Betcha’ Didn’t Know About the Dutch OJ

Dutch Word of the Day
to do
Als ik het deed.

If I did it.

…oh, but he did. This man is out of control:

Novelist’s real murder book hits the shops

Wednesday 03 October 2007

The publication of writer Richard Klinkhamer’s true crime book Woensdag Gehaktdag (mince on Wednesday), about how he killed his wife in 1991, is the subject of much press comment on Wednesday.

The Volkskrant reports that the AKO book shop chain has decided not to stock it on the grounds that it is ‘morally dubious’. Competitors Bruna and Selexyz are more sanguine, the paper reports.

A Bruna spokesman tells the paper that it is all about freedom of expression and says it is not its place to tell the reader if the story goes too far. Selexyz says it will be careful with placement of the book and will not include it in window displays.

Established novelist Klinkhamer, 70, killed his wife in 1991 with a crowbar after an argument and buried her in the garden. Her body was discovered in 2000 and Klinkhamer was sentenced to six years in prison. He was released from jail in early in 2003.

According to the Volkskrant’s book reviewer the book is ‘intriguing, whether we like it or not’.

5 Responses to “Betcha’ Didn’t Know About the Dutch OJ”

  1. 1 Phillip Smith October 4, 2007 at 00:57

    It is intriguing, I must admit, though I dunno if I’d read a whole book about it. But only 6 years for beating your wife to death with a *crowbar*?? what the deuce?

  2. 2 amherstdam October 4, 2007 at 01:01

    Dutch jail is a JOKE. And capital punishment doesn’t really exist.

  3. 3 em October 4, 2007 at 03:33

    The punishment would have been stiffer for pissing on the sidewalk…go figure. Wonder if she would have fared as well?

  4. 4 amherstdam October 7, 2007 at 17:48

    Actually, there is no really fine for pissing on the sidewalk. (or canals) But the prison for asylum seekers are appalling.

  5. 5 RRE October 25, 2007 at 23:26

    Western Europe ain’t America — rapists get community service, and if you do end up in jail, besides the porn cable channels you get you can also to the red light district (Liege, Belgium).

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