Heineken, Holloway, and Kennedy: Top High-Profile Cases Shot Crime Reporter de Vries Covered
De Vries, who has provided his expertise on criminal cases, has been under police protection for quite some time, as he earned himself a lot of enemies in the underworld. The journalist was even placed on the hit list of the “Angel of Death” crime cartel leader, arrested in 2019 in the UAE and later extradited to the Netherlands.
After he was shot in broad daylight on a street in Amsterdam’s downtown, famous Dutch investigative journalist Peter R. de Vries, acclaimed for his efforts in exposing the criminal underground, is currently struggling for his life. The 64-year-old reporter had just left a TV studio in the Dutch capital city when one of the five shots fired at him at close range wounded him in the head.
According to recent media reports, three individuals, including the alleged shooter, have already been apprehended by the police as of Tuesday night.
For his work researching the 2005 disappearance of American teenager Natalee Holloway in Aruba, de Vries received an international Emmy Award in the current affairs category in 2008.
Here are some of his most well-known investigations, which brought de Vries millions of viewers and enormous popularity in his home country, while also earning him plenty of ill-wishers as well.
The Kidnapping of Freddy Heineken, Beer Magnate
De Vries has been working for a number of outlets over the years and has been a freelance crime reporter since 1991. But back in 1983, at the time working as a reporter for the Dutch newspaper, De Telegraaf, de Vries took an active part in the investigation of the kidnapping of Freddy Heineken, CEO of the brewing business Heineken International and one of the wealthiest individuals in the Netherlands, and his driver Ab Doderer in November that year.
On November 30, they were released for a ransom of 35 million Dutch guilders or about $11 million, the biggest ransom paid to kidnappers at the time. Some of the kidnappers later became prominent figures in the Dutch criminal underworld.
De Vries often attended court hearings and paid visits to the French hotels where the kidnappers, Cor van Hout and Willem Holleeder, were being held after arrest awaiting their extradition.
The journalist subsequently wrote two books about his own inquiry and the case in general. One of them, published in 1987, The Kidnapping of Alfred Heineken, is a novel written from the perspective of Hout
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