Dutch Parade Attacker Dead: Why did he do It?

May 1, 2009

(ChattahBox)—The Dutch attacker, who rammed his vehicle (video below) into a parade crowd celebrating Queen’s Day, in the town of Apeldoornd, died of his injuries on Friday. The 38-year-old driver has been identified in the Dutch media as Karst Tates, a resident of a small town named, Huissen and has been described as a loner, who had just lost his job as a security guard and was due to be evicted from his apartment.

Tates told police after the incident he intentionally aimed his car for the royal family. He just narrowly missed an open bus carrying Queen Beatrix and her family, but killed six bystanders, including a driver for the military police.

This tiny Dutch nation is shocked by the attack and in mourning for the tragic deaths of the six innocent bystanders. State flags are flying at half-mast today. Queen’s Day is a national Dutch holiday, celebrating the birthday of the Queen of the Netherlands and is viewed as a day of national unity and togetherness.

The royal parade vehicle, included Queen Beatrix, Princess Maxima, wife of heir Willem-Alexander, and her other children. They all watched in horror as Tates’ vehicle just missed them, plowing into the crowd killing and injuring bystanders.

To have such a brutal and senseless attack against the royal family on Queen’s Day, by an unexpected lone attacker is mystifying to the Dutch people. Police found no evidence of an accomplice nor any weapons or explosives in his small apartment that would explain his actions.

His neighbors described him as quiet man who lived alone and speculate he was distraught from losing his job and home, and took out his despair on the royal family. Now with his death, the police may never discover what led Tates to attack the royal family on a national day of unity.

With his death, the case against him is closed, although police will continue to investigate evidence that he had an accomplice, but that doesn’t seem to be the case.

Meanwhile, residents of the quiet town of Apeldoornd, known for its beautiful forested park lands and its annual jazz festival held every summer, are placing bouquets of sweet scented spring flowers at the monument where six people lost their lives.

The growing memorial of flowers is a sad reminder of an event that should have been a festive day of celebration, but instead quickly turned into one of horror and mourning.



One Response to “Dutch Parade Attacker Dead: Why did he do It?”

  1. Shrapnel on May 3rd, 2009 9:21 pm

    i heard he smoked some cannabis and his brain turned into a fried egg.

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