Gerrit Jan Heijn

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Gerrit Jan Heijn

Gerrit Jan Heijn (14 February 1931, Zaandam – 9 September 1987) was a Dutch businessman, who was a top manager of Ahold until his death in 1987.[1] His grandfather was Albert Heijn, who founded the family business, and his older brother was also named Albert Heijn, who was the founder of Ahold. His son, Ronald Jan Heijn, played for the Dutch national field hockey team.

On 9 September 1987, he was kidnapped near his villa in Bloemendaal, Netherlands by Ferdi Elsas. Although Elsas murdered him only a few hours after the kidnapping, he pretended that Heijn was still alive for a long time and asked for ransom. He sent the Heijn family Gerrit Jan's glasses and severed little finger. Elsas was caught when he started spending banknotes of the ransom he received, of which the numbers had been recorded. He served a prison sentence and was freed in 2001. Elsas gave directions to Heijn's body, which was buried in the woods near Renkum. Gerrit Jan Heijn was cremated on 9 April 1988 in Driehuis. Elsas was killed on 3 August 2009 in an accident when he was struck by an excavator while riding his bicycle near the town of Vorden, Gelderland.

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The 2004 movie The Clearing is loosely based on the kidnapping and murder of Gerrit Jan Heijn.[2]

External links[edit]

  1. ^ Obituary: Grocer who felt empathy for the shopper, Phil Davison, Financial Times, 21 January 2011(registration required)
  2. ^ Contemporary auditing: real issues and cases, p.402, by Michael C. Knapp, (Aug 18, 2008), ISBN 0-324-65805-2