Case 168

Guðmundur & Geirfinnur Einarsson

In January 1974, 18-year-old Guðmundur Einarsson enjoyed a night out with friends in the town of Hafnarfjordur, Iceland. At the end of the evening, he walked into a wild snowstorm and was never seen again. Ten months later, in November 1974, 32-year-old Geirfinnur Einarsson (no relation) 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 involving fraud, alcohol smuggling, nightmares, nightclubs, and murder. In a case riddled with false confessions, memory injections, and memory distrust syndrome, knowing who to believe was not as easy as it seems.



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Living on the lava field

Reykjavik Confessions



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


Out of Thin Air – Netflix Australia



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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