vla | 19.02.2005 13:18
Police arrested him because they thought he was drunk. They mistook the skin for a carnival costume, and took him to the police station. Because he kept insisting he had killed his mother, they went to the house, and indeed found a skinned corpse.
The man attends the Living Waters Ministries, evangelicals who have a church in Vlaardingen, but several evangelical groups use this name.
There is some discussion about the murder on weblogs in the Netherlands, comparing to the killing of Theo van Gogh last year. Muslims in general were blamed for that killing, it is a common theme that Islam is a 'barbaric religion'. The question is now, if evangelicals should also be regarded as potentially violent. Although right-wing politicians insisted that Muslim clergy apologise for the van Gogh killing, no such request has been made of the Christian clergy.
Check out the original murder and flaying by Ed Gein, which inspired Texas Chainsaw and Silence of the Lambs.
Incidentally, Gein is a Dutch name, and Ed Gein had a rigid Christian upbringing.