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Over the years there has been much discussion regarding the relationship between crime and religious sects How were crime justified Where and how were the robberies committed In the article Crime in the Netherlands in the sixteenth century Janzma studies the issue of robbery in relation to the Appelman-Batenburg group and the followers of Johan Willems by exploring the socioeconomic and political conditions responsible for their survivalAccording to the author the Appelman-Batenburg sect was more organized than most since they had organized a criminal network of spies locksmiths and goldsmiths This would ensure that the loot would be well hidden and new operations could be planned Secondly their raids were carried out in secrecy Since they were scattered this allowed the group to disperse over a greater surface area According to the author this was a wise move since it allowed the members to continue to steal while learning of the fate of other leaders which had been caughtOn the other hand the Johan Willem sect were more concentrated in the area around Wetzel Guelders and Overijssel This group comprised mostly of people who had been members of the Appelman-Batenburg group as well as those who had escaped the siege of MnsterUnlike the Appelman-Batenburg sect the John Willem group stole mostly from churches however did also steal from houses and monasteries However like the Appelman-Batenburg they did carry out their raids in secrecy In addition the author also discussed the theme of violence Although violence was rarely used during the raids it was not uncommon for members to kill their victims or even other members to avoid being recognized In addition the author adds that for the Appelman-Batenburg sect murder was also used as a ploy to not rouse the suspicion in the neighbourhood in which they robbedThe main difference between these two groups is seen in the way in which justification to commit these acts were perceived For the Appelman-Batenburg robbery was seen
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