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Amsterdam gangland slayings

Published on 18/05/2004


June: Drugs baron Klaas Bruinsma is shot and killed outside the Hilton Hotel. He was seen as the first Dutch criminal kingpin of the modern age.


A Yugoslav man dies in a cafe in the Jordaan area after being shot in the head. The killing is allegedly linked to Bruinsma’s death.


January: Former TV pirate station operator Pietje Hendriks is shot dead in a café on the Spaarndammerdijk. He was also linked to the ecstasy trade.

May: An unknown assailant shoots the 34-year-old Belgian doctor Danny Leclère dead in his car on the Amsterdam ring road. Leclère played a leading role in the first large ecstasy case in the Netherlands. He was sentenced to six years jail, but escaped during leave from prison. His killer has never been found.


June: German drugs dealer G. Hoffman is killed at a petrol station in Amsterdam North.


March: In a café on the Haarlemmerstraat, Belgian drug dealer and police informer Martin Swennen is killed in a volley of pistol bullets. The culprit is arrested.


October: A shooting at Central Station kills one and severely injures another. Both victims were from Singapore and the car they were in at the time of the shooting is riddled with bullet holes.


February: Two Turkish men are shot and killed in the Populierenstraat.


January: Two men aged 23 and 28 are killed in a shooting on the C.P.M. Rommeplantsoen. A third man, aged 28, is severely wounded.

July: A 27-year-old woman of Osdorp is killed when her car explodes. The death is described as a gangland slaying, but the woman was not the intended victim. She was the partner of a known Yugoslavian criminal.

December: Former drug dealer Steve Brown is shot in front of his home, but survives. He had felt threatened for some time after giving testimony against Bruinsma’s suspected killer in 1991.


September: Top criminal Jan Femer, 56, is killed on the Haarlemmerdijk. The single shooter shot him at close range from a motorbike.

October: Top criminal Sam Klepper, 40, is killed in a public shooting among shoppers on the Gelderlandplein. Police draw a possible link between the murders of Klepper and Femer.

November: A man shoots three people dead in a Japanese restaurant. The victims are two Yugoslavians and a woman. The culprit stepped inside the restaurant, walked to the victims’ table and started shooting without speaking. Police assume it is a gangland liquidation.


September: A 48-year-old Moroccan man is shot near the Holiday Inn hotel.


December: Gijs van Dam Jr. is severely wounded in a shooting on the Willem van Weldammelaan in Amsterdam-Buitenveldert. Van Dam’s father is a renowned figure in the underworld. He is believed to have done business with Sam Klepper.


January: An unknown culprit shoots and kills George Pflieger in his car near a railway crossing in Diemen. The victim allegedly played a minor role in the crime world. An 11-year-old student receives a minor injury from a stray bullet.

January: The kidnapper of Freddie Heineken, Cor van Hout, is shot and killed in the Dorpsstraat in Amstelveen. His companion, Robert ter Haak, later dies of his injuries.

May: A 57-year-old man from Serbia-Montenegro is liquidated in the PC Hooftstraat. The man was known to police.

August: Real estate owner Bertus Luske, 59, is shot and killed in front of his restaurant Frankendael on the Middenweg in Amsterdam. He is suspected of having criminal links.

October: The 39-year-old criminal, Jules Jie, and a 20-year-old Thai woman are shot and killed in their car on the Keizer Karelweg in Amstelveen.

December: The 33-year-old Bulgarian drugs criminal Konstantin Dimitrov is shot and killed on Dam Square. A 23-year-old Bulgarian woman is severely wounded in the shooting. A 37-year-old Dutchman is later arrested.


March: Former detective Martin Hoogland — the man who killed Klaas Bruinsma and drugs dealer Anton Hijzelendoorn — is shot dead on his bike while on day release from prison in Hoorn.

May: Willem Endstra, 51, is shot and killed in front of his office on the Apollolaan in Amsterdam South.
May: Gijs van Dam, 37, is shot in the head on 28 May while sitting in a car in the driveway of his home on the Ir. G. Friedhoffplein and dies soon after at the VU hospital in Amsterdam.

July: Reputed drug dealer Mounir Barsoum is shot dead at the wheel of his car at the corner of the Jan van Galenstraat and Willem de Zwijgerlaan in Amsterdam on 8 July. His daughter, 12, is airlifted to hospital in a critical condition.

[Copyright Expatica News 2004]

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