- Jun 12, 2007
Clown accused of murdering ex livestreams police standoff
A twisted Belgian clown convinced his yodeling sidekick to help him kill his former girlfriend in front of her three kids, and then livestreamed the ensuing standoff with police, according to disturbing new reports.
The clown, Kevin Lapeire, 31, star of “Belgium’s Got Talent,” did not get along with the three children of his 47-year-old ex, identified by local media as Caroline D, the UK’s Telegraph reported.
The discord resulted in the couple’s breakup, leading Lapeire to seek revenge with assistance from Dietwin Haegeman, 38, who appears as “Clown Tobi” — but is better known as “Dietwin the Yodeler.”
The crazed clowns were accused of breaking into the family’s home in Oudenberg, where they terrorized and tied up the 12-, 15- and 17-year-old children Sunday night.
“I am no longer a clinic clown but a crimi-clown. That’s how I will become famous,” Lapeire reportedly told them before calling their school to say they would be late for class Monday.
“I am a monster. I know that,” he added.
The clowns then proceeded to fatally stab Caroline, whose body was found Monday in the garage. The children were found tied up upstairs.
The attack was carried out on Belgium’s Mother’s Day.
Later Monday, a defiant Lapeire — who entertained sick kids as “Doctor Aspirin” — stood on the roof of a 13-story building in Bredene as he waved and fired off a handgun while surrounded by police snipers before they finally collared him.
His alleged accomplice also was nabbed.
The children’s dad told Belgian news outlet Het Laatste Nieuws that “all my care and attention now goes to them.”