Divorce behind latest family tragedy
13 March 2007, AMSTERDAM – The police think that relationship problems may have been the reason why a 32-year-old man from Haarlem first killed his mother-in-law and then himself and his two young sons, aged four and six.
13 March 2007
AMSTERDAM – The police think that relationship problems may have been the reason why a 32-year-old man from Haarlem first killed his mother-in-law and then himself and his two young sons, aged four and six.
During a press conference on the family tragedy Haarlem mayor Bernt Schneiders and police district chief Peter Holla said that the father had still been married to the mother of the two children, but that there were problems in the relationship. The police say the couple was in the process of a divorce.
Police received a report at 2.08 p.m. that a 58-year-old woman had been killed. They found the woman’s body in the home on the Kritzingerstraat. Neighbours told police that the 32-year-old son-in-law of the woman had left with his two sons. The report came in shortly thereafter that the man had jumped in front of the train at the railroad crossing in Harlemmerliede, taking his two children with him. All three were killed.
The children’s mother was not home when the tragedy took place. Social workers had not been called in to assist the family at any point in the past, the mayor and police chief said.
The police have not made any announcements about how the 58-year-old woman was killed, though neighbours have said that she was stabbed to death.
The woman was babysitting her grandchildren. Counsellors are providing support at the primary school of the two boys and in the neighbourhood. The incident was also very traumatic for the emergency workers, the police officers who responded to the call, and for the passengers and train engineer. They have also been provided counselling.
[Copyright Expatica News 2007]
Subject: Dutch news