December 10th, 2020
December 1st, 2020
June 21, 2020
(The Brussels Times) Police investigating the series of unsolved attacks in the 1980s attributed to the gang known as the Brabant Killers have obtained a warrant to seize the archives kept by the widow of one of the victims.
Jan Palsterman was killed in the gang’s last major attack, on the Delhaize supermarket in Aalst in 1985.
June 17, 2020
(The Brussels Times) Federal investigators received hundreds of tips in a single day following a public appeal for help to identify a mystery man suspected of being key to the decades-old Killers of Brabant case.
On Wednesday police said they had already received 120 call-ins with potential tips, HLN reports.
June 16, 2020
(The Guardian) Belgian detectives have appealed for information about the identity of a gun-wielding man in a fresh attempt to crack the case of the “Crazy Brabant Killers”, a gang that murdered 28 people, including children, in a series of raids and robberies in the 1980s.
A photograph of an unknown male, sent anonymously in 1986 to officers investigating the notorious group, has been reissued to the media on the order of a judge in a renewed attempt to secure justice for the killers’ victims.
October 30, 2019
- Interview on Brabant Killers with Charles Maurice
October 21, 2019
August 28, 2019
(The Brussels Times) The new lead came from a man often linked to the Brabant Killers gang, which was active in Belgium in the 1980s and who were responsible for a string of robberies in which a total of 28 people were killed. Nobody has ever been charged in connection with the gang’s activities, which most people attribute to a gang of rogue agents of the now-disbanded gendarmerie.
- True crime at the grocery store
August 20, 2019
(BYT) Between 1982 and 1985 three people were responsible for a string of gruesome attacks in the Brabant province of Belgium. Their actual identities remain a mystery but the Dutch are a whimsical bunch therefore they were only known as The Giant (he’s very tall), The Killer (he’s very murdery), and The Old Man (not actually old but middle-aged).
What I find so fascinating about them, other than their nicknames, is how meticulous they were in planning supermarket-related crimes. Each one feels like a bank robbery, down to the well-planned escapes, and yet they were exclusively robbing stores where if you wanted…you could grab a bag of Cheetos on your way out.
June 28, 2019
(The Brussels Times) A man alleged to be the “Giant”, one of the Brabant Killers, is serving a jail sentence abroad and could be out in a year, according to the attorney for relatives of some of the victims, Peter Callebaut.
March 7, 2019
(First Showing) Gangsters clash with police corruption in this lean crime caper based on the shocking true story of the unsolved mass murders of Brabant, which occurred in Belgium in 1982.
February 15, 2019
(The Brussels Times) The investigators handling the Brabant killers case are looking into a link between the recent suicide of Roger Romelart, who was a former investigator of the Brabant killers, and the recent arrest of two of his former colleagues.
January 25, 2019
(Newsweek) The officer, named only as Philippe V, was part of the elite task force investigating the so-called Crazy Brabant Killers who killed at least 28 people over a three-year period during raids on supermarkets, jewellers, bars and hostels, the Guardian reported.
January 24, 2019
(Fox News) Eric Van Der Sypt of the federal prosecutor’s office raised the possibility the evidence was tossed into the canal shortly before police looked a second time.
"It is clear that when you dive in 1985, you cannot find anything,” Van Der Sypt said, according to The Guardian. “When we dive again in 1986, we find a lot of objects, which is not normal.”
January 13, 2019
(Palm Springs's Blog) Don't Shoot - The latest from Stijn Coninx, the director of Festival favorite Marina, is a riveting, real-life film noir based on a notorious crime spree that traumatized Belgian society from 1982 to 1985, when the Brabant Killers topped the country’s most-wanted list.
December 22, 2018
(Scary Mysteries) If you're fans of our Scary Mysteries series then you've probably seen our Twisted Two's series segment about the Brabant Killers... Charles Maurice recently wrote an awesome book covering these crimes from start to finish.
Charles is a lawyer who travelled to Europe to visit the crime scenes first hand and interviewed people with information on the murders, plus he had access to various court documents.
November 1st, 2018
(The Brussels Times) The investigation into the Brabant Killers has been manipulated by outside interests since the beginning, according to the man who was investigating magistrate until 1990.
October 10, 2018
(Flanders Today) The film is based on a book of the same name, written by a Flemish journalist in collaboration with Van de Steen (pictured left). The title comes from Van de Steen, who heard his sister yell “Don’t shoot, that’s my dad!” before the family was killed.
Van de Steen, who was shot in the leg during the attack, also worked closely with Coninx on Niet Schieten. Coninx is the director of the Oscar-nominated Daens and several other films, and, at 61, he remembers the Brabant Killers all too well.