Criminal turned crime blogger, Kok

This is an interesting story of a murderer who turned into a crime blogger and challenged criminals while writing about them and living a life full of adventure, threats, pleasure, controversies, notoriety and fame.

The story of Martin Kok's life, as it has appeared on Wired, lucidly shows how crime and crime blogging are going hand in hand in Holland. Kok's blog Vlinderscrime (=butterflies) became highly popular (a million visitors a month, according to a separate report), received advertisements and was quoted in the mainstream media. 

As a blogger, Kok didn't care for fact-checking and disclosing people's identities. He wrote about people indiscreetly and challenged them, and his links in the underworld made him a highly resourceful crime blogger.

A number of attempts were made on Kok's life, and he finally succumbed to an ambush outside a brothel near Amsterdam, on 8th December 2016. 

His blog is, as expected, dead. His Twitter account is still alive and shows 17.8 thousand followers!

Screen shot of Kok's Twitter account

This post is based primarily on the article 'The Strange Life of a Murder Turned Crime Blogger' in Wired with inputs from other sources.

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