killed in 2003 when his wife, Nancy, fed him a drug-laced milkshake and beat him to death with a statuette. She was convicted of murder and is serving a life sentence.

Andrew Kissel and his recently estranged wife temporarily cared for his brother’s three children before the youngsters were formally handed over to the custody of the Kissels’ sister.

In divorce papers, Hayley Kissel said her husband had a drinking problem and had committed fraud against her, including forging powers of attorney to transfer property she owned in Vermont and converting assets for his own use in violation of court orders. The couple had two children.

Kissel also was being sued by a former business partner.

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