INSIDE KLINKHAMER’S MIND
WHAT WAS RICHARD KLINKHAMER LIKE IN PERSON? REAL CRIME TALKS TO A MAN WHO KNEW HIM: HIS BIOGRAPHER
What provoked your interest in Klinkhamer?
I’ve always been interested in literature and crime, but it’s seldom they meet in such a remarkable way. It triggered something in me and immediately I saw it as an interesting way to combine my two interests. It’s a unique case, where the perpetrator is also an intelligent man with the capacity for self- reflection.
What kind of book is Wednesday, Mince Day? Novel, memoir, confessional?
It’s a bit difficult to pin down. It’s kind of a memoir, confession… but the book has a strange history. He worked on it in 1992 and 1993, writing different versions, but until he was arrested he couldn’t really write down the truth, or his truth. He couldn’t get too deep. After he was arrested, he rewrote it and it became more truthful. One aspect is a satirical aspect, where he makes fun of people, and the other aspect is his confession… and somewhat an expression of guilt and remorse, but not directly. He lets the reader know he feels guilty and feels remorse, but he doesn’t want to make a big deal about it. He always thought it was [ a private matter] between him and his wife. People always asked him if he felt remorse, and he always said something like, “It’s between me and my wife, and I don’t want to get on my knees before you, in public.”
What was he like in person? Did you get different sides of his personality or just his tough guy persona?
In the beginning, it was mostly the persona. I think when he met new people, he tested them. He was rude and tried to probe you… to test if you were worthy of his company. When he thought you were OK, he acted differently, and you could have a normal conversation.