Family found hiding in cellar: not known how the man is related to the children

Did you hear of the family who was found hidden in a cellar in Ruinerwold? It was one 58-year-old man and six children between the ages of 18 and 25. They were waiting for the end of the world and were living in complete isolation for nine years.

It was the most shocking news that we’ve heard in years and is a very strange thing to happen in the Netherlands.They found out about the family when the eldest son of 25-years-old went to the nearby town, according to NOS.

Family found in cellar in the Netherlands: it is unclear how the man is related to the children

But apparently, recent news has revealed that the man who reports claimed to be the father of the six children is not, in fact, their father. Roger de Groot, the mayor of Ruinerwold, contradicted what was said earlier by saying that he is a part of the family, but it unclear in what way, reports NOS. He was found on a bed in the cellar and seemed to have suffered from a stroke.

Family found in a cellar in the Netherlands: how long were they living there for?

The family has been hiding away in the cellar of their farmhouse for nine years, and were waiting around for the ‘end of the world’. But we still don’t know why they thought that, what kind of apocalypse they were waiting for, and how they could possibly live in isolation for so long.

The family is thought to have had a mother as well, but police suspect that she is buried somewhere in the area. The “family” has remained self-sufficient by maintaining a vegetable garden and a goat.

Kinda feels like it’s reminiscent of the show Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, doesn’t it?

The investigation is still ongoing. More information will be revealed as soon as the Mayor and the police find out what was happening with the “family” they found and how they found themselves in the situation.

Feature image: Willemjans/Wikimedia Commons

Kavana Desai
Coping with the aftermath of her 3-year stint in the Netherlands, Kavana is a writer, content creator and editor for DutchReview. Hailing from India, she frequently blogs about the Netherlands, being Indian in the Netherlands, and everything in between. She envisions herself to one day be the youngest person to win that Nobel Prize for Literature (she is also not very humble but welcomes only constructive criticism). In the meantime, she fills her days with writing for DutchReview, writing her master's thesis on art theft, and writing fiction that will hopefully see the light of day soon.


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