Gerrit Jan Heijn

Gerrit Jan Heijn

Gerrit Jan Heijn (February 14, 1931, Zaandam – September 9, 1987) was a Dutch businessperson, who was a top manager of "Ahold" until his death in 1987. His grandfather was Albert Heijn. His son Ronald Jan Heijn played for the Dutch national field hockey team.

On September 9, 1987, he was kidnapped near his villa in Bloemendaal, the 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 is free now.

Elsas gave directions to Heijn's body, which was buried in the woods near Renkum. Gerrit Jan Heijn was cremated on April 9, 1988 in Driehuis.

The 2004 movie The Clearing is loosely based on the kidnapping of Gerrit Jan Heijn.


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