Details Emerge on Belgian Baby Killer

Thousands march to honor dead; worker praised as a hero
By Drew Nelles,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 25, 2009 5:00 PM CST
This is the first picture of Kim de Gelder, nicknamed the Joker for wearing face paint during his alleged killing spree.
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(Newser) – Details of a Belgian daycare stabbing spree emerged today as thousands marched to honor three dead and 12 wounded in the attack, the Telegraph and AP report. A photo has surfaced of suspect Kim de Gelder, a loner who sniggered during police questioning and refused to cooperate. Police believe he had an "attack plan," although he said "not a word," a prosecutor said.

Other details include:

  • Gelder was carrying a backpack of weapons and had the addresses of three other daycares when police arrested him.
  • Gelder deliberately targeted the youngest babies, passing over older children.
  • He entered through a side door known only to parents, indicating he may have staked out the daycare.
  • A Belgian day care worker died trying to save babies in her care. “She always cared for others, she was so selfless and so much loved,” a friend said.