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Observer: Nasty Nick.

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'Nasty Nick':

http://observer.guardian.co.uk/magazine/st...1685103,00.html

When I ask where he gets his obsession with money from, he says without hesitation, 'My mother.' She made him walk to the newsagent every day from the age of five to save a penny a week delivery charge on her newspapers. And he remembers her exclaiming over a neighbour who was buying a 2s 6d tie on the never-never which meant he had to pay three shillings in the end, and her saying, '"That's why they're tenants and we own our house. And they'll always be tenants." And, of course,' he adds solemnly, 'since then I've seen that she was 100 per cent correct.'

[...snip...]

He left school at 16, joined the merchant navy and started buying land in the Bahamas which was then very cheap. At 18 he moved into Notting Hill Gate alongside Peter Rachman, buying houses very cheaply because they had rent-controlled tenants, but then 'persuading' the tenants to move. Favourite practices (that gave their name to Rachmanism) were removing roofs and staircases, or installing prostitutes to drive respectable tenants out. He later extended his property empire to Brighton, which is now his base in Britain.

[...snip...]

The press are always misreporting things, he grumbles. For instance, they say that he was convicted in 1968 of firebombing a rabbi's house but: a) he wasn't a rabbi, he was only a cantor, b ) it wasn't a firebomb it was only a hand-grenade, and c) he didn't lob the handgrenade personally, someone else did it.

For those who divide people into boring and interesting, Mr. Van Hoogstraten most definitely falls into the latter category.

Edited by Jeff Ross

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There was a documentary about him a few weeks back.

Very interesting character.

The reporter asked him various questions. One of VH's reply's was something like "do you want to find yourself floating face down in the thames"

The interesting thing wasn't the comment, it was the way it was said. You had absolutely no idea if VH was joking, or being deadly serious. You had absolutely no idea.

The reported mentioned that after spending a few days filming with the man, he thought it would take a psychiatrist years to even begin to understand the man.

He's obviously a very astute, and coldly ruthless businessman.

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Interesting for psychiatrists studying sadistic psycopaths perhaps. His existence is proof of the failing legal system; the attention the media give him a sad reflection of modern societies 'screw everyone to get on' motive/ focus.

Funny, all that money and still crazy, perhaps he will one day pluck up the courage to seek therapy and change.

A positive point was the murder of Raja, a similar evil slum landlord, I was once one of his tenants. Brighton & hove appears to attract so many major convicted criminals.

I feel for the tenants, who are usually the desperate type who have no choice but to put up with such abusive landlords.

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There was a documentary about him a few weeks back.

Very interesting character.

The reporter asked him various questions. One of VH's reply's was something like "do you want to find yourself floating face down in the thames"

:lol:

Forgive me for thinking this but I couldn't help recalling TTRTR when seeing this, maybe he's the antipodean doppelgänger?

I must add VH understands the quid-pro-quo perfectly and it doesn't take long for him to realise this is a master/slave relationship from his point of view, hence this constant reference to 'serfs'.

Edited by BuyingBear

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Words to brilliant Carter USM hit, Sheriff Fatman - much played in the early 90's ...

Sheriff Fatman started out in business

as a granny farmer

he was infamous for fifteen minutes

and he appeared in Panorama

Then he somehow got himself on board

The Starship Enterprise Allowance Scheme

With a Prince of Wales award

for pushing valium and amphetamines

Now he's moving up onto second base

behind Nicholas Van Wotsisface

At six foot six and a hundred tons

the undisputed king of the slums

With more alias' than Klaus Barbie

the master butcher of Leigh-on-Sea

Just about to take the stage

the one and only

hold the front page

Fatman's got something to sell

to the capital's homeless

At The Crossroads Motel

for the no-fixed-abodeless

Where you can live life in style

you can sleep in a closet

And if you flash him a smile

he'll take your teeth as deposit

There's bats in the belfry

the windows are jammed

The toilets ain't healthy

and he don't give a damn

he just chuckles and smiles

and laughs like a madman,

a born again Rachman

Here comes Sheriff Fatman

With his valium, amphetamines

his sick notes and his phoney prescriptions

And just when you thought it was safe

to go back into the kitchen, Dead legs and cracked heads

Bunk-beds and breakfasts

Wake up you sleepy headcases . . . check this . . .

Moving up now to take the place

of Nicholas Van Wotsisface

At six foot six and a hundred tons

the undisputed king of the slums

With more alias' than Klaus Barbie

the master butcher of Leigh-on-Sea

In a hatchback from Notre Dame,

the one and only Sheriff Fatman

In goes another left hook

and now I'm losing my patience

Someone call up Roger Cook and The United Nations

he's buying up houses for hasbeens (help me)

From Lands End to Southend and Chelsea

There's bats in the belfrey

the windows are jammed

The toilets ain't healthy

he don't give a damn

He just chuckles and smiles

and laughs like a madman

Ladies and gentlemen,

I give you . . .

SHERIFF FATMAN!

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