Friday, September 23, 2016 - 08:25
UK celeb to be grilled over 12 bodies pulled from Amsterdam canals in '88
British television star CJ de Mooi, real name Joseph Connagh, was arrested for a murder he claims to have committed in Amsterdam in 1988. In his biography, De Mooi claims he punched a junkie hard in the face and dumped him into the canal. "I assume that I killed him." The Prosecutor does not know who the victim was, but 12 bodies were found in the water that year, AD reports. In his biography, Connagh writes that he lived on the Amsterdam streets in the 80's, earning money as a prostitute. One night a man, "obviously a huge drug user", attacked him with a knife. "He hit me on the wrong day; something snapped in me. I hit him hard in the face, hit the knife from his hand and threw him in the canal. I assume that I killed him. I have o idea what happened to him." On Thursday the Public Prosecutor in Amsterdam issued an arrest warrant against him and Connagh was arrested. "Connagh says he threw a drug addict in the canal in 1988", a spokesperson for the Prosecutor said to AD. "We don't know the victim, but we did find bodies in the water. therefore we want to question him. This case has not yet been barred." Journalist Eric Slot thinks he knows who the victim is - a 36-year-old German junkie whose body was found in the water of Nieuwe Gracht on June 16th, 1988. He was hit on the head with a "blunt instrument" and dumped in the water, where he drowned. A call for witnesses in the Telegraaf revealed no information and the murder was never solved. "The crime scene was Wertheimpark, known as a place where prostitutes meet their clients. CJ de Mooi worked as a prostitute." he said to the newspaper. "Such boys often operate in parks such as the Wertheimpark, in which many junkies and alcoholics also hung out."