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    Default Man dressed as "Joker" attacks daycare in Belgium

    Belgium 'joker' creche killer snorted with laughter in police interrogation
    Belgium's suspected "joker" killer snorted with laughter when interrogated by police about a frenzied knife attack that left a woman and two babies, aged six months and nine months, dead.


    By Bruno Waterfield and John Bingham in Dendermonde
    Last Updated: 10:47AM GMT 24 Jan 2009
    Dendermonde: Children die in Belgium nursery knife attack
    Two unidentified persons hold a child with an identification number on his forehead, at a crisis center next to the scene of a stabbing incident at a daycare center in Dendermonde, Belgium Photo: AP

    He was charged on Friday evening, according to a Belgian prosecutor.

    The two infant victims of the attack on a creche in the Belgian town of Dendermonde on Friday have been named as Leon a baby boy aged six months and Corneel, a girl aged nine months.

    Marita Blindeman, the 54 year old childcare worker who was killed, raised the alarm before being killed.

    Police and prosecution sources have said that the 20 year man, dubbed "the joker" because of his painted white face, eye shadow and ginger hair, has no history of mental illness.

    The suspect was not drunk or stoned but was "behaving strangely".

    Local parents will on Sunday hold a march at St Gillis Church, just yards from the Fabeltjesland, or land of stories, creche to remember the three victims and the 10 babies injured in the attack.

    The 20-year-old assailant had a painted white face, eye shadow and ginger hair, and was wearing a bullet proof vest, witnesses said.

    He tricked his way into the Fabeltjesland day care centre at 10am by claiming to have a meeting with one of the members of staff. He then drew a 12in knife and began to slash at children aged between a few months and two years old.

    There were 21 infants in the creche and six supervisors. All of the victims were stabbed in the throat or head. Parents gathered in the Dendermonde town hall and, with psychologists in support, identified the victims using photographs.

    Nine children escaped unharmed. Three of the creche's child care workers were injured as they tried to fend off the attacker.

    Theo Janssens, Dendermonde's deputy mayor, said that the man "just went crazy".

    "There was blood everywhere, it was unbelievable, real carnage. He went straight for the babies and attacked them. The smallest ones were in their beds, they were probably asleep."

    Marita Blindeman, the adult who was killed, raised the alarm.

    "She called the ambulance and died," said Peter Cleymans, 47, a paramedic.

    "She was falling down as she was on the telephone. When we got there the phone was covered with blood, it was hanging in the little kitchen."

    After the attack, the man, who has yet to be named by police but is from the town, calmly left on his bicycle. Police sealed off all local schools as panic spread throughout the town.

    The knifeman was pursued by a police helicopter and arrested in a nearby supermarket still in possession of the weapon used in the attack. Alphonso De Baaker, a retired teacher, said the attacker had a history of mental illness.

    Khris Kieckens, the proprietor of the Pertotal bar on the same street as the creche, described how sobbing parents rushed to the scene.

    "There was hysteria," he said. "One of my friends saw the attacker cycle off. His eyes were running with black ink, he was thin, tall and ginger haired."

    Belgian television said that witnesses described the attacker as looking like The Joker from the Batman films. Parents were taken to a social centre nearby where police showed them digital photographs of infants and toddlers by police, and asked them to identify the children who had identification numbers on their foreheads.

    Police and hospital sources said six children, between one and three, were seriously injured, another four suffered minor injuries.

    Last night they were all out of danger after surgery.

    Paramedics said that when they arrived it was unclear whether the attacker had left. "It is very difficult to do your job when you think that in two minutes he could be on my back and put a knife in my back," said Filip Mannaert.

    "You can't imagine what we saw at that time. The babies were hurt not in the arms, not in the legs, not in the stomach, always the head or the neck. It is something you don't forget."

    Carl Haentjens, 30, an ambulance co-ordinator said: "When we arrived, the attack was over and the building evacuated but none of us was sure if he had left. The injuries were bad, the worst I'd ever seen, especially because it involved very young babies."

    Dr Ignace Demeyer, the director of the local hospital, said: "This was a particularly violent attack."

    Piet Buyse, the mayor of Dendermonde, said: "An act of great brutality has happened here against our weakest citizens.

    "The parents are in great shock and so is our city.

    "The only thing we can do now is help with the aftermath, with our minds, our hearts and thoughts with the parents.

    "We will do everything to support them."

    While the attacker was still on the loose Anna Lies Eckhout collected her children aged eight and 10 from the local school, Bijenkorf, just 200 yards from the creche.

    "There was mass panic," she said.

    "The school was sealed off. The headmaster was in the schoolyard with a megaphone calling the children inside."

    Mrs Lies Eckhout said that lessons returned to normal after the attacker was caught.

    She said the creche was popular with parents, many of whom commuted 20 miles to Brussels for work.

    "Fabeltjesland has a really good reputation. No school can prepare for this," she said.

    Nathalie Francois, came with her four year old daughter Tiani, to Vufde Januarui Straat, the scene of the attack, to place flowers in driving rain and bitter winds.

    "We are all very shocked. No one can believe that something like this could take place anywhere, especially a small place like here," she said.

    Belgium's Crown Prince Phillipe and his wife Princess Mathilde visited the families of the injured children at a local community centre last night.



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    cue the obligatory outrage of movies glamourizing violence and creating crimes where they would not have existed before.

    The story however is god awful. Can you imagine?!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ain't Talkin' Bout' Love View Post
    ...Police and prosecution sources have said that the 20 year man, dubbed "the joker" because of his painted white face, eye shadow and ginger hair, has no history of mental illness...

    ...The knifeman was pursued by a police helicopter and arrested in a nearby supermarket still in possession of the weapon used in the attack. Alphonso De Baaker, a retired teacher, said the attacker [b]had a history of mental illness/b]...
    ok, not sure what's up with that, but what a horrible story. Be interesting to see what comes out of it.

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    this says otherwise, but the reports I have seen say that he does have a history of mental illness.

    Whichever, I woukd say that point is irrelevant now. He IS ill.
    A man could lose himself in a country like this.

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    Very few news stories these days have the capacity to bring me to tears. This has! What the fuck is wrong with people?!!
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    'broken' beat me to the punch. This guy can't be gutted slowly enough for me.
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    As much as I'd love to take a rubber hose to this guy I think the best this would be an ice-pick through the eye-socket at the bridge of the nose.

    That should fix him up just nice.
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    This guy is fucked in the head, but how does a guy with a psycho clown face "trick" his way into a daycare?
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    Quote Originally Posted by broken9500 View Post
    cue the obligatory outrage of movies glamourizing violence and creating crimes where they would not have existed before.

    The story however is god awful. Can you imagine?!
    I hope no one will try to blame such obvious mental illness on watching violent movies.

    And no, I can not imagine how a parent would ever be able to recover from such tragedy.
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