Out of Thin Air: A True Story of Impossible Murder in Iceland

Out of Thin Air: A True Story of Impossible Murder in Iceland

by Anthony Adeane


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In 1974, two men vanished without a trace under suspicious circumstances, shocking the people of Iceland, where serious crime is almost nonexistent. More than a year later, there seemed to be a breakthrough when a small-time crook named Erla Bolladottir described a dream to police that they interpreted as a sign of trauma related to the men's disappearance.

After lengthy interrogations, investigations, and courtroom dramas, Erla and five acquaintances confessed to killing both men and were given prison sentences ranging from three years to life. But over the years, the case against the convicted six began to disintegrate, and one major question remained unanswered: Why had they all confessed to murder if they hadn't done it?

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ISBN-13: 9781642931259
Publisher: Post Hill Press
Publication date: 10/30/2018
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

A Note on Names vii

Key Names ix

Chapter 1 Into Thin Air 1

Chapter 2 By the Red Light 21

Chapter 3 Nightmare at Hamarsbraut 11 45

Chapter 4 The Nightclub and the Politician 73

Chapter 5 Kommissar Kugelblitz 101

Intermission 127

Chapter 6 Drown the Rat 133

Chapter 7 Dad's Place 175

Chapter 8 Memory of a Murder 207

Chapter 9 Scapegoat 235

Epilogue: Out of Thin Air 265

Acknowledgments 275

Annotated Bibliography 277

Index 283

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