Woman Confesses to Murder She Committed —in 1946
96-year-old Atie Ridder-Visser killed a man she believed to be a Nazi
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 9, 2011 1:27 PM CDT
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(Newser) – A murder mystery has been solved with the confession of a 96-year-old woman—and it only took her 65 years to do it. The 1946 killing of Felix Gulje, the head of a construction company who had high political ambitions, rocked the Dutch political landscape at the time. Atie Ridder-Visser confessed to the killing in a letter to the mayor of Leiden, saying it happened in the mistaken belief that Gulje had collaborated with the Nazis. Two subsequent interviews with her, and a review of the historical archives persuaded Mayor Henri Lenferink that her story was true. Ridder-Visser will not be prosecuted, Lenferink said.

On the cold sleeting night of March 1, 1946, Ridder-Visser rang Gulje's doorbell in Leiden, and told his wife that she had a letter to give to her husband. When he came to the door she shot him in the chest, and he died in the ambulance. "Even now, after 65 years, the murder should be strongly condemned," Lenferink said. "It is a case of vigilantism, and is unacceptable." But he appealed to reporters to leave her alone. "Mrs. Ridder-Visser is a very old, very frail woman who hears poorly, is disabled, and needs help," he said.

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crafter67
Jun 9, 2011 11:10 PM CDT
Although I'm all against vigilante justice I can appreciate her candor to solve a decades old mystery...Now if we could just get all people to 'unburden' themselves this way - we could close a lot of old cases.
youngblood
Jun 9, 2011 2:49 PM CDT
Scum waited till she's almost dead to relieve herself of the guilt of murdering another human being. She should be going to prison! Why wasn't she tried for this crime back in the day. The guys wife who answered the door could have testified that she was the only one at the door and asked for her husband. What's missing here?
finkster
Jun 9, 2011 2:05 PM CDT
Sounds to me like she needs some free room and board. Going to prison would be her safety net....