Kidnapping Mr. Heineken

Kidnapping Mr. Heineken
2015 Bookcover Kidnapping Mr. Heineken

A lot of details about the kidnapping of Freddy Heineken and Ab Doderer are known because of exclusive interviews crime reporter Peter R. de Vries did with Cor van Hout. He wrote the best seller book Kidnapping Mr. Heineken about the revelations of Cor van Hout.

After the kidnapping, while Willem Holleeder and Cor van Hout were arrested in France, the waited in a French hotel during the negotiations for their extradition to the Netherlands. This took so long, that eventually the press came to know about their location and waited for a glimpse of the two kidnappers and the chance for an interview. During this time Peter R. de Vries was the only journalist that got close to van Hout and Holleeder. They decided that he was the only journalist they would talk to and gave him the exclusive story about the kidnapping of Freddy Heineken. The kidnappers agreed that de Vries got the rights to write a book about the kidnapping of Freddy Heineken from the perspective of Cor van Hout. They spoke hours and hours about all the details. Cor van Hout and de Vries became close friends and their friendship lasted till the death of van Hout.

Publishing Kidnapping Mr. Heineken
Publication of Kidnapping Mr. Heineken

After the trials in 1987 the book is published and it is an instant best seller. What moved the young men to do a kidnapping? How did they plan the kidnapping? What problems did they encounter? Alle questions are answered in detail, but the only thing that remains a mystery, is the question where the lost ransom is.

In 2010 an update of the book is published. New information about the kidnappers, aftermath and the still ongoing trials is added as well as many new photos.

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