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John Berger and Ervin Frisk were a pair of suspected serial killers involved in a variety of gruesome murders across Europe in the 1970s.

The killersEdit

Ervin Frisk (1949-1986) was a former Insel army captain from Pilhamn. Frisk was a prime suspect in a case involving the death of his commanding officer but lack of sufficient evidence saw that he was never charged. Frisk left the army and became focused on attacking the traditional systems which ruined his life.

John Berger (b. 1954) was a German-Brunanter art student, a socialist who dropped out of school. Berger was an antiestablishmentarianist, though the death of his wealthy parents in 1975 left him with a large fortune. who linked up with Frisk some time in the mid-1970s in West Germany.

Murders and victimsEdit

The first murder took place in 1976 though it would be some time before the murders would become serial. The took place across a number of European cities and involved generally young women, often tourists.

  • 3 July 1977: Cecilia Pauschenwein, Austrian engineering student murdered in Stuttgart, Germany, poisoned by alcohol and slit in the throat. Pauschenwein was found dead in her apartment and the case was initially a lone dead end for local police.
  • 21 March 1978: Margot Nichols, a 26 year old Cape Cross nurse found dead in a hotel room in Koningstad. She was drugged and slit across the throat, discovered the day after her murder.
  • 9 April 1978: Claudia Carvajal, a 31 year old Spanish woman was found dead in a youth hostel not far from the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona. She was heavily drugged and slit across the throat by a razor blade.
  • Germany
  • Insel
  • Strasland
  • Last: Christina Forsberg, 22 year old Swedish tourist was found drugged and poisoned in a bar bathroom near the Royal Art Collection in Finskeby, Strasland.

The investigationEdit

Pauschenwein's murder in Stuttgart went unresolved and the local police closed the case in 1978. The Nichols murder in March 1978 was also considered to be a lone, local incident by the National Police, and no similar cases were reported before or in the weeks after.

News of the Barcelona murder drew similar comparisons to the one in Stuttgart and despite initial skepticisms they were judged to have been done by the same person. The first main connection between the two is they were killed not far from a local museum or touristic site, Pauschenwein having visited the Staatsgalerie Stuttgart the day of her murder and Carvajal having been near the Sagrada Familia.

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