For this week we take a little trip from Budapest to nearby Biatorbágy, where the landmark train bridge was bombed by Szilveszter Matuska 82 years ago on 13 September. The explosion claimed the lives of 22 people travelling from Budapest to Vienna, and it prompted authorities to declare martial law throughout the country. Conspiracy theories were not uncommon in the 1930s either. Many historians still claim that Matuska was just a tool in the hands of defence minister Gyula Gömbös and governor Miklós Horthy, who allegedly organised the terror attack to use the ensuing chaos and martial law to strengthen their position against prime minister Gyula Károlyi. Matuska, however, claimed that he was acting alone and although he was sentenced to life imprisonment, he only had to spend some 12 years in jail because he managed to escape prison in the anarchy following the arrival of the Russian army in 1944.