Friday, February 24, 2012

Freaky (Factual) Tale Friday: Swedish twins go crazy, developsuperpowers, and kill a man; no drugs or explanation found.

(photo @ realfoodfreaks)

Ursula and Sabina Erickson are twins that were born in western Sweden in 1967.  In 2003, the two women left their homeland for different countries; Sabina settled in Ireland with her husband and two children, while Ursula went to the United States.

On May 16, 2008, the twins met up in Ireland and headed to Liverpool, England.  Sabina did not leave a note behind for her husband and two children.  The two women were concerned about the kids, however, because at 8:30 AM on May 17, they went into a police station in Liverpool to report their "concerns" about the children's well being.  

Why they went to a police station in Liverpool about the welfare of Sabina's children in Ireland....or what they were actually concerned about...is unknown.  No record exists as to what those concerns actually were.


Actual mugshot of Sabina Eriksson
photo @ dailymail.co.uk
Here's a vaild concern:  Their mom is crazy.


After the police got done with what was probably a very awkward and confusing conversation, the sisters decided to take a train ride to London.  They disembarked during an unscheduled stop and began walking down the M6 motorway.

Inexplicably, the two women began trying to dart over 6 lanes of traffic.  CCTV cameras and a small camera crew filming an episode of Motorway Cops captured some bizarre video of the two women causing massive traffic issues and nearly getting themselves killed.  Police tried to intervene and talk to the women about the dangers of attempting a real life game of 'Frogger.'

Then this happened:
(Warning:  This video is a bit graphic and a little long.  There is a handy recap posted below).




Here is a shorter version of the video that should be up if the one above is down (which seems to randomly happen once in a while).




So to recap:

-Ursula runs into an oncoming semi truck and survives (albeit with major injuries)

-Sabina runs in front of a car and is knocked into the air.  She also survives, but is knocked unconscious.

-Despite her entire lower body being crushed, Ursula tries to get up.  As police tend to her, it becomes evident that she is very pissed off.


"BULL #$&%!  I know I moved my joystick in time!


-Ursula screams and spits at the police officers attempting to assist her.  She continually declares that she knows "they are not real."

-Sabina wakes up

-A police officer attempts to restrain Sabina from running away and promptly gets punched in the face.

-Sabina runs across even more traffic, but is finally caught by emergency workers and members of the public.

-It takes six people to restrain her, but Sabina still is able to resist (until being sedated).  As the group tried keep her restrained, she also yelled that they are "not real" and want to "steal her organs."



It gets weirder


While Ursula was taken to the hospital for her injuries and kept there overnight (and for a few weeks afterwards), Sabina spent a few hours there before heading off with the police.

Unlike her last encounter with officers of the law, however, she was very calm and incredibly friendly...like, creepy friendly.  She even tried to flirt with one of the officers.

She and her sister (who she never even asked about while in police custody) were also both tested for drugs.  I'm guessing that most of you (like myself) figured that drugs would have been the primary cause for Sabina and Ursula going completely psycho and exhibiting near superhuman levels of strength and pain tolerance


As Wayne Brady would say:  "That's PCP..."

Well not only was it not PCP, but they both tested clean for any sort of drugs or alcohol in their systems.  The police said that Sabina appeared to be a "bit odd," but she was deemed harmless.  After being charged with trespassing on a motorway and assaulting a police officer, she was released on time already served in custody.

When they called Sabina's husband to inform him of what had happened, he had no idea where she was or why she had left.

In case you want to feel your skin crawl, the clip of Sabina calmly speaking/flirting with police officers and worrying about how her shoes look is embedded below.




Oh wait, it gets even weirder

At around 7:00 that evening, two local men, Glenn Hollinshead and Peter Molloy, noticed Sabina walking down the street and looking very confused.  She carried her possessions (a red coat, laptop, and phone) in a clear plastic bag from the police station and was incredibly worried about her sister, who was still in the hospital.

Glenn offered to have her back over to his house to get some food (she hadn't eaten all day).  That's when things got a little strange.  Sabina continuously looked out the window as if she was hiding from someone.  She offered cigarettes to the men, then quickly snatched them away, stating that they may be "poisoned."
Peter decided to go home, while Glenn offered to let Sabina stay that night because he was concerned for her well being...and not at all because she was a blonde Swedish woman.




The next morning, Glenn called the hospital to ask about Ursula.  He then went next door to ask his neighbor for some tea.  A little over a minute later, he staggered back outside with multiple stab wounds, proclaimed "she's stabbed me," and died very soon afterward from his wounds.  Sabina fled the house as Glenn's neighbor called the police.

As Sabina fled from the house, multiple witnesses observed her periodically hitting herself over the head with a hammer.  She then jumped 40 feet from a bridge onto the road below, breaking multiple bones and earning a trip to the hospital...after which she was arrested charged with the murder of Glenn Hollinsworth.



But wait, there's more...


During extensive police questioning and her trial, Sabina repeatedly answered "no comment" and claimed "diminished responsibility" for her actions due to her mental state at the time of the killing (though she seemed perfectly sane during the trial).  

Due to legal complexities involving a person's psychological state at the time of a murder, and the fact that she had been determined to no longer show any signs of mental illness, the sentence ended up being incredibly light.

Sabina was sentenced on September 2, 2010 to 5 years in prison, with 439 days already served.  She is currently still in touch with her sister, Ursula.  She is also scheduled to be paroled...last year.



So if a deranged Swedish woman asks to stay at your house for the night, ask yourself if you really feel like you could survive an attack from a psychotic with super strength...and where you keep your hammers.


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