Three years ago I bought some Ethereum. Little as I knew I put some of it in a smart contract.

The smart contract says it has 0.21 ether. https://etherscan.io/address/0x6Ca3EB0184E652fa3b959bfA6632ab90cda401ab

But it seems to be self destructed.

Self destruct

It also tells me that the money is transferred to my account. https://etherscan.io/tx/0x54e90b0f32993677a1e93945b13d9668f8db536735f22dab0d5db43f9737ac8c#internal

Transfer to account

But when I look into my account I can't see the ether added to it. https://etherscan.io/address/0xf958cf4b12c5f2b0ccf1b386cef873298197f45e

My question is: How to i retrieve the money from my smart contract. And get it in my account.

I can access my account with a wallet. But I don't have any more information about the smart contract other than the address.

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I'm not 100% sure what's happened here, but...

The smart contract was indeed self-destructed - via the kill() function - in the transaction you've pointed to (this one).

During the self-destruct the ETH in the contract was sent to your wallet address, again which you've pointed to.

At this point the contract's state would have been wiped. It's important to note that you shouldn't interact with a destroyed contract.

However, the next transaction from your wallet (this one) seems to have then attempted to call the kill() function a second time, which won't work on a self-destructed contract.

What's more unfortunate is that you sent your 0.21 ETH with that second kill() transaction, meaning the ETH is back in the contract.

I'm suspecting that the ETH is now stuck, and that further calls to kill() to try to recover the ETH will fall on deaf ears: the contract is no longer call-able.

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