WEDNESDAY, MINCE DAY
SELLING THOUSANDS OF COPIES ON ITS RELEASE IN 2007, SOME BOOKSTORES REFUSED TO STOCK IT
A few years after his release in 2003 ( he served barely half of his seven- year sentence),
Klinkhamer received an offer of publication from indie outfit Just Publishers. The book, in its final form, was still hugely controversial, even without the original ‘ 7 ways to kill your wife’ angle. A diatribe as much as a memoir, it served multiple purposes, including a settling of accounts against those who wronged and slighted him in numerous ways. It also featured satirical aspects and philosophical ruminations, projecting the author’s intellectual haughtiness and warped musings, in peculiar lines such as, “For an aesthete like me, it should be permissible to shoot without a hunting licence on every sinner.” The writer continued,
“Every successful shot would be a hygienic act, a blessing for the environment, a humane gesture.”
It sold between 8,000 and 10,000 copies, the
Dutch public and press hungry for the details of the murder and an explanation. But some bookstores, such as AKO, refused to stock the book, citing their unease in allowing a convicted killer to profit from his criminal deeds. Critical and audience reaction was mixed, but its uniqueness as a text is undoubtedly assured.