Case 168

Guðmundur & Geirfinnur Einarsson

In January 1974, 18-year-old Guðmundur Einarsson went missing from Hafnarfjordur, Iceland following a night out with friends. He walked off into a wild snowstorm and was never seen again. Ten months later, in November 1974, 32-year-old Geirfinnur Einarsson also disappeared from the Icelandic fishing town of Keflavik. In a country with next to no homicide, foul play was considered immediately.  

Under immense public pressure to solve the case, it wasn’t long before petty criminal Saevar Ciesielski and his girlfriend, Erla Bolladóttir were questioned by police. Termed the “Reykjavik Confessions,” what emerged was an unbelievable tale about money fraud, alcohol smuggling, nightmares, nightclubs and murder. In a case riddled with false confessions, memory injections and memory distrust syndrome knowing who to believe is not as easy as it would seem.

CREDITS

 

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RESOURCES

 

BOOKS

Out of Thin Air – Anthony Adeane

The Reykjavik Confessions – Simon Cox

 

WEBSITES

Living on the lava field

Reykjavik Confessions

 

ARTICLES

Gudmundur and Geirfinnur Cold Case Reopened? – Iceland Review

All found innocent in the Gudmundur and Geirfinns case, 44 years after the supposed crimes were committed – Iceland Monitor

“Deep down I knew it didn’t happen”: The woman who imagined a murder – The Guardian

Compensation awarded in Gudmundur and Geirfinnur case – Iceland Review

AUDIO/VIDEO

Out of Thin Air – Netflix Australia

 

OTHER

Restoring a life on the margins. How my Grandfather’s diaries from his time in solitary confinement have been used in pursuit of post-mortem justice, and why Iceland has more to reckon with than just our tarnished name – Thesis by Tryggvi Brynjarsson

 

 

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