Iris van den Hooff’s suicide seems less likely following autopsy

A short while back René Diekstra argued that for any death where suicide is suspected but a small amount of doubt might exist, a forensic autopsy would be useful in determining cause of death. He explicitly argued that cause of death (homicide, suicide, accident, or natural causes) cannot be determined by method of dying (e.g. …

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Charges pressed against senior police officer in Talitha’s ‘suicide’

A short while ago I wrote a piece about the suspicious "suicide" of Talitha. Today, Wednesday, November 19th, the saga continues. According to a news report the lawyer of Talitha's family, Sébas Diekstra, has pressed charges against a senior police officer. Near the body of Talitha the police found a note. According to the senior …

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Saint Nicolas and Black Petes are back with a vengeance

A while back I wrote a piece about the Dutch children's tradition of celebrating Saint Nicolas and his helper Black Pete. About the latter one, Black Pete, a rather violent discussion is currently raging in the Netherlands. About a year ago the latest discussion ensued. It even went up as far the UN. One Dutch …

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Doubt about another ‘suicide’ in the Netherlands

There are moments when you go through your regular breakfast of news feeds that you see an article that looks too familiar. Too familiar as in "I've seen such type of news before". You are not shocked per se, but you are disappointed to read about it ... again. Then you realize another family is …

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