The famous Dutch crime journalist, Peter R. de Vries was shot last Tuesday after leaving a TV studio in Amsterdam. He was hit in the head but rushed to hospital while police made arrests.
For more than a week, De Vries fought for his life in hospital. However, his family announced his passing earlier today, reports RTL Nieuws.
Career and fame
De Vries started his career as a reporter for the Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf. He continued to work there until publishing his book ‘The Kidnapping of Alfred Heineken’ in 1987. In the book, he described the famous kidnapping from the point of view of Cor van Hout, one of the kidnappers who De Vries had befriended.
In 1987, de Vries left the newspaper for a position as Editor-in-Chief of the magazine Actueel. Later his focus shifted more towards television, later creating the tv-show ‘Crime Time’ together with Dutch television presenter Jaap Jongbloed.
His real breakthrough in the public eye came in 1995 when he launched the show ‘Peter R. de Vries, crime reporter.’ For almost 17 years, Dutchies followed De Vries as he investigated, exposed, and defended criminals on screen.
One of perhaps the most internationally known criminals that De Vries interacted with during his career is Joran van der Sloot. De Vries invested van der Sloot’s role in the 2005 kidnapping of Natalee Holloway of which he’s the main suspect. Currently, Van der Sloot is serving his sentence in a Peruvian prison after killing Stephany Flores Ramírez in Lima in 2010.
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