Norwegian murder cases

Hel

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In this thread I will post about some of the more infamous murder cases in Norwegian history, usually in criminal cases here, a lot of information is with held from the public, but I'll do my best to present each one with accurate information and pictures if there are any available.


Murder of Rigmor Johnsen, Oslo 7. desember 1957


Victim: Rigmor Johnsen

7. december 1957 at 01:25, Firemen were called out too Skippergata 6 B, Oslo in response to a fire, at the scene they found the body of 16 year old Rigmor stuffed under a charred sofa, she had been strangled to death, she also had bite marks on her upper chest and light burns on her hands and legs.

Bite mark on Rigmor's left breast


Rigmor's clothes, with visible blood and burn marks


Suspect: Fredrik Fasting Torgersen

23 year old Fredrik Fasting Torgersen had a criminal record and he was the main suspect in the Rigmor case, based on the evidence at the time linking him to the scene he was convicted and sentenced to life in prison(max 21 years) and 10 years of preventive detention for the murder of Rigmor Johnsen, he served 16 and a half years of the sentence and was released in 1974, he insist on his innocence and have requested his case be resumed five times(1958,1973, 1997, 2004 and 2007) all his appeals have been rejected.


Murder of Sigrid Heggheim, Trondheim 11. September 1976

Victim: Sigrid Heggheim

11. september 1976, the body of 20 year old Sigrid Heggheim was found strangled in a farm field. The case remained cold until 1981 when Fritz Moen who was already serving 16 years for murdering another woman in 1977 confessed to the killing.

Bruises on Sigrid Heggheim's face and body



Suspect: Fritz Moen

Fritz Moen was a deaf and mildly retarded man who was coerced and intimidated by the police into confessing to the murder of two women in 1976 and 1977, he was sentenced to 20 years in prison for both murders, he was released in 1999 after having served 18 years of his sentence.
In 2000 Moen's attorney requested his case be re-examined, the sentence was overturned based on Police misconduct, a lack of any concrete evidence and he was aquitted for the murders in 2004 and in 2005 another man confessed to the murders on his deathbed, Fritz Moen died in 2007, 67 years old.

Reconstruction of the murder of Sigrid Heggheim as shown by Fritz Moen
 
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The unsolved murder of Edvard Rustad - January 1934

The Rustad murder is a term used to describe the killing of wholesaler Edward Rustad in January 1934, which is considered one of the major unsolved criminal cases in Norwegian criminal history.
It received much media attention at the time and many years after, the case is often mentioned by crime reporters when unsolved murder cases are mentioned.


Edvard Rustad was a wholesaler from Oslo, though in reality he was more of a scrap dealer, through his work it's suspected he had made connections in the black market circles in Oslo, according to witnesses who saw Rustad before his disappearance, he had recieved a phone call and had then told his employees that he had to take a ride out of town.


It's believed that Rustad was killed somewhere on the outskirts of Oslo, then the perpetrator(s) drove to Grev Wedels Plass and left the car and body there, witnesses who claimed they saw the driver described a harsh looking man with sharp features and staring eyes.


Rustad was shoot four times in the back of the head with a small caliber pistol


Bullets found on the scene was of the type "Western 25 Auto", which had not been available in Europe since the 1920's, which led some people to believe that the killer could have been an American. The Oslo Police chief contacted the FBI to see if they could help with this sort of case, their answer stated it was obvious that "Mr Rustad had been taken for a ride"


Police investigate Rustad's Dodge A 3133


Grev Wedels Plass, where the car and body was discovered


Rustad's shop


To this day there have been made no public list of suspects and there is no evidence linking anyone to the crime, now 81 years later the crime is still unsolved.
 
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Isdalskvinnen(The Isdal woman)

29. November, 1970 in Isdal outside Bergen, the nude and partially charred remains of a woman was discovered by a father and his two daughters who were hiking in the area,the body was found in a part of the valley called Dødsdalen(Death valley) and next to the body there was a fireplace with burnt-out passports, the offical police report concluded that she had commited suicide, but this conclusion remains very controversial, the autopsy revealed that she had been hit with force in the throat and that she had digested a lot of sleeping pills before death.
The police managed to trace the women to two suitcases left at the train station in Bergen, but anything that might have helped identify the women had been carefully removed including fingerprints and cloth labels, there was also a prescription lotion but the name of the doctor had been removed, in one of the suitcases they also found a coded diary, which was believed to pinpoint each location the woman had visited.
The police made a phantom drawing based on witness descriptions of the woman, she was described as being in her 30's or early 40's, about 1'64 tall, with small eyes and a beautiful face.
The police discovered that she had travelled through Norway and Europe in disguise under several different aliases using false passports, witnesses also said she was fluent in many languages including German, French, English and Dutch. An Italian photograper came forward and told the Police during questioning that he had dined with the woman, who had told him that she was a tourist from Johannesburg, South Africa. The questioning of the Italian did not lead to revealing the identity of the woman and the Police were without any further leads, but there were many speculations and theories, she had nine fake passports and therfore many believed that she might have been a spy.
One theory is that she was an Israeli spy that had defected and was liquidated by her own, while another theory is that she was working for the KGB and was found out and killed by the Norwegian PST(Police security service) who then covered up the killing, many people believe the police have deliberately led the case astray and the official conclusion that she was a check swindler from South America that commited suicide and fell into the fire was rediculed by many private investigators. There have been written many books about the Isdal woman both fact and fiction, but her true identity still remains a mystery.


Timeline

20. march - The woman travels from Geneve to Oslo.
21. march to 24. march - She stays at Viking hotel in Oslo, under the alias Genevieve Lancier.
24. march - Flies from Oslo to Stavanger and takes a ferry to Bergen, she spends the night at Hotel Bristol under the alias Claudia Tielt.
25. march - 1. April - She lives at Hotel Scandia still using the name Claudia Tielt.
1. april - She travels from Bergen to Stavanger and from there to Kristiansand, Hamburg and Basel. This is the last trace of the Isdal woman in Norway until she reappear in Oslo six months later.
3. october - She travels from Stockholm to Oslo and from there to Oppdal tourist hotel with an Italian photographer, they later dine togheter at Hotel Alexandra in Loen.
22. october - She spents a night at Hotel Altona in Paris.
23. october to 29. october - She stays at Hotel de Calais in Paris
29. october to 30. october - She travels from Paris to Stavanger and from there to Bergen
30. october to 5. november - She checks in at the Hotel Neptun in Bergen under the name Alexia Zerner-Merches, at the hotel she meets an unidentified man.
6. november - She travels to Trondheim
6. november to 8. november - She stays at the Hotel Bristol in Trondheim under the name Vera Jarle.
9. november - She travels from Trondheim to Oslo and from there to Stavanger.
18. november - She stays at Hotel Rosenkrantz under the name Elisabeth Leenhower
19. november to 23. november - She stays at Hotell Hordaheimen and still use the alias Elisabeth Leenhower
23. november - She leaves Hordaheimen and travel to the train station were she places two suitcases in a locker
29. november - The woman is found dead in Isdalen.

 
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Hel

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"Jennifer Fergate" - The woman that did not exist

3. june 1995, at 8:00pm Police were called to Hotel Plaza in Oslo after reports of gunfire, in room 2805 they found the body of a dead woman with a 9 mm Browning-pistol in her hand, the Police found no pass or anything that could ID the woman, the woman had booked herself into the hotel as Jennifer Fergate with a false phone number and adress in Brussel, Belgium, but there were no records of a woman named Jennifer Fergate matching her description in Belgium. The case was sent to Interpol who could not find any match either.
There were no witnesses who had seen anyone entering or leaving the room a the time of the shooting so Police investigators believed that she most likely had commited suicide, but why would a Belgian woman travel to Norway under a fake alias, carefully remove any evidence of her own existence and then kill herself.
Any hope of getting an ID on her became even more difficult when the little evidence that existed in the case (a gold ring, an earring and a watch) was "lost" by the Police.
 
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The Hadeland murders

The Hadeland murders took place on 22 February 1981 when two men were killed on a bridge between Avalsjøen and Leirsjøen in Lunner, Hadeland.
The perpetrators were Johnny Olsen, John Charles Hoff and Espen Lund. They were all members of the Neo-Nazi group 'Norges Germanske Arme'(Norway's Germanic Army). Two of the perpetrators had military backgrounds, Hoff had been a member of the Home Guard, while Lund had been a sergeant in the Army. The five men had previously stolen weapons from a warehouse belonging to the Home Guard. The two victims wanted to be paid for the theft and thus fell out of favor with Lund, who also feared that they would snitch to the police. Lund therefore gave the order to have the two men killed.
Lund and his conspirators knew, however, that one of the two had already cracked under questioning by the police and that the police were present in the area with plans to apprehend them. When they were crossing the bride Olsen shot the two victims in the back with an MP40 machine gun. While trying to escape they exchanged gunfire with the police who had set up road blocks and were in pursuit, the car chase ended when their car went off the road and got stuck in the snow. Olsen and Lund was sentenced to 18 years in prison and after 12 years behind bars, they were released on probation in 1993. Hoff was sentenced to 12 years for the double murder and served 7 years.

Aerial photos of the crime scene



The murder weapons



Trail 1982



 
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Isdalskvinnen(The Isdal woman)

29. November, 1970 in Isdal outside Bergen, the nude and partially charred remains of a woman was discovered by a father and his two daughters who were hiking in the area,the body was found in a part of the valley called Dødsdalen(Death valley) and next to the body there was a fireplace with burnt-out passports, the offical police report concluded that she had commited suicide, but this conclusion remains very controversial, the autopsy revealed that she had been hit with force in the throat and that she had digested a lot of sleeping pills before death.
The police managed to trace the women to two suitcases left at the train station in Bergen, but anything that might have helped identify the women had been carefully removed including fingerprints and cloth labels, there was also a prescription lotion but the name of the doctor had been removed, in one of the suitcases they also found a coded diary, which was believed to pinpoint each location the woman had visited.
The police made a phantom drawing based on witness descriptions of the woman, she was described as being in her 30's or early 40's, about 1'64 tall, with small eyes and a beautiful face.
The police discovered that she had travelled through Norway and Europe in disguise under several different aliases using false passports, witnesses also said she was fluent in many languages including German, French, English and Dutch. An Italian photograper came forward and told the Police during questioning that he had dined with the woman, who had told him that she was a tourist from Johannesburg, South Africa. The questioning of the Italian did not lead to revealing the identity of the woman and the Police were without any further leads, but there were many speculations and theories, she had nine fake passports and therfore many believed that she might have been a spy.
One theory is that she was an Israeli spy that had defected and was liquidated by her own, while another theory is that she was working for the KGB and was found out and killed by the Norwegian PST(Police security service) who then covered up the killing, many people believe the police have deliberately led the case astray and the official conclusion that she was a check swindler from South America that commited suicide and fell into the fire was rediculed by many private investigators. There have been written many books about the Isdal woman both fact and fiction, but her true identity still remains a mystery.


Timeline

20. march - The woman travels from Geneve to Oslo.
21. march to 24. march - She stays at Viking hotel in Oslo, under the alias Genevieve Lancier.
24. march - Flies from Oslo to Stavanger and takes a ferry to Bergen, she spends the night at Hotel Bristol under the alias Claudia Tielt.
25. march - 1. April - She lives at Hotel Scandia still using the name Claudia Tielt.
1. april - She travels from Bergen to Stavanger and from there to Kristiansand, Hamburg and Basel. This is the last trace of the Isdal woman in Norway until she reappear in Oslo six months later.
3. october - She travels from Stockholm to Oslo and from there to Oppdal tourist hotel with an Italian photographer, they later dine togheter at Hotel Alexandra in Loen.
22. october - She spents a night at Hotel Altona in Paris.
23. october to 29. october - She stays at Hotel de Calais in Paris
29. october to 30. october - She travels from Paris to Stavanger and from there to Bergen
30. october to 5. november - She checks in at the Hotel Neptun in Bergen under the name Alexia Zerner-Merches, at the hotel she meets an unidentified man.
6. november - She travels to Trondheim
6. november to 8. november - She stays at the Hotel Bristol in Trondheim under the name Vera Jarle.
9. november - She travels from Trondheim to Oslo and from there to Stavanger.
18. november - She stays at Hotel Rosenkrantz under the name Elisabeth Leenhower
19. november to 23. november - She stays at Hotell Hordaheimen and still use the alias Elisabeth Leenhower
23. november - She leaves Hordaheimen and travel to the train station were she places two suitcases in a locker
29. november - The woman is found dead in Isdalen.

This is very strange. I would like to read one of the books about her. Good thread you have going here. Good work!
 

tero

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"Jennifer Fergate" - The woman that did not exist

3. june 1995, at 8:00pm Police were called to Hotel Plaza in Oslo after reports of gunfire, in room 2805 they found the body of a dead woman with a 9 mm Browning-pistol in her hand, the Police found no pass or anything that could ID the woman, the woman had booked herself into the hotel as Jennifer Fergate with a false phone number and adress in Brussel, Belgium, but there were no records of a woman named Jennifer Fergate matching her description in Belgium. The case was sent to Interpol who could not find any match either.
There were no witnesses who had seen anyone entering or leaving the room a the time of the shooting so Police investigators believed that she most likely had commited suicide, but why would a Belgian woman travel to Norway under a fake alias, carefully remove any evidence of her own existence and then kill herself.
Any hope of getting an ID on her became even more difficult when the little evidence that existed in the case (a gold ring, an earring and a watch) was "lost" by the Police.
HEL TJANKS FOR THESE FASINATING STORIES WE IN AMERICA WOULD OTHERWISE NEVER OF HEARG OF LOVE THEM ALL......
 
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Hel

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Unsolved Murders

Birgitte Tengs, 6. may 1995
Birgitte Tengs fas found raped and murderd near her home in Koppervik, Karmøy.
Her cousin was indicted and acquitted for the murder, but was later ordered by the court to pay compensation to the victims parents.


Trude Espås, 8. august 1996
21 year old Trude was found raped and murderd under some rubble near Geiranger, there have been no charges in the case, but the Swedish murder and rapist Anders Eklund is a suspect.


Jan Krogh Jensen, 15. july 1996
A Bandidos member who was shot and killed while driving through Mjøndalen in Buskerud. A member from a rival outlaw MC club was indicted but later acquitted for the murder.


Marie-Louise Bendiktsen, 15. july 1998
Marie-Louise Bendiktsen was found dead inside her burned out house, she had been raped and stabbed to death, the case have been dismissed twice in court.

(Phantom drawing of the suspect, who was spotted outside Bendiksen's house before the murder)

Kristin Juel Johannessen, 5. august 1999

12 year old Kristin Juel Johannessen was found strangled in Mørk, Larvik. A man was convicted based on DNA evidence but was later acquitted for the murder.

Terje Skogen, 11. may 2000
18 year old Terje Skogen disappeares from Rena, one year later his murdered remains are found in marshy area close to Elverum, two of his friends were indicted for the murder but the charges were later dropped.


Tina Jørgensen, 24. september 2000
20 year old Tina Jørgensen disappeared after a night out, a month later her naked murderd body is found hidden under a manhole cover, her boyfriend is charged for the murder, but the case is later dismissed because of a lack of evidence.


Hung Quoc Nguyen, 3. february 2004
Hung Quoc Nguyen was a Vietnamese gang member who was shot and killed by masked men in Sandaker, Oslo. Five rival gang members were indicted in his killing, but the case was dismissed in 2012.


Trine Frantzen, 6. may 2004
31 year old Trine Frantzen was reported missing when she failed to collect her social welfare , her boyfriend was later suspected being involved in her disappearancebut but the case was later dismissed, she have never been found.


Najaf Abbas,14. may 2006
The Pakistani Najaf was found shot in the head inside his own resturant, so far the case remain unresolved, but rumor would have it that Najaf had a one million bounty on his head in the criminal underworld and it's suspected that either hitman or someone working for a criminal gang killed him.


Dung Tran Larsen, 14. july 2007
22 year old Vietnamese Dung Tran Larsen disappeared from her home in Bergen, her Norwegian husband and some of his family members were indicted, but the case was later dismissed, her body have never been found.


Rafael Flis, 26. april 2012
The Polish national Rafael Flis was found stabbed to death in the back of the trunk of his own car, the murder remain unsolved.
 
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Hel

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The murder of Vibeche Danielsen

Trondheim. 16 January, 2014. 48 year old Vibeche Sofie Falch Danielsen is visiting two acquaintances, a 47 year old man and his 34 year old girlfriend, when suddenly the man turns on Vibeche hitting her in the head and neck with an axe, after Vibeche have bled to death the man cut off some of her fingers, the couple then wrap up the body and place it in an electric wheel chair, then they drove Vibeche's body about 1,5km before dumping it in Niderselva in central Trondheim. at 18:00 the same day Vibeche's boyfriend reports her missing, the police conducted a search and discover the battered remains of a woman at the bottom of the river, which was later identified as Vibeche.
The main suspects were from Vibeche's cricle and the Police do a search of the 47 year old and 34 year old couples apartment finding a t-shirt belonging to the 34 year old women with blood matching that of the murder victim.
At the murder trial the the 47 year old claimed he was in a haze and didn't remember killing Vibeche, also while in prison the 34 year old wrote a threatning letter to her own boyfriend:

" You can talk me into this or out of it, but if you choose yourself and drag me along into this, you're not going to get very fucking old xxxx"

The 47 year old was convicted of murder and sentenced to 14 years in prison, while the 34 year old was convicted of accessory to murder.










 
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Hel

Hel

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Isdalskvinnen(The Isdal woman)

29. November, 1970 in Isdal outside Bergen, the nude and partially charred remains of a woman was discovered by a father and his two daughters who were hiking in the area,the body was found in a part of the valley called Dødsdalen(Death valley) and next to the body there was a fireplace with burnt-out passports, the offical police report concluded that she had commited suicide, but this conclusion remains very controversial, the autopsy revealed that she had been hit with force in the throat and that she had digested a lot of sleeping pills before death.
The police managed to trace the women to two suitcases left at the train station in Bergen, but anything that might have helped identify the women had been carefully removed including fingerprints and cloth labels, there was also a prescription lotion but the name of the doctor had been removed, in one of the suitcases they also found a coded diary, which was believed to pinpoint each location the woman had visited.
The police made a phantom drawing based on witness descriptions of the woman, she was described as being in her 30's or early 40's, about 1'64 tall, with small eyes and a beautiful face.
The police discovered that she had travelled through Norway and Europe in disguise under several different aliases using false passports, witnesses also said she was fluent in many languages including German, French, English and Dutch. An Italian photograper came forward and told the Police during questioning that he had dined with the woman, who had told him that she was a tourist from Johannesburg, South Africa. The questioning of the Italian did not lead to revealing the identity of the woman and the Police were without any further leads, but there were many speculations and theories, she had nine fake passports and therfore many believed that she might have been a spy.
One theory is that she was an Israeli spy that had defected and was liquidated by her own, while another theory is that she was working for the KGB and was found out and killed by the Norwegian PST(Police security service) who then covered up the killing, many people believe the police have deliberately led the case astray and the official conclusion that she was a check swindler from South America that commited suicide and fell into the fire was rediculed by many private investigators. There have been written many books about the Isdal woman both fact and fiction, but her true identity still remains a mystery.


Timeline

20. march - The woman travels from Geneve to Oslo.
21. march to 24. march - She stays at Viking hotel in Oslo, under the alias Genevieve Lancier.
24. march - Flies from Oslo to Stavanger and takes a ferry to Bergen, she spends the night at Hotel Bristol under the alias Claudia Tielt.
25. march - 1. April - She lives at Hotel Scandia still using the name Claudia Tielt.
1. april - She travels from Bergen to Stavanger and from there to Kristiansand, Hamburg and Basel. This is the last trace of the Isdal woman in Norway until she reappear in Oslo six months later.
3. october - She travels from Stockholm to Oslo and from there to Oppdal tourist hotel with an Italian photographer, they later dine togheter at Hotel Alexandra in Loen.
22. october - She spents a night at Hotel Altona in Paris.
23. october to 29. october - She stays at Hotel de Calais in Paris
29. october to 30. october - She travels from Paris to Stavanger and from there to Bergen
30. october to 5. november - She checks in at the Hotel Neptun in Bergen under the name Alexia Zerner-Merches, at the hotel she meets an unidentified man.
6. november - She travels to Trondheim
6. november to 8. november - She stays at the Hotel Bristol in Trondheim under the name Vera Jarle.
9. november - She travels from Trondheim to Oslo and from there to Stavanger.
18. november - She stays at Hotel Rosenkrantz under the name Elisabeth Leenhower
19. november to 23. november - She stays at Hotell Hordaheimen and still use the alias Elisabeth Leenhower
23. november - She leaves Hordaheimen and travel to the train station were she places two suitcases in a locker
29. november - The woman is found dead in Isdalen.



Recently published image from the crime scene


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Isdalskvinnen(The Isdal woman)

29. November, 1970 in Isdal outside Bergen, the nude and partially charred remains of a woman was discovered by a father and his two daughters who were hiking in the area,the body was found in a part of the valley called Dødsdalen(Death valley) and next to the body there was a fireplace with burnt-out passports, the offical police report concluded that she had commited suicide, but this conclusion remains very controversial, the autopsy revealed that she had been hit with force in the throat and that she had digested a lot of sleeping pills before death.
The police managed to trace the women to two suitcases left at the train station in Bergen, but anything that might have helped identify the women had been carefully removed including fingerprints and cloth labels, there was also a prescription lotion but the name of the doctor had been removed, in one of the suitcases they also found a coded diary, which was believed to pinpoint each location the woman had visited.
The police made a phantom drawing based on witness descriptions of the woman, she was described as being in her 30's or early 40's, about 1'64 tall, with small eyes and a beautiful face.
The police discovered that she had travelled through Norway and Europe in disguise under several different aliases using false passports, witnesses also said she was fluent in many languages including German, French, English and Dutch. An Italian photograper came forward and told the Police during questioning that he had dined with the woman, who had told him that she was a tourist from Johannesburg, South Africa. The questioning of the Italian did not lead to revealing the identity of the woman and the Police were without any further leads, but there were many speculations and theories, she had nine fake passports and therfore many believed that she might have been a spy.
One theory is that she was an Israeli spy that had defected and was liquidated by her own, while another theory is that she was working for the KGB and was found out and killed by the Norwegian PST(Police security service) who then covered up the killing, many people believe the police have deliberately led the case astray and the official conclusion that she was a check swindler from South America that commited suicide and fell into the fire was rediculed by many private investigators. There have been written many books about the Isdal woman both fact and fiction, but her true identity still remains a mystery.


Timeline

20. march - The woman travels from Geneve to Oslo.
21. march to 24. march - She stays at Viking hotel in Oslo, under the alias Genevieve Lancier.
24. march - Flies from Oslo to Stavanger and takes a ferry to Bergen, she spends the night at Hotel Bristol under the alias Claudia Tielt.
25. march - 1. April - She lives at Hotel Scandia still using the name Claudia Tielt.
1. april - She travels from Bergen to Stavanger and from there to Kristiansand, Hamburg and Basel. This is the last trace of the Isdal woman in Norway until she reappear in Oslo six months later.
3. october - She travels from Stockholm to Oslo and from there to Oppdal tourist hotel with an Italian photographer, they later dine togheter at Hotel Alexandra in Loen.
22. october - She spents a night at Hotel Altona in Paris.
23. october to 29. october - She stays at Hotel de Calais in Paris
29. october to 30. october - She travels from Paris to Stavanger and from there to Bergen
30. october to 5. november - She checks in at the Hotel Neptun in Bergen under the name Alexia Zerner-Merches, at the hotel she meets an unidentified man.
6. november - She travels to Trondheim
6. november to 8. november - She stays at the Hotel Bristol in Trondheim under the name Vera Jarle.
9. november - She travels from Trondheim to Oslo and from there to Stavanger.
18. november - She stays at Hotel Rosenkrantz under the name Elisabeth Leenhower
19. november to 23. november - She stays at Hotell Hordaheimen and still use the alias Elisabeth Leenhower
23. november - She leaves Hordaheimen and travel to the train station were she places two suitcases in a locker
29. november - The woman is found dead in Isdalen.


would love to read a book about this woman
 
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