Killed his wife and wrote a novel about it: 7 facts about the Sinister Richard KlinkhammerBy Pictolic https://pictolic.com/en/article/killed-his-wife-and-wrote-a-novel-about-it-7-facts-about-the-sinister-richard-klinkhammer
Dutch writer Richard Klinkhammer (Richard Klinkhamer) wrote only a few novels in his entire life, but despite this, he achieved world fame. But not because of literary talent. The man became famous due to the fact that he killed his wife and described in detail all the details of the crime in the book.
Below we have listed seven interesting and creepy facts about this man. We advise all fans of detectives and criminal stories to familiarize themselves with them.
Richard Klinkhammer was married to his half-sister
Richard Klinkhammer and his wife Leontine van Emmerik lived in harmony and love until the writer's half-sister Hanni decided to destroy this harmony. The girl was in love with her brother from the age of 13, so when she turned 19, she confessed her feelings to Richard without any remorse and started an affair with him.
When Richard's wife found out about this, they tried to live as a "Swedish family", but Leontine did not have enough for a long time. Eventually, the writer divorced and married his sister.
In his second marriage , Klinkhammer began writing books about murder
When Klinkhammer got married for the second time, his writing talent "woke up" in him. The man wrote the novel "Submissive as a dog", in which he told about his service in the Foreign Legion. According to Richard, quoted in the book, it was there that he mastered the "art" of murder and learned how to get rid of corpses.
Later, the writer published the collection "The Hotel Thief and other stories". Klinkhammer's works were particularly cruel, were dark and bloody, but brought the author a good income.
Klinkhammer liked to dig holes in the yard
Richard Klinkhammer was a big fan of beer — he always kept several boxes of intoxicating drink at home. But the way the bottles were stored surprised even his friends.
The writer dug holes in the yard and loaded crates of beer into them. Some of the pits were so wide and deep that a human body could easily be placed there.
By the way, Richard's alcoholism quite often became a reason for quarrels with Hanni. In addition, the couple often quarreled because of money problems. Eyewitnesses claimed that the woman often appeared on the street with bruises.
Klinkhammer killed Hanni and wrote a book about it
During one of the quarrels, Hanni got very angry and tried to kick Richard out of the house. The woman even grabbed a crowbar to threaten her husband, but soon regretted this decision. The husband snatched the crowbar from her hands and began to beat her. This continued until she passed away.
After that, the writer threw his wife's body into one of the pits, covered it with a layer of dirt and compost, and poured concrete on top. How did this become known? He himself described all the details of the murder in the book "Wednesday, Mince Day". The publishers refused to release this book because they considered it "too creepy".
Klinkhammer was suspected of murder, but could not be arrested
A week after he brutally murdered his wife, Richard went to the police and reported her missing. Since all the neighbors were aware of the situation in their family, suspicion quickly fell on Richard. The police questioned him, examined the house where the couple lived and the surrounding area, talked to possible eyewitnesses, but it was not possible to prove Richard's involvement in the disappearance of his wife.
Hanni's body was found by the new owners of the house
The house where Richard and Hanni lived
In 1997, Klinkhammer officially became a widower, as his missing wife was declared dead. Three years later, the man sold the house and moved to Amsterdam. At that time, he had a new girlfriend, and his creepy novel "Wednesday, Mince Day" accidentally surfaced in an underground editorial office, making him a celebrity. But, as you know, evil does not go unpunished. The new owners of the house wanted to build a playground in the backyard, demolished the old barn and came across a skeleton buried there.
The examination confirmed that this is the body of Richard's missing wife, Hanni. Klinkhammer confessed to the murder.
In 2016, Klinkhammer committed suicide
Clickhammer after being released from prison
After Hanni's body was found, 68-year-old Richard Klinkhammer went to jail. For the murder of his wife, a man was sentenced to seven years in prison, but in 2003 he was released for good behavior.
After leaving prison, Klickhammer lived for another 13 years, and in 2016 committed suicide. The book "Wednesday, the day of stuffing" has remained his most famous and most sinister work.