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Netherlands man arrested for selling suicide powder resulting in at least 4 deaths 

by | Feb 25, 2022

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

A Netherlands man was arrested on February 21, 2022 and charged in the deaths of four people and may have sold a suicide powder to at least 500 people via the internet.

Gerda Frankenhuis reported for De Telegraaf news that Tom de M. from Castricum was arrested on Wednesday evening on suspicion of involvement in four suicides and may have sold the suicide powder to five hundred people via the internet. According to Frankenhuis (google translated):

The police found the man after a report of criminal assistance with a suicide in Zeeland and a suspicious death in Breda. A major investigation was immediately started. It became clear that the persons involved had all taken the suicide powder that they had ordered via the internet. A postal package found led the police to De M. in Castricum.

Frankenhuis also interviewed lawyer Sébas Diekstra who represents various relatives of people who have died after taking the suicide powder. Diekstra told Frankenhuis that in at least one case, the suicide drug appears to have been ordered from the suspect:

“It is good to see that the Public Prosecution Service has also taken the matter seriously in this case and is investigating further. Hopefully it will also become clear how many people here have become victims of the provision of this poisonous and inhumane drug with which many young people have taken their own lives,” said the lawyer. “It remains horrifying to see that there are people who earn their living with a means of killing others.”

The Netherland Coöperatie Laatste Wil (CLW) assisted suicide lobby group has promoted use of the suicide powder. The Public Prosecution Service arrested the CLW chairman, Jos van Wijk, last September for his alleged involvement in promoting and distributing the suicide powder.

Recently I published an article by Randy Knol, the father of Ximena, the 19-year-old who died in February 2018 after taking the suicide powder. Since then Randy has been working to get the lethal suicide powder banned. 

Randy is the founder and chairman of the Ximena’s Butterfly Foundation.

Editor’s note. This appeared on Mr. Schadenberg’s blog and is reposted with permission.

Categories: Assisted Suicide