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15:55  18 october  2019
15:55  18 october  2019 Source:   thedailybeast.com

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Dutch media said the family appeared to have had little or no contact with the outside world and have lived a largely self-sufficient life, apparently “ For the moment, the police have a lot of unanswered questions,” he said, adding that most of the family appeared not to be registered with local authorities.

An aerial picture taken on October 15, 2019 shows a view of the farm, where a father and six children had been living in the cellar, In Ruinerwold, northern Netherlands. - The family lived in the cellar for years and where waiting for 'the end of time'. (Photo by Wilbert Bijzitter / ANP / AFP) / Netherlands OUT (Photo by WILBERT BIJZITTER/ANP/AFP via Getty Images) © Getty An aerial picture taken on October 15, 2019 shows a view of the farm, where a father and six children had been living in the cellar, In Ruinerwold, northern Netherlands. - The family lived in the cellar for years and where waiting for 'the end of time'. (Photo by Wilbert Bijzitter / ANP / AFP) / Netherlands OUT (Photo by WILBERT BIJZITTER/ANP/AFP via Getty Images)

The strange tale of a reclusive family in a small Dutch town grows curiouser and curiouser by the day.

The first headlines at the beginning of the week said that in a remote farmhouse outside the provincial Dutch village of Ruinerwold several people, all adults, were isolated for years in makeshift living quarters awaiting “the end of time.” But the story broke after one of them walked into a local café-bar—and then it developed he’d been posting on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn about a family business. 

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Image caption Police discovered a hidden room in the basement and said there were " many A family who spent nine years in a basement " waiting for the end of time " have been discovered by People in the area tweeted the news and one reporter posted images of the farmhouse , saying he had End of Twitter post by @IntoBits. Police in Drenthe confirmed that a 58-year-old man had been arrested

The man immediately struck the bartender as a bit off. His beard was disheveled, he was in a daze, and his clothes seemed straight out of the 1980s. It was near closing time at Chris Westerbeek’s small pub in a rural Netherlands village, Café De Kastelein, and he sent the stranger away.

Local officials have been far from forthcoming, and all sorts of details remain vague. Are we looking at an apocalyptic cult or a social media publicity campaign, or maybe—as seems likely—a bit of both? 

Ruinerwold is in the religious heartland of the Netherlands, in Dutch Bible Belt country. It is just a few miles from Staphorst, the religious centre of the Orthodox Reformed Church, nicknamed 'the black stocking church’ because of its rigid views of worldly life. People in the area live a modest, rural existence, religion is never far away, and many of the communities are known as kind and hospitable.

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The sleepy little town with its friendly inhabitants has never been exposed to the kind of shock and chaos it is experiencing days after the police stormed a farmhouse and found an entire family, as it seemed, in hiding. 

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Police have found a 58-year-old man and a family with six young adults, aged between 18 and 25, living in the hidden cellar of an isolated farmhouse in the northeast of the Netherlands, “ waiting for the end of time ”. They were discovered on Tuesday when the alarm was raised by a local publican who

Dutch police found a family of seven people hidden in the basement of a remote farmhouse where they had reportedly spent years " waiting for the end of time ", officials said Tuesday. They discovered a man, believed to be the father of the family , and six of his children aged between 18 and 25 near

A 58 year old man since identified as Josef B. was arrested outside the house after he refused to give them access. Inside, police found one older man and five young adults, four men and a woman, between the ages of 18 and 25, living in slapped-together quarters. Josef B. was detained and charged with kidnapping and endangerment of the health of others.

The tip that led to the police raid came when Chris Westerbeek, owner of the local Cafe De Kastelein called the police after a confused young man walked into his bar a couple of times last week. The first time the 25 year old came in, sat down and ordered five beers, then he quickly left.

Then last Sunday he came in again and Westerbeek spoke to the local news station RTV Drenthe about it. In the interview he described the man as looking unkempt and disoriented. His hair was long, he had a small “dirty beard” and was wearing old clothes. Westerbeek tried talking to him: “‘Hey, buddy, how did you get here?’ I asked. The man admitted he ran away from a farmhouse nearby and needed help.” He told the barman he had not been outside the constraints of his family’s farmhouse for nine years. 

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years " waiting for the end of time ", officials said. Many questions were unanswered and police are investigating "All scenarios". A plain clothes policeman inspects the farmhouse in a remote area of northern Netherlands' province of Drenthe, near the village of Ruinerwold, on October 16, 2019 a day

The farmhouse where a man and six young adults were found living in the cellar, in Ruinerwold in Ramona Venema, a police spokesman, said that because the man would not co-operate with their questioning, other than to say they were “ waiting for the end of time ” More from The Irish Times .

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“You could tell he had no idea where he was and what he was doing,” Westerbeek told RTV Drenthe. There were more younger brothers and a sister holed up in the house, but he said little else about what went on there. 

The Daily Beast spoke to Westerbeek’s mother, who said he has since “gone into hiding” because of the media frenzy. “He had to tell the same story over 40 times," she said. “It all became a little too much.”

It’s not just the Dutch and international press roaming the quiet green lanes and hanging out in the two local cafes trying to figure out what went on in the farmhouse. Villagers who had no idea about the occupants or their beliefs gather to find out what they can.

The villagers say they did know the detained Jozef B. a bit. They had nicknamed him “the Austrian,” for his apparent nationality, and occasionally he would be seen loading up the trailer behind his Volvo with food and wood. He would drive it to the farm and then leave again, no-one knows where to. 

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The man was almost impossible to approach, Ruinerwold locals say. Neighbours would try, but he kept them away. Jans Keizer, a next door neighbour, told RTV Drenthe, “I am shocked and ashamed, that something like that could happen on our road. I think everyone on this road is feeling guilty for not doing anything. We only saw the man—he would wave when passing by in his big Volvo, but we would not speak.” Years ago, at a first encounter, Keizer said, “I was the one who gave him a traditional welcome, with wine and flowers, but when he took them, he said ‘thank you’ and went back in. There was no talking.” They haven't spoken since.

Josef B. was not the name of the person who rented the farm, and the owner of the property, a woman by the name of Alida Rooze appears to know very little about him. She was as oblivious to the fact a whole family was living there as the rest of the community. Rooze spoke to local newspaper Dagblad van het Noorden about it. “ We are speechless, that something like that happened in our house. We knew nothing at all. We rented out the house to one person several years ago, but are reading in the media that another man apparently lived there with children. We had no idea.” Locals say Josef B. was seen in the past fixing the place up, and he built a big fence around it.

A general view taken on October 16, 2019 shows road signs marking the entrance to the village of Ruinerwold, in the northern province of Drenthe, where a father and five adult children were allegedly held against their will for nearly a decade by a 58-year-old Austrian man. - The 58-year-old man, identified by media as Josef B., was arrested after police discovered the family of six in a tiny secret room in the building in the village of Ruinerwold in the northern province of Drenthe. The mystery surrounding the case deepened with reports that the son who had reportedly walked into a bar and raised the alarm about their captivity had nevertheless been active on social media this year. (Photo by Vincent Jannink / ANP / AFP) / Netherlands OUT (Photo by VINCENT JANNINK/ANP/AFP via Getty Images) © Getty A general view taken on October 16, 2019 shows road signs marking the entrance to the village of Ruinerwold, in the northern province of Drenthe, where a father and five adult children were allegedly held against their will for nearly a decade by a 58-year-old Austrian man. - The 58-year-old man, identified by media as Josef B., was arrested after police discovered the family of six in a tiny secret room in the building in the village of Ruinerwold in the northern province of Drenthe. The mystery surrounding the case deepened with reports that the son who had reportedly walked into a bar and raised the alarm about their captivity had nevertheless been active on social media this year. (Photo by Vincent Jannink / ANP / AFP) / Netherlands OUT (Photo by VINCENT JANNINK/ANP/AFP via Getty Images)

But that man was not the father of the children, the police say. They found "six adults" at the scene during their search and one of them is most likely the father. The mother, according to Dutch media, died over nine years ago, before the man moved the children into the house.

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Local mayor Roger De Groot added some detail in a press conference held Tuesday: “The police have looked at the situation at the site. They found in a farmhouse a few makeshift living-spaces in which a family had been living a reclusive existence.”

The first reports by RTV Drenthe about the family waiting for “the end of time” have not had any independent confirmation, but not for want of trying. Local media traced the family back to a development called Hasselt, just half an hour's drive away. 

There RTV Drenthe spoke to a former neighbour, Sandra Soer. On her street in Hasselt houses are built close together. It is a typical Dutch 1980s suburb with simple, affordable social housing, a place where it's difficult to hide an alternative lifestyle. 

Soer, the former next door neighbour, says in the interview she knew of another three children older than those found in the Ruinerwold house, but offered no information on what happened to them.

In Hasselt, the family isolated itself too. “They would quickly run into the car in the morning going to school–at least that's where I thought they were heading–and back to the house.” The children were never seen in the streets. “My daughter did play there, at the back of the house and would sometimes go in. 'Everything is made out of wood, Mommy,' she would say.” The father, Soer said, appeared to keep a tight grip on them all. She even suspected him of abusing his wife. “But we never got around to doing anything about it.”

A Facebook account has surfaced identified by several reputable Dutch publications as belonging to the 25 year old who found his way to the bar in Ruinerwold. And if “Jan Zon van Dorsten” is indeed the eldest boy from the farmhouse, his social media accounts give us another take on the story. 

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A family of six has been rescued from the hidden cellar of a Dutch farmhouse after the eldest son escaped and facebook . The children and a bedridden man, initially believed to be their father, had lived concealed in the basement of the farmhouse for nine years, waiting for the " end of time

“Jan Zon van Dorsten” had been active on social media a decade ago. He has a Facebook account and has kept in touch with the world via platforms like Twitter and Linkedin. According to his page, the family moved to Ruinerwold in 2010, nine years ago, but then he dropped off the face of the earth, or at least off the World Wide Web. His Facebook account went silent for about nine years until suddenly, in June of this year, he resurfaced. About the same time he activated his Twitter account. Most of his posts show an interest in nature, environment and ecology. The pictures and texts he posted have a dreamlike, philosophical quality.

'Jan Zon van Dorsten's' may also have wanted to generate income using Facebook by promoting wood products apparently made by the family. The companies he links through to are called Arikazan and Creconat. The latter is linked to Native Creative Company that, according to the Dutch tabloid AD, was searched by the police and is owned by Josef B., the man that was arrested at the farm.

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On his LinkedIn profile page Jan Zon van Dorsten writes about his mother’s death in 2004. “For me, personal connection has always been at the forefront, thanks to my parents who have always devoted their time to our personal education. And the rest of their time? Friends. And the company always ran great! How is that possible, huh ...” it says on his profile. “In the meantime that time has passed ... in 2004 Mom passed away and every day we are happy to take care of Dad.”

That all ties in with the account from their neighbour Sandra Soer. The family left Hasselt in 2005, a year after the mother passed away. It had been the only time Soer talked to the father. “He came to ask if he could come in. … 'I want to tell you my wife has died of stomach cancer,' he said, but how? Or what? I never saw an ambulance, or funeral car, I don't know if she died in hospital, or here, because he would give all the children a home birth, too. There was never a doctor present.”

The neighbour in Hasselt knew of an Austrian man named Josef B., too. He moved into the house next door to the family. They even made a door in the garden wall, connecting both houses. He apparently knew them before he moved to Hasselt and was, like them, always in a hurry, scared, unapproachable. 

“It was as if he was under pressure,” said Soer, but she never thought Josef was pulling the strings. “It seemed like he was a bit afraid of the dad. It could be the father became ill and Josef B. took over.”

The Austrian newspaper Kronen Zeitung spoke to Josef B.'s brother, who said he has not been in touch for more than 10 years. "He was always looking out for his own interests," his brother claimed. The funeral of his father, his mother, he missed them both. "He was with a sect, thought he was better than Jesus." 

Whatever old Josef B. believed, Jan Zon van Dorsten seems to have grown quite weary of the family cult’s lonely life. On his Linkedin profile he wrote, “Personal? Authentic? Life story? Value? Goals? Pfff, I thought. How should I incorporate all this into my story if I barely have it? What do you have when you are only 25, nothing? Or do you...”

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