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Netherlands man made money selling lethal suicide powder

by | Jul 26, 2021

At least six people died

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

Ximena Kool died in January 2018

Editor’s note. The 28-year-old man taken into custody was identified only as “Alex S.” Eindhoven is the fifth largest city in the Netherlands. This appeared on Mr. Schadenberg’s blog and is reposted with permission.

A few days ago I reported that a man was arrested for assisting multiple suicides in Eindhoven, Netherlands. Last Friday the NL Times reported that the Eindhoven man [“Alex S.”] sold suicide powder to at least 6 people who died. 

The NL Times story reported:

“The suspect sold the drug from November 2018 to June 2021,” the OM [the Public Prosecution Service]alleged in a statement. “The criminal investigation started after the death of a woman from Best in May 2021.” the OM said in a statement. They found the woman had a “suspicious substance” with her when she died, and they also examined data she had stored on devices.

The circumstances led investigators to the Eindhoven man, who prosecutors said sold the lethal powder along with a prescription drug that would reduce the urge to vomit, the OM continued. He may have sold the one or both medications to “hundreds” of people, the OM said in court, according to RTL Nieuws [a Dutch television news service].

The NL Times reported that a 19-year-old woman died from taking the suicide powder:

A 19-year-old woman from Uden died in February 2018 from using the powder. At the time, Health Minister Hugo de Jonge said he found it “very worrisome” that the powder was available for purchase. The OM launched an investigation into that case, in part to determine if Cooperatie Laatste Wil* helped her obtain the powder. The organization promotes “assisted suicide and self-euthanasia without the intervention of doctors,” the group said. 

S. was involved with that organization, the OM said in court, according to RTL Nieuws. The OM did not say if the Uden woman’s death was part of its case against S. The town of Uden is about a 30-minute drive from Eindhoven and Best.

The attorney for the families commented on the profit made by selling the suicide powder:

Attorney Sébas Diekstra said he was horrified that someone could profit by aiding people to kill themselves. He is representing the families of two young women who acquired the powder in 2020, and died soon after. It was not yet known if they bought the powder from the Eindhoven man. 

“We understand that it is now being investigated further whether it was this suspect who provided the poisonous and inhumane drug with which these young women were able to end their lives,” Diekstra said in a statement sent to RTL Nieuws.

We will continue to follow this story.

*Cooperatie Laatste promotes “assisted suicide and self-euthanasia without the intervention of doctors,” according to the NL Times.

Categories: Assisted Suicide