It is not often that I watch a documentary all the way through with my mouth open in amazement, but watching Gladbeck: The Hostage Crisis on Netflix did that to me.
I don’t know how many times I burst out with “WTF?” and “I can’t believe this!” and similar; and you will too.
I know we’ve come a long way since the late 1980s, but this documentary needs to be shown to police forces worldwide as a “How NOT To Handle A Hostage Situation” guideline.
The Jackals Of The Press don’t come off covered with glory either — although I know that any other country’s Press, under the same circumstances, would have behaved the same or worse. (“And now, over to our reporter on the scene, Geraldo Rivera…” OMG, the mind boggles.)
And it ends terribly.