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Billionaire brewery owner Freddy Heineken was kidnapped in 1983. ?Policemen raided an unguarded warehouse and freed the kidnapped brewery chairman, Alfred H. Heineken, and his chauffeur from unheated concrete cells in which they had been chained for 21 days.

The Kidnapping?of Freddy Heineken

The Kidnapping of Freddy Heineken is often referred to as ?the almost perfect crime?. The gang came unstuck in farcical fashion, however, when one of the kidnappers phoned for a Chinese takeaway and unwittingly alerted police to the hostages’ location.

One autumn evening in 1983, Cor van Hout, Jan Boellaard, Frans Meijer, and Willem Holleeder kindly showed Freddy Heineken the way to their car by pointing at him with their sub-machine guns. Carefully following these directions, Heineken and his driver Ad Doderer spend the next three weeks stuck in improvised prison cells in a warehouse in Amsterdam. Communicating via codified adverts in newspapers, the kidnappers managed to extort 35 million guilders (about sixteen million euros, adjusted for inflation) from the Heineken family. Since it?s pretty difficult to run away when your pile of paper money?weighs over 400 kilos, the kidnappers were either arrested or turned themselves in shortly after Freddy Heineken was freed by police officials following an anonymous tip.

It all starts on a rainy evening in 1983. Beer tycoon Alfred (Freddy) Heineken leaves his office building with two female assistants. At about 40 feet away, his driver Ab Doderer awaits him in an armoured Cadillac Fleetwood.

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Photo: Reuters/John Gress It's an incredible sight. A building covered in ice, with fire fighters working to extinguish an enormous blaze in a warehouse in below-freezing temperatures on January 23, 2013.

Photo: Reuters/John Gress
It’s an incredible sight. A building covered in ice, with fire fighters working to extinguish an enormous blaze in a warehouse in below-freezing temperatures on January 23, 2013.

Chicago‘s Freezing Fire

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