Mystery at the monastery ends
Charles Davis writes "To the monks of Mont Saint-Odile, perched high in the Vosges mountains, it seemed like the work of the devil. During nearly two
years of doubt and mystification, 1,100 ancient books disappeared from the monastery library without any trace of a break-in.
Yesterday, in a court in Saverne, Alsace, the mystery reached its conclusion when the thief, Stanislas Gosse, 33, was given a
suspended sentence of 18 months for a burglary that had echoes of Umberto Eco's The Name of the Rose and a touch of Harry
Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.
The judge was told of a lost map, a secret passage and a hidden entrance through a cupboard, all finally revealed by routine modern
technology - CCTV cameras.