Case 222

Karina Holmer

In 1996, Karina Holmer left her small Swedish village of Skillingaryd to travel to Boston, Massachusetts. The 19-year-old had plans to work as an au pair with an American family who lived in an affluent neighbourhood called Dover.

Karina settled in well with her host family: married couple Frank Rapp and Susan Nichter and their two young children. But just three months after arriving in Dover, Karina suddenly disappeared after a night out with friends…



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Severed body is that of au pair – The Boston Globe

Probe widens in au pair slaying – The Boston Globe

Clues sought in teen slaying – North Adams Transcript (AP)

Local au pairs worry about safety – The Boston Globe

Police are focusing on man outside club in au pair’s murder – The Boston Globe

Psychologists say killing doesn’t fit sadist pattern – The Boston Globe

Friend of slain nanny tells of threat – The Boston Globe

Au pair used fake ID at bar, friend says – The Boston Globe

Police search for men last seen with murdered au pair – North Adams Transcript (AP)

‘The finest gift is life,’ wrote slain Swedish nanny – North Adams Transcript (AP)

Au pair’s employer had new dump permit – The Boston Globe

Au pairs, friends remember slain Swedish nanny – North Adams Transcript (AP)

Nightlife alluring for foreign au pairs – The Berkshire Eagle (AP)

Au pair probers find a print – The Boston Globe

Panhandler reviewed in nanny case – The Boston Globe

Village’s distant horror comes home – The Boston Globe

Evidence shows rope or cord was used in nanny’s killing – The Boston Globe

Detectives report few fresh clues as they study au pair’s slaying – The Boston Globe

Police officer faced questions in slaying of Swedish nanny – The Boston Globe

Figure in case of nanny seems to be suicide – The Boston Globe

Nanny slay case cited in suicide – The Boston Globe

Year later, au pair case unsolved – The Boston Globe

Swedish au pair’s murder a fading mystery – (AP) North Adams Transcript 

FBI to aid slain au pair case – The Boston Globe

Gruesome Fla. slaying likened to nanny case – The Boston Globe

FBI is asked to help in probe of Fla. body – The Boston Globe

Half a body in a dumpster – The Boston Globe



Karina Holmer – half the crime will always be a mystery

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