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Putten Murder Case

Lucia de Berk

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Deventer murder case

Nicky Verstappen

In 2000 Nienke Kleiss was murdered in the Beatrix park from Schiedam. The suspect called the police for finding a body.

An under-age witness was abused during police interrogation in order to provide incriminating evidence.

The suspect has falsely confessed to committing the crime, but has recanted such confession. 

He was sentenced in 2002 to 18 years’ imprisonment and mandatory psychiatric treatment. 

In 2004 it became apparent that Wik H. was the real culprit. DNA evidence also cleared Borsboom.

His jail time was interrupted and eventually he was partially rehabilitated, though not declared innocent.

As a result of the scandal, Commission Posthumus was created in order to review possible wrongful convictions.


The Schiedammer murder case was a high-profile criminal case in the Netherlands that involved the wrongful conviction of two men for the rape and murder of a 10-year-old girl named Nienke Kleiss in Schiedam in 2000. The key points about the case include:

  1. The crime: In June 2000, Nienke Kleiss was found dead in a park in Schiedam. She had been sexually assaulted and suffocated. The police investigation led to the arrest and conviction of a man named Cees B. who was sentenced to 18 years in prison in 2003.

  2. The evidence: The main evidence against Cees B. was a confession that he gave to the police after a lengthy interrogation. However, this confession was later found to be false, and the other evidence against him was circumstantial at best. There was no DNA evidence linking him to the crime scene, and several pieces of physical evidence that did exist were not properly analyzed.

  3. The wrongful conviction: In 2005, a man named Wik H. was arrested for a similar crime and his DNA was found to match the DNA found on Nienke Kleiss. He eventually confessed to her murder and was sentenced to life in prison in 2007. Cees B. was released from prison in 2006, after spending three years behind bars for a crime he did not commit.

  4. The aftermath: The wrongful conviction of Cees B. led to a public outcry and a review of the Dutch criminal justice system. It also led to changes in police interrogation techniques and the introduction of new rules for handling DNA evidence. Cees B. was eventually compensated for his wrongful conviction.

Overall, the Schiedammer murder case highlights the dangers of relying too heavily on confessions and circumstantial evidence in criminal investigations. It also underscores the importance of proper forensic analysis and the need for reforms to prevent future wrongful convictions.

1 Archief film: De Schiedammer Parkmoord.


10 dec. 2012

Bij de Schiedammer parkmoord werd er door het Openbaar Ministerie geknoeid met DNA bewijsmateriaal. Telkens als bezuinigingen dwingen ministeries overbodig te maken worden plotseling allerlei langslepende ( moord ) zaken opgelost via “onomstotelijk” “bewijsmateriaal”.

BRON: NCRV / Netwerk en de Sociale Databank Nederland.




2 Peter R de Vries 2003 afl 06 01 mei Twijfels over de juistheid veroordeling kindermoordenaar nl gesproken 

24 mei 2012

3 Peter R. de Vries Fragment Schiedammer Parkmoord (2003)

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3 mei 2021

Fragment zat als ”bijzaak” in langere reportage. Losgeknipt voor betere vindbaarheid.

4 Kees B. en het leven na de Schiedammer Parkmoord

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22 jan. 2014

Kees Borsboom, die ten onrechte was veroordeeld voor de Schiedammer Parkmoord, heeft een boek geschreven over zijn leven. “Bij justitie zijn ze corrupt. Daar ben ik van overtuigd.”
Lees meer: Kees B. en het leven na de Schiedammer Parkmoord

5 Slachtoffer Schiedammer parkmoord herdacht

22 jun. 2010

In Schiedam wordt dinsdag herdacht dat tien jaar geleden Nienke Kleiss werd vermoord in het Beatrixpark. In het Theater aan de Schie wordt een muziekstuk opgevoerd, dat de moeder van Nienke, Yolande Kleiss, voor deze gelegenheid heeft laten componeren.

Here are the key points about The Schiedammer murder case:

  1. The crime: In 1999, a 10-year-old girl named Nienke Kleiss was kidnapped, raped, and murdered in the Dutch town of Schiedam. Her body was found in a park near her home.

  2. The investigation: Police arrested a suspect named Cees B. who had a criminal record for sexual offenses. He initially denied involvement but later confessed to the crime under police interrogation. The confession was later retracted.

  3. The trial: In 2003, Cees B. was convicted of the kidnapping, rape, and murder of Nienke Kleiss and sentenced to life in prison. The main evidence against him was his confession, which was supported by circumstantial evidence.

  4. The wrongful conviction: In 2006, new DNA evidence was found that proved Cees B. was not the perpetrator of the crime. He was released from prison and compensated for his wrongful conviction. The true perpetrator, Jos de G., was later identified through DNA evidence and sentenced to life in prison.

  5. The aftermath: The Schiedammer murder case led to a review of the Dutch criminal justice system and changes to police interrogation techniques. It also highlighted the importance of DNA evidence in criminal investigations.

Overall, the Schiedammer murder case is a tragic example of how a rush to judgment and reliance on circumstantial evidence can lead to wrongful convictions. It underscores the importance of careful and thorough investigations, and the need for reforms to prevent such miscarriages of justice in the future.

6 Herinneringen aan Nienke

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6 apr. 2010

Jan Willem de Boer praat met Yolande Kleiss, de moeder van de in 2000 vermoorde Nienke over het boek dat zij over haar dochter heeft geschreven. Oorspronkelijke uitzending: 10 december 2003

7 Presumed Innocent: The Myth, The Mantra and Messiah | Deirdre Enright | TEDxCharlottesville

17 dec. 2015

Deirdre Enright is a Professor of Law at the University of Virginia and the Director of Investigations at UVA’s Innocence Project. She takes us through the details of the arrest and questionable conviction of Messiah Johnson for armed robbery in 2000 who is still in prison. Deirdre’s examination of this case reveals the flaws in our legal justice system and challenges the assumption of the term “and justice for all”.
Deirdre Enright is director of investigation for the Law School’s Innocence Project Clinic. Enright previously worked at the Virginia Capital Representation Resource Center, where she represented clients and consulted on cases in all stages of capital litigation, with primary focus on federal and state post-conviction proceedings and Supreme Court certiorari review. After graduating from the University of Virginia Law School in 1992, Enright worked as a staff attorney at the Mississippi Capital Defense Resource Center.
This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

8 Candid Camera Classic: Photo Switch

20 mrt. 2017

Customers at a photo studio discover that strangers have been added to their family portraits.
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Putten Murder Case

Lucia de Berk

Ina Post

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Deventer murder case

Nicky Verstappen