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Vince Lestrade is an entrant and professional track runner from Republia. He is noted on the front page of The Truth of Arstotzka on day 5 for allegedly killing his girlfriend in "jealous rage".


Lestrade is the third entrant on day 5. If the inspector identifies his name on the newspaper, Lestrade claims it was a setup then tells the inspector to just let him through. If the inspector detains him, he is taken away, and the next issue of The Truth of Arstotzka will mention his arrest.

If his entry is denied, he is apprehended in Kolechia the next day, as per The Truth of Arstotzka.

If the inspector approves entry, no citation will be issued, as all his documents are valid and up to date. The next day's newspaper will report that he has been spotted in Arstotzka.


Upon identification as the Vince Lestrade in the papers:

  • [inspector] You are Vince Lestrade?
  • Damn.
  • Look, I did not kill her. I was set up.
  • Do not believe the Republian lies.
  • Let me through.

Upon detention:

If denied or approved, regardless of being identified:

  • [says nothing and walks away/through]


Vince Lestrade's situation has very rough parallels to the real-life case of Oscar Pistorius , a South African sprint runner who fatally shot and killed his girlfriend on February 14, 2013.  It is unclear whether Pistorius was the inspiration for Lestrade; Lestrade was in early test versions of the game as early as April 2013, but the news of Pistorius was not as prominent then.  (Evidence points towards Pistorius not killing his girlfriend in "jealous rage" or being "setup" -- he admitted in court that he shot her through his bathroom door, mistaking her for an intruder as he thought she was in the bedroom.  He also did not attempt to flee the country. In September 2014 Pistorius was convicted of culpable homicide, roughly equivalent to a charge of manslaughter in the United States.)


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