(By Lula Ahrens and Tristan van Rijn )
update : The History of Coffeeshop The Happy Family Amsterdam, The Netherlands
AMSTERDAM-NOIR-Steve Brown born in California USA was the organiser of the coffeeshops The Happy Family in Amsterdam. The Happy Family with 20.000 members and a grosse overturn of 50 million guilders a year according to the Dutch Tax (IRS) department. On top of that The Happy Family collected 2.2. million subsidised a year. This last fact brought even CBS 60 minutes to make a program of shame on Amsterdam , The Happy Family and Steve Brown. Steve Brown got shot by a professional hit man in 1999 front of his house. Brown nearly survived the murder attempt on his life with one bullet straight to his liver and shattered his arm.
Now that the ‘trial of the century’ is hanging above the alleged criminal organisation of Willem Holleeder like the sword of Damocles, the Dutch underworld finally has a face. Cor van Hout one of the Kidnappers of Freddy Heineken was murdered according to the Dutch department of Justice by an other Kidnapper Willem Holleeder. By High-court declared ‘Mob- journalist Peter R. de Vries’ offered his service to Willem Holleeder after his so called friend Kidnapper , drugsdealer and Big Pimp Cor van Hout was murdered by Willem Holleeder (according to the Justice department).
Murder for the right’s of the ‘Heineken- Anthony Hopkins-kidnap-Film’ in Amsterdam-Noir.
The Dutch crime reporter Gerlof Leistra from Elsevier even wrote an article: “Ruzie ‘Heineken-boek’ motief voor moord? ( Fight en Murder over the right from the book) “ that the Right-hand of Cor van Hout Thomas van der Bijl got murdered by Willem Holleeder & Peter R. de Vries for the right’s of the Heineken-book. The Heineken- (blood)-book is the source for the scrip off the ‘Anthony Hopkins Heineken Kidnap -movie’.Ironically Peter R. de Vries and his swinger wife Jacqueline have filed police complains against Willem Holleeder based on extortion and threats at Peter’s house apparently to get his share of The Kidnapping of Freddy Heineken movie. Willem Holleeder is facing now 3 years jail starting December 2014 No red carpet for Willem Holleeder.The Bizarre Story of The Heineken Kidnapping Movie is still developing and the latest news was that the premiere would be held 2015 in Singapore. Apparently the Chines Tirades have bought the right for the ‘release’ and Money laundering. We are very curious if Antony Hopkins will go to Singapore to walk there the Red Chinese (Mafia) carpet. If Antony Hopkins not get murdered or arrested before that time ,considering the fact that all the leading characters of this movie are murdered or (going) in jail or threated like Peter R de Vries and his ‘swinger wife Jac’.
Heineken-Police detective Gert van Beek :” The kidnapping of Freddy Heineken book of Peter R de Vries is one big fantasy”.
The former Chief of the Heineken Kindnapping police team Gert van Beek called the Heineken Kidnap-Book of ghost writer Peter R .de Vries one big lie and PR for the so-called “ Good Fellows” Cor van Hout (murdered acording to the police by Willem Holleeder) and Willem Holleeder. The policeman Mr. Gert van Beek wrote a book about the real story and criminal part of Peter R de Vries as corrupt journalist ( see video) for the Heineken-Kidnapers. Sparked by the insatiable appetite of the public for clarity and juicy details on the deepest undercrofts of society, the crime media are thriving. But how reliable is the picture the media present us with? One man claims to have literally seen it all and to know better. In his best-selling book Killing Fields Amsterdam. Portraits of infamous liquidations, the native American ex-criminal Steve Brown relates his insider’s version of fifteen killings in Amsterdam’s criminal circuit. Exposing misconceptions in the crime reports that appear daily, Brown settles an account with the media that, he claims, have tried to break him. It is a well known fact in the Nederlands that the media is controlled by the Media-Mongol Mafia Boss John de Mol, who has what they call in the Dutch underworld a pact with Peter R. de Vries. Based on that fact it looks that John de Mol is the financier (Money Laundering) of the movie The Kidnapping of the Heineken as a sort of reward for his media hit-man Peter R. de Vries. John de Mol, a partner by the way of the Italian Mob Boss Silvio Berlusconi finance his media company with black money in the ’80 of the murdered mob Boss Klaas Bruinsma. Later John de Mol have laundered a part of the extortion ( 17 million euro = 25 million Dollar) money of the murdered Real estates tycoon Willem Endstra on behave of Willem Holleeder according to the head of the Amsterdam intelligence police Jan van Looyen. (video) It is Just a matter of time before Peter R. de Vries and John de Mol will be also murdered. They live 24-7 under extremely protected by private security as well by corrupted police.
A position as a witness in a murder case of Tony Hijzelendoorn and at that time the biggest Dutch Mob Boss Klaas Bruinsma, four publications, two assassination attempts and fifteen arrests later, he comes to the conclusion that the ‘upper world’ is inevitably intertwined in the underworld. Brown became witness because his good frien Tony Hijzelendoorn was slaughtered as a pig by the Dutch policeman and mob hit man Martin Hoogland. In an interview with The Times, Brown talks about his past, his war with crime reporter Peter R. de Vries and the (im)possibility of leaving a criminal life behind (Peter R de Vries is the ghostwriter and money launder of The Book of the convicted Heineken Kidnappers. The Movie ‘Anthony Hopkins Heineken Kidnap’ is based on that ‘Blood-Book’)
Upon entering the lobby of the chic Amstel Hotel, Steve Brown makes a somewhat nervous impression. He immediately hands over a copy of his newest book and two posters to promote it. Then he sits down and tries to relax. Before we know it, he is chatting away about his past life of crime, sex, drugs and rock ‘n roll as if in a bar, talking to a good old friend. He seems an easygoing, funny, almost fatherly guy despite the puzzling, sometimes fierce look in his, dark eyes.The first thing Brown starts talking about as he sips his coffee on a comfortable couch and smokes one cigarette after another, is the false distinction between the upper and underworld: “What are the similarities between a drug baron and an industrial baron? I wrote a piece on it on my web log on Witheet.nl ( Now: Volksnieuws uit Amsterdam-Noir more than a crime website], kind of tongue-in-cheek. If you write that down, you can see how many resemblances there are. Not in the line of work, but in the behaviour: They buy the same clothes, stay in the same hotels, visit the same bars and sex houses, have the same income and both groups (especially the expatriates) hardly pay taxes.”
So, if you are a successful businessman in the Netherlands, you automatically get to know the underworld as well? “Yes, they visit the same spots, go to the same holiday addresses, both travel first or business class. That is quite funny; it is also why I chose this hotel [for the interview]. But, there is a cardinal difference: when an international CEO gets in trouble with the law, he chooses an international lawyer’s office: Stibbe, Nauta Dutilh, etcetera. The uneducated drug baron, on the other hand, steps into the trap of the media lawyer; they win a case or two, but the drug baron does end up in jail.”
Tell us about your youth in the Dutch ghetto De Pijp, Amsterdam.
“I was born in California USA and raised in Amsterdam city district De Pijp. That was pure poverty. Half-size houses, that’s what the people had. Ten people to an apartment and one toilet for two families. The apartments in De Pijp, which are small anyway, were split in two halves. Can you imagine? No TV, no shower. Once a week the entire family went to the bath house for a dime or a nickel. Aged 12 or 13, children started working; they were expected to be grown up. My parents owned a snack bar, so we had a fair amount of money. Instead of playing the piano or tennis, you learned –just as in the American ghettos– to fight. When we were fourteen we entered the street life of De Pijp, much to the sorrow of my mother. We could stand our ground quite well, my brother and I. We had to, of course, because we were outsiders.”
At what age did you start dealing hash?
“When I started I was 15, 16 years old. When I was 28, 29, It had toughened and run the coffeeshops The Happy Family. Besides that I traveled all around the world in the twilight zones of the 3rd world countries of Gangsta’s Paradise (video) to buy products to sell in The Happy Family and other dealers in Amsterdam, The Netherlands and Europe.”
Did you regret that things had changed?
“Yes, well, you grow along. Of course, at a certain moment, you wake up with a shock. But you grow along and you transform in your behaviour. That is how it usually goes. Unless, of course, if you grow up in China or Italy and your father is a mobster. Then you are part of it from the start. But the most people of my age that I know have started with a small hippie colony like Goya [a small hippie island in front of the Indian coast], starting with 5 kilos of stuff, which they smoked themselves until they found out that they had some left, you know?”
What is the goal of your publications?
“There is no goal. I have noticed that the media are the best selling drug for the people, in accordance with Karl Marx’ ‘opium for the people’. Just look at the craziness –I call this the era of imbecility and horniness– of [Talpa television programme] De Gouden Kooi and Paris Hilton; you can make a lot of money by doing nothing in the media. I am not a moralist, I just want to make a career or, in other words, make a lot of money. “We have had contact with two well-known talk shows in the US, by Cleerhouse Publishing. We have made an appointment about the film version of two of my books. In September, my publisher will issue a press release in which it is stated that I have received the largest advance ever for my newest book, which is only to be released in April. [Killing Fields] is again a bestseller.A total of 26 thousand issues have been printed within 4 weeks, which is unheard of in the Netherlands. And you should not forget: I am an American in origin. America is very nationalistic. If you are not an American, you may massacre half of Cambodia but you will still not get any attention. Because I am an American I have a certain market value. If you make your breakthrough in the media there –well, you can’t really earn that much in the drug scene.”
Books on this topic are very popular now, with the Holleeder trial coming up.
“That is not entirely true. Most of the books published by well-known crime reporters do not get a second print. An average book of a crime reporter is always based on hear-say and they use second or third hand information. What I write is straight from the horse’s mouth.”
Is it not risky to dig it all up again?
“Underworld, upper world. There is only one world to me. I don’t give a damn whether I am in the news positively or negatively. Risky? If you’ve read my book properly, you can see that I don’t mention the things that can put other people at risk. I call them X or A. When I mention a person fully, that person has been murdered for sure. If I use names of people that are still alive, then their case has become superannuated, the information is already known or it is improvable. I am not a journalist in the classical sense, so I don’t intend to write down a story of facts. “The meaning behind this book is to have the average Dutchman look over my shoulder and see what I see: What actually happens behind all those news reports? How does someone talk, how does he behave? If you read an article of a crime reporter, you’ll read: there was a murder there and there… But how did the preparations go, what really happened, what kind of people do that? Those questions often remain unanswered. So I give a face to the actors: how sloppily it is done sometimes and what kind of imbeciles are behind it. “A good example is the story of a British drug dealer who was found dead in the Vinkeveen lake district. The average Dutchman may think: ‘this is a very professional assassination’. But it really was an escalated robbery by three lunatics. You will never read that, not even in a court report. Because there is no–one who tells the court or a journalist what the suspect told me, because I’ve known that bloke for more than twenty years. Plus, people who talk to journalists all have a certain interest to uphold.”
‘If you’re a non–American you can massacre half of Cambodia and still get no attention from the US media’
You wrote that all crime reporters have an interest in the underworld.
“No, not all. Two of them rise above the rest: Bas van Hout [RTL network] and Peter R. de Vries [SBS]. They are what I call ‘mafia journalists’. The confusing thing is that you call them journalists, because that is the way they are depicted by themselves and in the media, which is very hard to battle. In 1992, there was a court decision, Het Parool versus De Vries, in which the considerations were as clear as daylight: ‘De Vries has a profitable relationship with [the criminal organisation led by Klaas] Bruinsma and does several jobs for the Bruinsma clan’. Consequentially, it is clear that we are dealing with a member of a mafia clan. “The internationally renowned media sociologist Manuel Castel has written a very thick book on the tentacles of the international mafia. A mafia member is not necessarily someone who walks around with a gun in his trousers, a chalk-line suit and a Rolex, but can just as well be a director of Shell, Philips or Endemol. You can call that mafia, too. “I have never heard a journalist talk about the fact that someone like Peter R. de Vries, with the 1992 court decision in his pocket, can weekly act on television like he is the largest hero! If something like this becomes public about De Vries or even [President George W.] Bush, their story is over! There is a different culture in the Netherlands, where those things go unnoticed. I blame journalism for that. It is a large societal mishap that someone like De Vries still receives legitimacy from you. Not from the viewer, because they don’t know better, they just watch what they get to see. Opium for the people, nothing more. I’m talking about you two and with you the entire ‘loyal’ press.”
Was your aggravation over that the reason to publish your books?
“Partly. Not the last book. I am working on a book about the family of mafia journalists. That will be the real story, which will settle an account with them. It is a disgrace for you that a non-journalist with my background has to write such a book. Journalists are dumb and follow blindly.”
Do you have children?
“Yes, four. One of my sons is doing a study of Marketing and Law. My other son is 16 and he has left to play ice hockey at a Philadelphia prep school, as a preparation for college. He is seen as a great talent in America and Canada and certainly in the Netherlands. He will certainly get a scholarship, and possibly for an Ivy League university. I’m very proud of him. Of all my children, by the way. Even when they do nothing.”
Have your children ever become victim of the publicity surrounding you?
“When the first publicity wave came, my oldest two children, they were aged 9 and 10, were in a snobbish school in Amsterdam. We had managed to network ourselves into that scene, we lived across from the Hilton Hotel. Everybody thought I was a real estate agent or something. One acquaintance of mine was a professor at a university, another was the head of orthopaedic surgery in the academic hospital in Utrecht, their children mixed with our children. So, we had squeezed ourselves into that world and then hell broke loose regarding the Hoogland case [in which Brown was the crown witness]. We immediately moved with our children to Florida. Immediately! They knew nothing, we told them nothing. We’ve always kept that separate. I know families where children know from their second birthday onwards what papa does. But in my house, there is no drinking or smoking and no underworld figure comes in! “When we returned, we deliberately went to live in Eindhoven. Again, we managed to network ourselves into the middle class. That went well for two years. Then Bas van Hout put letters about me and my home address in the letterboxes of my neighbors, causing a riot on the front page in Eindhoven. After that, Peter R. de Vries came up with his broadcasts in which they tried to entrap me. […]
They set me up and that also affected my children. It was the worst period of my life. That is why I will never forget him […] When I gave him that little kick up his ass (see video above), he was lucky because there were so many media present. I call that a little kick from the past. “De Vries deliberately and his ‘ Sidekick the ‘Sewer journalist Bas van Hout’ (Underworld Nick Name: “Sun of a whore, Brown Rat Bas”) made a broadcast in order to get to my family and my children. He used a good friend at that time of mine, a junkie called Ron Ostrowski, to call me.
Junkie Ron said he had hired a sex house at [red light district] De Wallen. On television, people were made to believe that I would be lured by that. In other words: Brown is a curb crawler. While I never visited De Wallen at all! I don’t even know the way. If I asked Ron on the telephone whether to go left or right, it was cut out and not published. Ron had a would-be relationship with a Columbian prostitute. They wanted to sell me five kilos of coke. It was all taped by a secret camera: they offered ten thousand euros under the market price, it would have cost me eight years in prison, but it was entrapment, so I can live with that. Judas Ron told me: ‘my Columbian friend is celebrating her birthday, we are sitting there with four of her whore friends from South America, we have a mirror of coke on the table and two bottles of whisky. Join us!’ With eighteen hidden cameras in the building, which was, by the way, owned by Etienne U., the right hand of Holland’s best known mafia godfather, Klaas Bruinsma! “I said, no thanks, I don’t feel like it. I must have had a guardian angel on my shoulder. But imagine that if I had come! Maybe not you, but 99 percent of the gentlemen at such a party would have, as a figure of speech, the women’s suspenders all over them within ten minutes. Do you get the picture? A little bit of arts and crafts with the video tape and you can wave goodbye to your family. So I was lucky that I said no, but it will never be forgotten. I will serve two years if necessary.
Originally, I wanted to rip off [De Vries’] upper lip. He would be like ‘mmmwwaaaohah’ during the show –perfect for the seal’s network. It will never be forgotten, until I am done with him. And he also knows, the coward. The image that is being sold about him, is the fearless crime fighter. That is Peter R. de Vries fake. Reality is, that if I say ‘hey!’, he will sh*t and p*ss in his pants. That is the real Peter.” Unique in the world: Son of a whore Bas van Hout a journalist of magazine Panorama even have put public a reward for the murder of Steve Brown of 500.000,- gld ( =300,000,- dollar) on his head. Later he wrote an article about Ron Ondunk with the tittle “5 Minutes before 12” that according to de crime journalist Bart Middelburg deliberately aimed to get Ron Ondunk killed by the King of Amsterdam Underworld the Jugoslav Jotse Jocic in the ’80 and ’90 ( serving now 20 years jail in Serbia for killing a minister). Shortly after this article Ron Ondunk got indeed murdered. In the line of those corrupt articles Bas van Hout also wrote an article about a life treathening LSD first time imported from the USA which he stated that it was harmless and the best love drug he ever took himself. The gang for which he wrote this article sold out completely in a couple of days of there LSD stock. The health department was in total panic and release a press statement the warn about this drugs called the B-sting in this article.
What was De Vries trying to achieve according to you? “It was for the Hoogland group. The Supreme Court decided that De Vries aimed to clear Hoogland [from the murder on Tony Hijzelendoorn]. To depict me as an unreliable witness. The Supreme Court ruled: ‘the images presented by De Vries prove nothing. Brown is still a reliable witness’. As soon as I notice that a journalist writes an article about me, not because he thinks that it’s the truth, but because he has to do so for a criminal group, I do not consider him a journalist anymore. In that case, he is part of a crime group and will be treated as one. To say in your terms: then you will descend to the ‘underworld’. ‘He can call me now, I will come at once […] Because this is true: I am not a fake, I am from De Pijp. I fought a few times a week, like everybody did in De Pijp. I have had a knife-thrust here and a blow with an axe there. He has got nothing, that fatso. But this is starting to become a bit of a silly story, because my wife gets angry when I talk like this. That I talk like a macho. She thinks that it is stupid, she will get very mad when I talk like this. Then she says I am too old for that.”
Why did you go to law school?
“Well, I thought: knowledge is power, you know? I have heard so many court decisions against me, all the lawyers are useless and it costs too much money, so I started writing my own pleads and my lawyer just signs it. That’s why.”
Was there a specific moment when you decided to quit?
“Yes, that was in 1992. Then, I exaggerate a little, about thirty of my acquaintances were shot dead in one year. In that year, my best friend [Tony Hijzelendoorn, after whose murder Brown acted as the crown witness against suspect Martin Hoogland] was murdered –or tortured to death, to be exact. That’s when I thought: ‘I don’t feel like this anymore”
style=”color: #993300;”>‘When I’m eighty, I’ll still watch the door’
In 1992, you served as a witness.
“Yes, I testified. After that, I survived an assassination attempt. I had already quit then, I was following courses at the [University of Amsterdam]. I took an exam three weeks after the attack. The people of my class asked me to come. So there I was, completely in plaster. Well, that was a strange view, of course. I got a B.”
Weren’t you scared to death in that period?
“No, we are never scared to death. Or else I would have had more than twenty traumas already, as a figure of speech. If you grow up in Baghdad, as a child these days. Or as a child slave in Congo. Have you seen that programme? Boys in Congo are declared bewitched by the village elders and then repudiated. Well, you don’t believe it. Others are forced into prostitution, aged eleven, or eight […] That makes me think: what are we talking about?”
If you look back now, would you have done things differently?
“No, I wouldn’t have wanted to miss a thing. But on the other side, I wouldn’t have said no to being born in Paleis Soestdijk [the Queen’s residence] either. I read in the newspaper that the budget of that little family is 130 million euros per year. They still live like Louis XIV, the Sun King. Plus, I think that Prince Bernhard didn’t behave any better than any pimp in De Pijp. The only difference is that he did it on the State’s payroll – and above the law! But I do not regret anything. We were rich in poverty, because no-one had anything. We had no television set, so no-one realised that there was a world outside De Pijp. We had great fun with nothing. But you don’t stay backward. For me, things changed when I entered high school, the Montessori Lyceum. There, for the first time ever, I realised that people actually had a garden. I would visit my class mates, and they had a garden! I thought: what the hell is going on here? That’s when I saw the difference. We used to think: if you have a tonne, you are more or less like Donald Trump. I remember thinking ‘what’s going on?’ while visiting people with a piano worth 20 grand.”
Does it not matter to you how you achieve that richness?
“What do you mean by that? Do you want to tell me that a top CEO who owns some kind of chemical factory in any kind of exotic place has fewer scruples than a hit-man, to put it sharply? In a place where three thousand people died because he deliberately tried to earn 20, 30, 40 million euros more but did not consider extra security measures?”
So no-one earns his money in an honest fashion, is that what you mean?
“That is what I think, certainly. I’m not saying this to plead myself free. Take [Development Cooperation Minister Bert] Koenders, he is the prototype of a real salonsocialist [a Dutch expression for a socialist politician who expresses a leftist opinion to gain votes, but fills his pockets by profiting from capitalism on the right]”.
Do you ever feel homesick for the excitement of your past?
“Well, there’s still enough excitement going on, don’t get me wrong!”.
Do you still feel unsafe nowadays? “
Yes, I do. Can’t you see that? Besides, who is really safe?”
You are continuously watching the door, for example.
“Yes, I’ve been doing that for thirty years. It has become a part of me. I even do that in Toronto, ha ha! That won’t change anymore. When I’m eighty, I will still watch the door. Maybe a nice anecdote: I used to have friend from a very infamous family in the North [of Amsterdam]. He always said: ‘When I’m walking the dog in the street, even he looks over his shoulder! Ha ha! Good one, isn’t it, I always like that one. And if I’m at home with my cat, the cat always sits in front of the window like this! [he moves his head slowly from the left to the right] Ha ha!”
To what extent can you actually leave a criminal past behind you?
“If you really want to, you can. I’ve done it many times. We lived in Toronto for four years. If you really want to, if you want to break with your old life and start a new one, you can be untraceable. Look: here [in the Netherlands] it is easy because people can find you. But the trick is to adapt to your new environment. If you go and live somewhere and you behave like a normal, social person, then you don’t catch the eye! But if you go and live in an upper-class neighbourhood and you come home at six am every night in a very large Mercedes and with four, five trampy-looking types surrounding you every other day, well, then they will talk about you! A lot of people in Toronto would be scared to death if they knew who I am!” The ideas and opinions put forward by the interviewed should not be considered an opinion of The Hagu/ Amsterdam/ Rotterdam Times. The Times editorial staff has repeatedly tried to hear the other side of the argument by contacting Peter R. de Vries, but he was not available for comment.
The History of CoffeeshopThe Happy Family Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
The Happy Family were based youth centers subsidized by the state and founded by a certain Steve Brown.At one point the Happy Happy Family received 2,2 miljone subsidizing a year.Steven Kees Aaron Brown was born October 26, 1954 in California, USA . By one Dutch mother and one American father ,USA soldier , a few years after his birth, his family moved to Amsterdam, where he grew up in the Pijp . At that time a more or les Dutch Getto in Amsterdam.
At age 25, he was the head of a criminal organization : The ” Happy Family ” Foundation was created youth centers in Amsterdam, but who in fact served as a cover for drug trafficking and money laundering money. A few years later , Steve Brown will recognize moreover, have been highly active during this period , in the illegal business of hashish . If the end of the Happy Family is rather tragic , their design and story is truly amazing. It was in some ways ” the restaurants of the heart” coffeeshops . On numerous occasions during the year and especially at Christmas , the Happy Family , meals , preserves and hot drinks were distributed to the poorest . The Happy also stays organized holidays for young people who did not have the chance to travel . While institutions Happy Family did not pay mine and their clients was often formed smokers destitute or street people , but precisely these centers were born to them, so they too have a family: the Happy Family! Besides all that, the sale of soft drugs was tolerated there but it did not bother anyone so far and Happy Family were finally pretty well seen by the public thanks to charitable exercised . 1 Happy Family was born in 1979 Rustenburgerstraat at # 207 exactly. The center was receiving a subsidy of 180,000 florins yearly . Quickly another establishment opened its doors on Overtoom , followed by a third and a fourth on Nes on Dapperstraat . The success was such that the youth center located on Nes becomes a coffeeshop and Happy Family even creates its own nightclub : Happy at the Night! Everything was going well and dolphins swimming in the Happy Family happiness, yes, but here’s the success and benefits … this is ultimately what would capsize the good ship run by Steve Brown.
In 1984, the scandal : The IRS put his nose in the 1983 Annual Report of the foundation; there huge denounced irregularities and suspected that some money was whitened . In addition, a thorough study by Van Dien expertise and Co. accounting firm and a municipal audit confirmed the suspicions of the Happy Family , and accused the foundation of being in reality a facade for drug trafficking on a large scale . Because qu’Happy Family is a foundation, it should therefore make no profit, the IRS also opened an investigation and concluded that trade in soft drugs exercised by institutions Happy Family had generated a turnover of 12 million guilders , 4 million of net profits. The foundation then being subsidized by the state , the case caused a scandal at the public opinion . On appeals trial, the Happy Family was trying to defend himself. For lack of evidence , certain lawsuits were unsuccessful but aids were removed and large sums of money were seized accounts of the foundation. Steve Brown fared well and therefore institutions remained open at the end of the trial. But the image of Happy Family had become so bad , they gradually disappeared in the late 80s.Steve Brown put an end to the adventure in 1990.
There after, he worked occasionally with the Yugoslav mafia Amsterdam and the organization of Klaas Bruinsma, notably trafficking of hashish and ecstasy. Also in the 90s , he was the key witness in the case against Martin Hoogland . Martin Hoogland was planning to liquidate drug dealer Tony Hijzelendoorn, after Hijzelendoorn had rebuked him on March 18, 1992, for being under the influence of cocaine. On March 20, 1992, Martin Hoogland asked Steve Brown to set up a meeting with Hijzelendoorn, which could only mean one thing: he wanted him dead. That afternoon Steve Brown and his buddy Ronnie Ondunk ( Murdered) visited Hijzelendoorn in his villa to warn him, but Hijzelendoorn didn’t take it serious, so they left. That evening Martin Hoogland went to the villa and shot Tony Hijzelendoorn 16 times. In April, 1992, Steve Brown and Martin Hoogland were arrested for the assassination of Tony Hijzelendoorn. Ronnie Ondunk turned himself in, but was released as soon as the police knew that he had nothing to do with the liquidation. Brown was also released, on May 17, 1992, and received 80,000 guilders as compensation. Since a lot of work has been devoted to the life of Steve Brown, himself published a few. Today businessman removed from the criminal mafia. On March 18, 2004, Martin Hoogland, then 47, was liquidated. While doing the remaining ten years of his sentence in an open prison in Hoorn, he was riding his bicycle in town, to do some shopping, when a man, allegedly Boneka Belserang, shot him off his bike. The half-Indonesian Boneka Belserang was only 30, but he was well known in the Amsterdam gangland.
Books written by Steve Brown