Kidnapping of Freddy Heineken

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Kidnapping of Freddy Heineken
Type 1 kidnapping
Year 1983
Date 11/09
Place the Netherlands
Perps Willem Holleeder, Cor van Hout
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Allegedly one of the richest men of the Netherlands, the head of the Heineken beer brewery, was kidnapped and held for 21 days for ransom (35 million guilders, ~16 million euros).

Official story

• The kidnapping of Freddy Heineken, chairman of the board of directors and CEO of the brewing company Heineken International and one of the richest people in the Netherlands, and his driver Ab Doderer, was a crime that took place between 9 and 30 November 1983 in Amsterdam. They were released on a ransom of 35 million Dutch guilders (about 15.7 million GBPs). The kidnappers Cor van Hout, Willem Holleeder, Jan Boelaard, Frans Meijer, and Martin Erkamps, were eventually caught and served prison terms.

• Before being extradited, Van Hout and Holleeder stayed for more than three years in France, first on the run, then in prison, and then, awaiting a change of the extradition treaty, under house arrest, and finally in prison again. Meijer escaped and lived in Paraguay for years, until he was discovered by Peter R. de Vries and imprisoned there.
• In 2003, Meijer stopped resisting his extradition to the Netherlands, and was transferred to a Dutch prison to serve the last part of his term. The kidnapping and subsequent trials and extraditions drew national attention and received broad media coverage. Several books were published on the kidnapping and two movies were made. Several of the kidnappers would later become well-known figures in Dutch organized crime. Shortly after his release, Van Hout was jailed once again, this time for four years for his role in a drug-smuggling ring. In 2003, a year after being freed a second time, he was killed in an underworld shooting in Amsterdam and had a "mafia-style" funeral featuring a white hearse pulled by eight Frisian horses leading a procession of 15 white limousines.

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