WED­NES­DAY, MINCE DAY

SELL­ING THOU­SANDS OF COPIES ON ITS RE­LEASE IN 2007, SOME BOOK­STORES RE­FUSED TO STOCK IT

Real Crime - - 7 Ways To Kill Your Wife -

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.

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