Physically, he was tanned and muscular. He had dark hair. He used his looks to attract younger women. He always dressed in a crisp linen shirt and an Armani suit. He drove a Porsche. He was a great fan of the classical composer Wagner with who he felt a connection because of his escape from Latvia.
The police had been trying to pin something on him for ages: robbery, extortion, prostitution, pornography and murder. According to rumour he had once deep-fried a man's testicles. However, he was never convicted.
In 2008 he financed the construction of SkyPoint, a high-tech apartment building, and took up residence in the penthouse suite. He installed a security camera network throughout the building so he could spot any intruders long before they got to him.