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Anthonyke, you’re a great kid.’ The sentence is carved in the collective memory of Flanders. Spoken by a desperate mother that her son of eleven through the tv there. That son …

Anthonyke, you’re a great kid.’ The sentence is carved in the collective memory of Flanders. Spoken by a desperate mother that her son of eleven through the tv there. That son, Anthony De Clerck, was on 4 February 1992, kidnapped by ‘topgangster’ Danny Vanhamel and his gang. Anthony would be a total of 32 days locked up to stay in the chalet of the gang in the Ardennes he was released in exchange for ransom.

The Clerck did not want to participate in the reality-documentary Ex-gangster who Four devoted to his kidnapper Danny Vanhamel. Forgotten is a human right.

Vanhamel itself, by contrast, testifies in the first episode, but all to like about a series of armed robberies that he committed.

Vanhamel is doing everything to make the viewer believe that he really is who he is in the depths of his mind: a topgangster. Anecdote after anecdote rolled out of his mouth, story after story.

‘The alibi’s I came up with for my raids, were gems. That has even the judge admitted it. I worked outside on my house, until I was sure my neighbor had told me seen. Then I went quickly to the rear, the other gang members came to fetch me with a fast car. An hour later we had a cash in transit robbery and I was back to my house to work. And again, I made sure my neighbor had told me to.”

In trauma for the geldkoeriers that he raided, believe Vanhamel not. “Oh trauma. Let’s not blow up. There are already people who have trauma to have the stroomfactuur from the letterbox.’

Vanhamel was thirteen years in prison for the kidnapping of The Clerk. After his release, he stepped out of the crime. But, apparently, goes not everyone is him today, a quiet life, to witness his villa, which last year burned down in unclear circumstances. It provides fantastic aerial shots, but the why remains a mystery.

The feeling that remains is that of a wronged Vanhamel that the irresistible urge to feel in order to convince the viewer that he is not the Guust Flater is that the media of him. During the kidnapping of Anthony made Vanhamel and co. so many errors that it was clear that no one other than he is behind the kidnapping could sit. It all began for the kidnapping. Vanhamel and co. first wanted to the daughter of Dutch businessman Leon Melchior kidnap, but names by mistake his secretary. They saw their mistake only upon arrival in the chalet in the Ardennes. Also the kidnapping of Anthony turned out to be a series of almost koldereske errors.

With The gang Haemers made Boeckx at relevant tv. Ex-gangster is for the time being not much more than entertaining tv. It seems even more on that another creation of Boeckx, the uitlach-screen tv The sky is The limit. Curious or otherwise in episode 2, as Vanhamel tells about the kidnapping of The Clerk.

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