It’s a spring afternoon in the English town of Stevenage, near London, and 36-year-old Dutchman Andy van den Hurk, who is living in the town, walks into the local police station. According to a Facebook post he made earlier that day, van den Hurk wants to confess to the murder of his sister – a teenager who died in the Netherlands 16 years prior. But soon new facts about the case will be revealed, and matters are a lot more confused than they may appear.
On July 4, 1980, Angelika Tegtmeier gave birth to a baby girl she named Nicole in Erkelenz, a town in western Germany. Tegtmeier was in a relationship with Ad van den Hurk, a Dutch singer, but Nicole was actually conceived out of a clandestine relationship that Tegtmeier was involved in with a married German entrepreneur. And although the married man would pay towards Nicole’s upkeep, van den Hurk was convinced that the girl was his. Two years later, Tegtmeier and van den Hurk subsequently got married, and the family settled in Veldhoven, a small town near Eindhoven in the Netherlands.
Under Dutch law, van den Hurk was now legally recognized as the child’s father. He maintained that he was “the true father of Nicole,” adding, “You’re assuming what’s on paper. But I believe what Angie told me… ‘You’re the father of Nicole,’” he told local newspaper Eindhovens Dagblad. And after the couple divorced in 1989, van den Hurk was granted custody of Nicole.