Theo Van Gogh


I took the photo of the exact place where Theo Van Gogh was murdered.

theo's homicide scene

Chief Prosecutor: Murderer of van Gogh Had Accomplices

Frits van Straelen, the Chief Prosecutor in charge of investigating the murder of Theo van Gogh in November 2004, says that the murderer, Mohamed Bouyeri, could not have acted by himself.  Van Straelen stated that there are indications that Bouyeri’s accomplices had followed van Gogh to see where he went and provided Bouyeri with the murder weapon.

Bouyeri must also have been financially subsidized because he no longer received Social Security after May 2004.  Van Straelen added that the mistakes made by the General Intelligence Service, AIVD, have hampered the investigation. The CTIVD, the supervisory body of the AIVD, has concluded that the AIVD has neglected to share its information with regional police units and intelligence services.


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  1. I recall reading about this at in 2004 just as it happened. An eyewitness and commenter at posted details immediately after it happened:

    November 2, 2004 at 6:55 am

    The assasination happened around the corner from where I live in Amsterdam Oost. I arrived on the scene five minutes after they killed Theo, as I was on my way to buy some bread with my two year old. I saw his body, with the knives still in it, covered with white linnen. Like this:

    I informed Jihadwatch within the hour.

    I knew Theo very well. He was the nicest guy. I worked with him at a radiostation, ten years ago. He lived around the corner, and never wanted to be surrounded by body guards, like Hirsi Ali and Wilders.
    The police took his son out of the class room this morning to tell his father is dead. God bless Lieuwe.

    Politicians now talk about societal problems, and that society is getting more violent. Off course, they don’t talk about a war that is going on for 1400 years.

    The guy who did it was wearing a djallaba, and has a long beard. After he shot Theo seven times, Theo was stabbed. On the knive a letter, or holy scriptures.

    Every year 30.000 muslim immigrants arrive in my country.

    God bless professor Fortuyn.

    God bless Theo van Gogh.

    The jihadist tried to cut of Theo’s head! Amsterdam Daily Het Parool is reporting now. Then he pulled a smaller knive.
    Again: a text was attached to the knive.

    This happened after Theo was shot several times, maybe with an automatic gun. The gunner started shooting when Theo was still on the other side of the street.
    This all happened at nine o’clock in the morning.
    People were passing by on their way to work on their bike. Or dropping off their kids.
    I was on my way to buy bread with my 2 year old.
    I am still shaking.

    De schutter trok volgens ooggetuigen daarna een groot mes en sneed Van Gogh de keel door. Vervolgens stak hij een kleiner mes in zijn borst. Aan dat mes zat volgens meerdere ooggetuigen een briefje.
    Here is a poster, that was published by an muslim website. It reads: “When is it Theo’s turn?” The symbol indicates they are not talking about a dinner party.

    The text on top of the page (Insha Allah ruimt Allah deze letterlijke en figuurlijke zwijn snel op! Salaam o aliekoem) is translated into: Allah willing will Allah kill this pig. Salaam O Aliekoem.

    Also on this page: Theo’s last newspaper column in which he attacked mayor Job Cohen for supporting Abou Jahjah, the former Hezbullah turned into AEL leader.

    At this very moment: Theo’s body is taken away. It’s around the corner, so I’m gonna check it out.


    (And, America, please, win one for the Gipper, DUTCH Reagan. Theo was a friend of America, always telling how he saw this country as a beacon of hope. “If I were younger I would have moved to the US”, he said often. America, do it for Theo: Vote conservative!)

    At the time, I had just begun reading about Islam at JihadWatch a couple months earlier. The information provided at that site by Robert Spencer and Hugh Fitzgerald (as well as commenters who eventually led me to blogs like this) put puzzle pieces together and made it much easier to recognize the troubling trends facing the globe.
    This event cemented my concerns about Islam. Below in the next comment I have pasted yet another post to that thread in 2004, by none other than “Hugh Fitzgerald”. Note the timelessness of his wisdom . . .

  2. Hugh
    November 2, 2004 at 4:43 pm

    One begins to feel, at this thread, the whiff of the 1930s. Perhaps it is the anguished report sent a few minutes after the murder Jihadwatch by “Martin from Amsterdam.” One involuntarily is reminded of “Address Unknown”(Adressat Unbekannt) by Kressmann Taylor, a short but important book in shaping American public opinion before and during the war, like John Roy Carlson’s “Under Cover.” Though in “Address Unknown” the name “Martin” is not that of the avenging hero (“Max”), but of the Nazi villain upon whom vengeance is wreaked, I am sure the involuntarily evocation will be understood, not least by “Martin from Amsterdam” in Holland, now under steady siege.

    In all of this, the Nazis and the Communists, the street violence, and the agitation, the Brownshirts of Roehm, the Balilla of Mussolini, the agitated and crazed atmosphere, from the kidnapping of General Miller by the Reds, to Willi Munzenberg and the Comintern, to Ernst Roehm, and the Night of the Long Knives, and all the propaganda put out by Goebbels, including the Prussian Junkers sent abroad to allay any fears of their fellow classmates in pre-war Oxford or Harvard — all of this is somehow summoned up.

    But there are major differences. First, this time the carriers of the crazed belief-system, can hide behind its shapeshifting qualty — and call it merely a “religion” and pretend that it is only a “handful of extremists” who are the problem. And second, and still more unfortunate, is the failure to maintain standards in the teaching of history and literature in the Western world, which in turn means that few young people possess the knowledge, or have had training in the use of words, or in the exercise of their imagination, that close study of literary texts can sometimes provide, and that would do much to help in the right formulation of policy. Third, and most worrisome, is that many Believers in this hostile belief-system have alreeady been admitted, to live, deep behind our own, our Infidel lines — and we, the Infidels, and those whose duty it is to instruct us, mostly refuse to see things as they are and to grasp at straws, and substitute wishes for reality. It is not the likes of Gilles Kepel who can help us, but Ali Sina, Ibn Warraq, Bat Ye’or, and some of those right here at Jihadwatch.

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