Dossier Oss is about the occurrences around the ‘Bende van Oss”. In the period of 1890-1940 a number of criminal families committed a thousand of criminals facts, from knife-pulling and smashing windows to arson, robberies and even assassination. The municipal police received little respect from the population and it was difficult to get a grip on the crimes. Strengthening of the Military Police was not a superfluous luxury.
A visit to Dossier Oss creates brightness about which role the Military Police has in this period. The visitor is being taken into the run-up to and the consequences of the unrest in this small community. Hereby they meets the protagonist from the turbulent period and they learns more about the often specially relations between Military Police, police, the life of the thieves’ guild and the final political consequences of the disturbed order. Around the café table the visitor is challenged to solve a few crimes: Who has who murdered, how, but above all why?
Photo: Anne Reitsma