In this story about Willem Holleeder, I interview a Netherlands based crime writer David Amaruso about the John Gotti of Holland. Willem Holleeder burst into the European public’s imagination for his audacious kidnapping of Heineken beer baron, Freddy Heineken, and his driver. Anthony Hopkins starred in a biopic film titled Kidnapping Freddy Heineken adding to the myth of Willem Holleeder as a master criminal. He recruited some other small time criminals and they walked away with about 20 million in U.S. dollars. Authorities solved this crime and in 1987, they caught him hiding in Paris and a Dutch court sentenced Hollender to 11 years in prison. Authorities released him in 5 years.
In Part number 1, David Amoruso tells the story of the Kidnapping of Freddie Heineken, who was involved, how they were caught and how this crime caught the public’s attention and promoted Willem Holleeder, aka “The Nose,” into a mythical benevolent criminal following in the footsteps of Robin Hood, Jesse James, John Dillinger, and John Gotti.
I recommend you go to David’s website, Gangstersinc by clicking here. David has written about American gangsters and famous American crimes as well as the La Cosa Nostra, Camorra and ‘Ndrangheta in Italy and Sicily and other European criminal organizations.
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