Kidnapping of Freddy Heineken
The kidnapping of Freddy Heineken, chairman of the board of directors
and CEO of the brewing company Heineken International and one of the
richest people in the Netherlands, and his driver Ab Doderer, was a
crime that took place between 9 and 30 November 1983 in Amsterdam.
They were released on a ransom of 35 million Dutch guilders (about 16
million Euros). The kidnappers Cor van Hout, Willem Holleeder, Jan
Boelaard, Frans Meijer, and Martin Erkamps, were eventually caught and
served prison terms.
Before being extradited, Van Hout and Holleeder
stayed for more than three years in France, first on the run, then in
prison, and then, awaiting a change of the extradition treaty, under
house arrest, and finally in prison again. Meijer escaped and lived in
Paraguay for years, until he was discovered by Peter R. de Vries and
In 2003, Meijer stopped resisting his extradition
to the Netherlands, and was transferred to a Dutch prison to serve the
last part of his term. The kidnapping and subsequent trials and
extraditions drew national attention and received broad media
coverage. Several books were published on the kidnapping and two
movies were made. Several of the kidnappers would later become
well-known figures in Dutch organized crime.
Cor van Hout, Willem Holleeder, Frans Meijer and
Jan Boellaard (nl) had been preparing the kidnapping for two years.
Martin Erkamps was later involved. Several attempts to kidnap Freddy
Heineken and his driver Ab Doderer at Heineken's home in Noordwijk
failed when Heineken and Doderer did not show.
Subsequently they were kidnapped on 9 November 1983
at 18:56 in front of Heineken's office at the Weteringplantsoen (nl)
in Amsterdam. They were imprisoned in a Quonset hut, belonging to
Boellaards wood manufacturing company, at business park De Heining in
Westpoort, in the western part of the Amsterdam harbor area. The hut
was prepared in advance by the creation of a double wall on one end,
with two soundproof cells with a hidden door. This made the 42 meter
long hut shorter on the inside by 4 meters, which went unnoticed. The
kidnappers took care of their prisoners outside working hours.
Peter R. de Vries wrote De ontvoering van Alfred
Heineken (1987) from the point of view of Cor van Hout, based on
interviews with Van Hout and Holleeder in 1986, during their hotel
arrest in France. Van Hout and Holleeder asked that the book would not
be published till after their trial. In following issues, De Vries
added several extra chapters about later events.
During the kidnapping and the aftermath, the Dutch
magazine Panorama followed the events with several reports and
pictures. In 2010, these reports were bundled and published in the
book De Heineken ontvoering, by journalist Nick Kivits and kidnapping
expert Sjerp Jaarsma.
On 27 October 2011, the movie De Heineken
ontvoering by Maarten Treurniet had its premiere. It was written by
Maarten Treurniet and Kees van Beijnum. The role of Freddy Heineken
was played by Rutger Hauer, with Reinout Scholten van Aschat as Rem
Hubrechts, Gijs Naber as Cor van Hout, Teun Kuilboer as Frans Meijer,
and Korneel Evers as Jan Boellaard. Kidnapper Willem Holleeder filed a
preliminary injunction requesting that the movie be forbidden. Jan
Boellaard, Frans Meijer and Martin Erkamps also required from IDTV
that the movie not be shown. The movie would not be accurate enough.
The injunction and requests were unsuccessful.
The film Kidnapping Mr. Heineken by Daniel
Alfredson premiered in the Netherlands on 8 January 2015. It is
written by William Brookfield, based on the 1987 book by Peter R. de
Vries. The role of Freddy Heineken is played by Anthony Hopkins, with
Sam Worthington as Willem Holleeder, Jim Sturgess as Cor van Hout,
Ryan Kwanten as Jan Boellaard, and Mark van Eeuwen as Frans Meijer.
The kidnapping of Freddy Heineken and Ab Doderer
November 9th, 1983
Alfred (Freddy) Heineken leaves his office building
in Amsterdam with two women on Wednesday November 9, 1983. At about 40
feet away, his driver Ab Doderer awaits him in an armored Cadillac
Fleetwood. Heineken Office 1983 When Heineken walks towards the car,
he is overpowered by four armed men. The women try to intervene, but
are held off with pepper spray. Ab Doderer leaves his car to help his
boss, but he doesn’t stand a chance. Both Heineken and Doderer are
thrown in the back of a van by the four kidnappers. The orange van
leaves with the back doors still open.
Two years before the kidnapping the four friends
Cor van Hout, Willem Holleeder, Frans Meijer and Jan Boellaard decided
they wanted to become rich quickly. They wanted to do a kidnapping.
During the preparation it was initially unclear who would be the
victim. They had several candidates, including:
•Wisse Dekker (CEO of Phillips)
•Albert Heijn (CEO of AHOLD)
•Anton Dreesmann (Director Vroom & Dreesmann)
•Alfred Heineken (Major shareholder of Heineken)
The preparation required a lot of thought, time and
money. The four friends invested 100,000 dutch guilders to pay for
what they needed. Jan Boellaard possessed a 140 feet Romney Shed in
the western harbor area of Amsterdam. They built two cells behind a
wall with a secret door. From the workshop wich was located in the
shed, you could not see the cells and nobody noticed that the room was
now twelve feet shorter than before. During the kidnapping, when
Heineken and Doderer were locked in these cells, people walked in and
out the workplace without noticing anything unusual.
When the preparations were in full swing, Martin
Erkamps was added to the team. He had a limited role in the
kidnapping. He helped the kidnappers to steal cars that were used
during the crime.
The money transfer was the most complicated part of
the kidnapping. They came up with an idea to use pneumatic tube
transport. That way they could stay at a reasonable distance while
receiving the money. However, a test showed that this entailed a lot
of risks and it was too difficult to achieve. Another option was to
get the money thrown in the water by the negotiators so that the
kidnappers could collect it using diving equipment. A problem with
this method was the weight of the money. The millions of paper money
would be hard to handle underwater. The weight of the money was a
problem for the kidnappers. They didn't want to demand bills of 1000
dutch guilders to decrease the chances of getting caught afterwards.
The bags with bills of smaller values would weigh at least 800 pounds
The kidnappers wanted the police to think they were
German. They bought almost all the materials in Germany such a
manufactured typewriter, A4 paper with a German watermark and all that
was found in the cells came from Germany.
Up until a week before the day of the kidnapping,
the plan was to kidnap Heineken and his driver Doderer once they left
the home of Heineken in Noordwijk. It turned out that Heineken had
changed his routine because every time the kidnappers were in
position, he did not show up at the house. The plans had to be
changed. The kidnappers decided to kidnap them at the office of
Heineken in Amsterdam.
After two weeks observing, the plans and escape
route were clear. On the evening of November 9, 1983 the four friends
got into position. When Heineken left his office and walked towards
his car, he was overpowered by Willem Holleeder and Cor van Hout. Ab
Doderer came to his aid, but was attacked by Frans Meijer. The three
kidnappers dragged the two men in the back of the van. Jan Boellaard
had the engine running and drove away with the back doors still open.
Heineken and Doderer were handcuffed in the back of
the van. They were forced to put a helmet on with the visor taped so
they could not see where they were going. Heineken knew immediately
what was going on and offered the men to write a cheque while they
were still in the van. The kidnappers didn’t respond to this offer.
A taxi driver had seen the struggle in front of the
office and followed the van through Amsterdam. They eventually arrived
at a bicycle tunnel, where the kidnappers had removed the poles
earlier. This is where they switched to two other cars. The van
blocked access for other cars which bought them extra time.
During the transition Willem Holleeder walked with
his gun drawn towards the taxi. The taxi driver backed out and fled.
The kidnappers continued their way to the western harbor area where
the shed with the cells was located. They didn't encountered any
police on their way. Heineken and Doderer got pajamas on and were
The two cells were hidden behind a wall in the
shed. The wall had a secret door, which was almost impossible to see.
Care took place outside working hours, because the shed was still
being used by construction workers. Because of disappointing
negotiations the abduction eventually lasted three weeks. Heineken and
Doderer were chained to the wall most of the day. They slept on a
mattress on the floor and had a chemical toilet at their disposal.
After 4 days, the kidnappers opened the doors of
both cells. This is when Heineken found out that not only he, but his
driver Ab Doderer was kidnapped as well. They were allowed to talk to
each other a few minutes a day, but the two men spent most of the
three weeks on their own.
The kidnappers and the police communicated by
letter, coded newspaper ads or they recorded Heineken or Doderer on
tapes which they used to give instructions by phone. The kidnappers
demanded a ransom of 200,000 Dutch, German, French and U.S. banknotes
with a total value of 35 million dutch guilders (22 million U.S.
The first attempt to transfer the ransom failed.
The kidnappers demanded that the car with the ransom was a white van
with two red crosses and left from a specific location. However, this
failed because the van could not leave from that location without the
press noticing. The second attempt was on November 28th.
The kidnappers demanded that the driver of the car
with the ransom was alone and not followed. The driver was led to a
chain of instructions. The kidnappers had buried these in plastic cups
earlier. On the way the driver was instructed to transfer with the
ransom to another car.
Eventually, at the top of an overpass, the agent
had to stop. Through a radio, he was instructed to slide the moneybags
down through a drainage channel. The kidnappers stood below the
overpass and loaded the ransom into a Mercedes Hanomag and drove away.
Earlier, in the woods near Zeist, they had buried several barrels in
the ground. This is where they hid the money.
After an anonymous tip a SWAT team invaded the shed
in the harbor area of Amsterdam on November 30th. At first they
thought that they were misled but when the police found out that there
was more behind the wall, they eventually found the secret door.
Heineken and Doderer were finally freed after 3 weeks of captivity.
According to the police, three of the five kidnappers were named in
the tip. The police never revealed any further information.
Jan Boellaard and Martin Erkamps were arrested soon
after the invasion of the shed. The other three kidnappers managed to
escape. Frans Meijer spent several weeks in Amsterdam, but turned
himself in on December 28th. Willem Holleeder and Cor van Hout fled to
Paris. They stayed in an apartment several months but were arrested by
the French police on February 29, 1984.
Since they were placed in one of the toughest
prisons in Europe, they wanted to be extradited to the Netherlands as
soon as possible. Their lawyers advised not to agree to the
extradition. There was no extradition treaty for detention and
extortion between France and the Netherlands at that time.
The two kidnappers could only be extradited based
on written death threats. After a long extradition procedure, the
Conseil d'État eventually ruled that France could not extradite or
judge the two men. As they were given a residence permit, they stayed
under house arrest in French hotels from December 6, 1985.
In February 1986, France wanted to transfer the
kidnappers to Guadeloupe. But once on the plane, it turned out that
from Guadeloupe they would fly to the Dutch side of Saint Martin. The
kidnappers refused to fly to Saint Martin, which eventually brought
them to Saint-Barthélemy. The population of this island revolted
because they didn’t want criminals to be transferred to their island.
The population got so angry that is wasn’t safe for
the kidnappers to stay on the island. They were transferred to the
French side of Saint Martin, but they faced the same problems with the
population here. At night they fled to Tintamarre. Tintamarre is an
uninhabited island in the Caribbean and is located about three
kilometers from Saint Martin. The next day they were brought back to
Guadeloupe and from there to Evry in France where they stayed in
The Netherlands asked for extradition again. As a
result, the French police arrested the two kidnappers, which brought
them back to the tough French prison. Van Hout and Holleeder decided
to resist the extradition no longer. In October 1986, almost two years
after the abduction, they were extradited to the Netherlands.
Martin Erkamps was sentenced to eight years in
prison in October 1984. Jan Boellaard was sentenced to 12 years in
prison. Van Hout and Holleeder were sentenced to 11 years in prison in
February 1987. Because the earlier extradition was withdrawn by
France, they could not be brought to trial for the indictment 'written
death threats'. This resulted in 1 year in prison less than Boellaard.
The time they had been held in France, and the time that they had
house arrest was deducted from their prison sentence.
Frans Meijer was given a psychiatric examination.
He escaped from the mental hospital on January 1, 1985. Without his
presence he was sentenced to 12 years in prison later that year. In
1994 he was found by crime reporter Peter R. de Vries in Paraguay.
Meijer had started a family here. In 1998 he was arrested in Paraguay
and 4 years later extradited to the Netherlands. After his release in
2005 he returned to Paraguay.
When the kidnappers were on the run, they took 15
million dutch guilders out of the barrels wich they had buried in the
woods. Three million each. About a week later, the police found the
buried barrels and the rest of the 35 million guilders. During the
hunt for the kidnappers, the house searches and arrests the police
confiscated 7 million guilders. Eight million has never been found.
The kidnappers told the police that Frans Meijer
had burned the money at the beach. However, there have been reports of
Thomas van der Bijl (Who was murdered in 2006) that 7 million was
buried in a forrest in Paris. According to Van der Bijl these millions
were used to purchase apartment buildings in Zaandam and brothels in
Alkmaar. Though what really happened with the money remains unclear.
Heineken rescued in raid by Police
By Jon Nordheimer - The New York Times
December 1, 1983
Amsterdam, Nov. 30 — Ten policemen raided an
unguarded warehouse here today 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 police later arrested 24 suspects, all Dutch
citizens related to each other by blood or marriage, and said they
were hunting for four others. The rescue of the two men, who were said
to be cold but in good health, came two days after a ransom payment
rumored to exceed $10 million was made on a road outside the central
Dutch city of Utrecht.
At least part of the ransom was reportedly
recovered in the homes of the suspects in Amsterdam, in suburban
Zwanenburg and in Helder, a port 50 miles to the north.
They Recuperate at Villa
Mr. Heineken, who is 60 years old, and his
chauffeur, Ab Doderer, 57, were wearing pajamas when rescued. They
were given clean clothing and taken to Mr. Heineken's villa in
Noordwijk, about 20 miles from here.
The two men were abducted by three hooded gunmen on
Nov. 9 outside the headquarters of the Heineken brewing company in the
center of the city soon after a luncheon Mr. Heineken had given for
policemen who foiled an attempt to extort millions from his brewery.
Mr. Heineken and Mr. Doderer were taken by panel truck to a west side
industrial section, an area of auto wrecking and carpentry shops and
The police had been watching the general area since
Nov. 16, when, they said, they received an anonymous telephone tip
suggesting that they pay attention to people operating the auto-
wrecking and carpentry businesses.
Suspicions that the two men might be held in the
area appeared to be confirmed on Sunday, the police said, when one of
the suspects ordered two meals to take out at a nearby Chinese
restaurant and carried them to the warehouse. The police said they
delayed raiding the warehouse out of concern for the men's safety,
then decided to move in this morning after the payment of the ransom
on Monday had brought no results.
The police said they entered the large warehouse,
built like a Quonset hut, at 5:30 A.M. and at first found nothing.
Then one of the raiders found evidence of a false wall.
Behind it were two concrete cells, one containing
Mr. Heineken and the other Mr. Doderer. The prisoners were handcuffed
and tethered to the walls by long chains that allowed them to move
about the small cells.
Each had a bed with blankets, bottles of drinking
water, a portable chemical toilet, newspapers and books. Their captors
bought food for them, the police said, from Chinese and other takeout
The warehouse was said to be operated by an
auto-wrecking and carpentry concern. The police said 3 of the 24
arrested suspects and the 4 who were being sought were directors of
Junked cars were piled high on open lots covering
several acres adjoining the warehouse and several others like it in
the area. The warehouse is on a waterway to the main ship canal
connecting Amsterdam and the North Sea.
Heineken Bolstered Business
The rescue ended 21 days of concern for the Dutch
brewer, one of the wealthiest men in Europe, and his chauffeur.
Mr. Heineken was instrumental in building up a
family business founded by his grandfather into one of the world's
largest exporters of beer. The beer, in its green bottles, accounts
for about 40 percent of the beer imported by the United States.
The beer was sold on a limited scale in the United
States before World War II, but sales did not begin to climb until Mr.
Heineken, then a young man just starting in the family business, went
to New York after the war and walked the streets of Manhattan showing
samples of his product to bartenders.
In 1960, Heineken hit a milestone by selling a
million cases in the United States. Last year, 29 million cases were
Mr. Heineken is married to the former Lucille
Cummins, the daughter of a whisky-making family in Kentucky.
The couple owns homes in Paris, Cap d'Antibes and
St. Moritz and has an extensive art collection, including many
Picassos. They are friends of the Dutch royal family.
Mr. Heineken's fortune is estimated to be $500
million, most of it in shares in Heineken NV, the holding company that
includes Heineken and Amstel Beers.
Maneuvers With the Ransom
A news blackout had been imposed on the case from
the start, and the police had little to go on except a demand for
ransom contained in a note dropped on the steps of police headquarters
at The Hague the night of the kidnapping.
Investigators said today that instructions for
delivery of the ransom were made by telephone on the fourth day of the
abduction, but they could not be carried out because Dutch reporters
had staked out the Heineken house and were likely to interfere with
efforts to carry out the kidnappers' instructions.
New contacts were established, and after the
kidnappers provided photographic proof that Mr. Heineken and his
driver were alive, the ransom, consisting of Dutch, West German,
United States and French currencies, was delivered Monday.
A lone driver carried the ransom package over a
120-mile route that covered most of this small nation before he was
given final instructions for the dropoff over a walkie talkie. He was
directed to Utrecht, the investigators said, then went to an overpass
and put the ransom into a drain that emptied into the road below.
Time's up for man who kidnapped boss of Heineken
Andrew Osborn - TheGuardian.com
May 25, 2001
The Ronnie Biggs of the Dutch underworld who
escaped to South America 18 years ago after holding the beer magnate
Alfred Heineken to ransom for £8m is finally to be extradited to the
Netherlands to serve out his 12-year sentence.
Franz Meijer, 46, has topped the country's
most-wanted list since 1983 when he kidnapped Mr Heineken, the
Netherlands' richest businessman and grandson of the original founder
of Heineken breweries.
Meijer and four others abducted the beer boss in
broad daylight in an Amsterdam street and held him and his chauffeur
hostage at gunpoint for three weeks in an abandoned warehouse.
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.
Meijer escaped from custody in Amsterdam in 1985
and resurfaced in Paraguay a decade later, married with three
children, the owner of a downmarket restaurant.
The infamous kidnapper's whereabouts was discovered
when a Dutch journalist, Peter de Vries, tracked him down and
confronted him outside his eaterie.
The villain, who claims to be a zealous churchgoer,
was speechless for a few moments before recovering to say: "It is
God's will that you are here. I have been betrayed, I knew this would
happen one day."
But Meijer, who changed his first name to Francisco
to cover his tracks, has not had to endure a hand-to-mouth existence
in the meantime. He escaped from Amsterdam with more than £2.5m in
ransom money and has allegedly tried to buy his way out of trouble in
the past by offering to bribe the head of Interpol in Paraguay.
He is also alleged still to be pulling the strings
of many of the Netherlands' underworld figures and the Dutch police
suspect he has had a decisive hand in most of the country's unsolved
crimes in the past 18 years.
Unlike Biggs, Meijer will not be coming back home
of his own accord. He can expect to walk straight off a plane into a
prison cell where he will continue his sentence for his pivotal role
in the crime.
Attempts to extradite him have been held up by red
tape and not helped by the fact that Meijer has been able to hire top
lawyers to fight his corner.
The Paraguayan police first arrested him in 1995
only to have to let him go soon afterwards when a judge ruled that the
proper arrest procedures had not been followed.
He was arrested again in January 1998 and has since
fought tooth and nail to avoid extradition but has now exhausted every
possible avenue of appeal.
A Paraguayan appeal court upheld the Dutch
extradition order earlier this week and ruled that Meijer should
return home to serve his sentence, a decision which observers believe
he will now be forced to accept.
Only a last-minute ruling in his favour from the
country's supreme court could quash the extradition order and there is
no indication that any such move is under way.
Ever since November 9 1983, the date of the kidnap,
Alfred Heineken has insisted on being accompanied by two private
bodyguards at all times.
But even now it would seem that at least one of the
kidnappers is reluctant to leave the 77-year-old president of the
Heineken board of directors in peace. Media sources told the Guardian
yesterday that he was occasionally followed and abused by one of the
original five, Cor van Hout, who has served his prison sentence.
January 5, 2002
Freddy Heineken, the
flamboyant Dutch brewer who has died aged 78, secretly bought back his
family firm on the stock exchange in 1954 and proceeded to turn it
into a household name around much of the world.
Few thought that Heineken produced the world's
finest lager - connoisseurs of Pilsner have long considered the Dutch
brew insipid - but Freddy Heineken had a singular talent for
marketing. His clever green packaging and imaginative use of
advertising - which featured such slogans as "Heineken refreshes the
parts other beers cannot reach" - ensured that Heineken became a
hugely popular brand. By 1989, it was the third largest brewer in the
world, and in guilders or dollars, Freddy Heineken could count himself
Alfred Henry Heineken was born on November 4,
1923 in Amsterdam. The family brewery traced its roots back to 1592
when a brewing company called the Haystack was founded. In 1864, it
was bought by Alfred's grandfather, Gerard Adriaan Heineken, who used
a revolutionary brewing process that had been developed at Pilsen
using a virile yeast from a student of Louis Pasteur - the same yeast
strain that is used by Heineken today. Within 11 years the flavourful
lager had garnered an international prize in Paris.
By the end of the 19th century, Heineken was being
exported to France and the Dutch East Indies, and when Prohibition
came to an end in 1933, Heineken became the first foreign beer allowed
Freddy's father, Henry Pierre, who had a weakness
for alcohol, ran the company from 1914 until 1940, but then sold the
family's stake in 1942. Young Freddy had meanwhile attended Kennemer
Lyceum, before going on to further study in America.
While there, he wrote his father a prophetic
letter:"I have my mind set on restoring the majority of shares in
Heineken into the hands of the family," he reported. "It's not my plan
to become very rich . . . but it is a matter of pride that any
children I might have can inherit a stake in Heineken, like I did from
my father and you inherited from your father."
At 18 he joined Heineken, shortly before his family
stake was sold, beginning his career carrying sacks of barley. He
later worked in the sales office in New York, where he became much
impressed by the advertising on Madison Avenue. He also met his future
wife, the daughter of a Kentucky bourbon distiller.
He succeeded his father as a member of the brewer's
supervisory board in 1951, and after borrowing money, secretly bought
back a controlling stake in Heineken in 1954. He was officially
appointed to the Heineken executive board 10 years later, at which
point he took charge of the financial side, as well as often taking
personal control of the advertising campaigns. He became chairman of
the Heineken holding company in 1979.
Freddy Heineken brimmed over with ideas, including
one to build an underground railway system under Amsterdam's canals.
However, his enthusiasm let him down when he came up with the square
"World Bottle", which he claimed could then be used as a brick to help
solve environmental pollution and help solve housing shortages in
A cultured man, keen on music, film and
architecture, he also earned a reputation as a bon vivant, with a
penchant for private jets and fast cars. He was encouraged to keep a
lower profile, however, after a kidnapping ordeal in 1983. Heineken,
who had long lived in fear of such an incident, was grabbed with his
chauffeur by three masked men outside the brewery's main office in
Amsterdam. They were bundled into a minibus which escaped at high
speed down a cycle path.
For 21 days they were held separately in the
unheated cells of a deserted timber factory where their only human
contact was a man in a balaclava who brought them coffee and bread in
the morning and a meal in the evening. A reported £9 million was
When they were rescued by police, who also
retrieved some of the money, Heineken announced that he had never been
so glad to see 11 policemen all at once. Two men were later jailed for
nine and 12 years, and eight per cent of the money was retrieved.
Heineken thereafter became something of a recluse.
He was often asked whether he planned to write an autobiography
detailing the inside story of his life; he would reply that he would
consider such a project only when he started to experience unwelcome
attention from creditors - his way of saying "never".
In 1996 a Dutch writer, Barbara Smit, attempted to
do the job for him, publishing a book called Heineken, A Life in the
Brewery. For nine months she studied the history of his empire, and
met Heineken himself for the first time in September 1994.
"As things turned out", she recalled, "the
introduction was very frosty indeed. Freddy was standing in a group of
foreign media correspondents in the reception of the closed-down
Heineken brewery on the Stadshouderskade in Amsterdam when he greeted
me in his blunt, despotic style: 'We'll meet again in court', he
"What happened the next moment was characteristic
of Freddy. I was immediately invited 'for tea' at the Pentagon, his
private office on the Weteringplantsoen. On the telephone the
following morning, he said he would drop some drugs into my teacup and
then undress me; but when I arrived on the day appointed, he proudly
showed me around the building."
In the course of this tour, Heineken took Miss Smit
to the bedroom suite at the back of his office, which boasted a four
-poster bed, a shamrock-shaped jacuzzi, and a painting on the wall of
a naked woman stroking a cat - the picture bore the crass title, The
Woman With Two Pussies.
The writer met Heineken on five occasions, with the
meetings lasting up to four hours. "Sometimes he clearly sought to
impress me," she observed, "by conducting in my presence, for example,
an utterly informal telephone conversation with Queen Beatrix on his
Miss Smit said that Heineken was often charming,
even helpful - but that when she insisted that her book would be her
own, and that he would have no part in the final editing process,
"Freddy turned nasty". She concluded that this exhibited "the darkest
part of Freddy Heineken's character - an unsettling symptom of power
In the event, Heineken's public opposition to Miss
Smit's book caused a number of important sources to refuse to
cooperate with her. Some went so far as to tell Smit: "Freddy will
Freddy Heineken is survived by his wife Martha
Lucille (nee Cummins) and his daughter Charlene, who takes over the