Out of Thin Air: A True Story of Impossible Murder in Iceland

HarperCollins

In 1974, two men vanished without a trace under suspicious circumstances, shocking the people of Iceland, where serious crime is almost non-existent. More than a year later there seemed to be a breakthrough when a small-time crook named Erla Bolladottir described a dream to police that they interpreted as a sign of trauma related to the men’s disappearance. After lengthy interrogations, investigations and courtroom dramas, Erla and five acquaintances confessed to killing both men and were given prison sentences ranging from three years to life. But over the years the case against the convicted six began to disintegrate, and one major question remained unanswered: Why had they all confessed to murder if they hadn’t done it?

 

Out of Thin Air joins Erla in the present day as she pursues her exoneration, exploring the many facets of this bizarre and bewildering case and the social and cultural history of Iceland, a country of vast landscapes, extreme weather and strange folklore, where more than eighty per cent of the population believes that elves might exist.

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About the author

ANTHONY ADEANE is an award-winning investigative journalist and filmmaker who has been researching the case for over three years and has interviewed over 150 people who were involved, including the convicted, prison guards, police, journalists, family members of the convicted, historians and witnesses. He is producing a full-length documentary that will air on BBC and Netflix. Adeane lives in London, England.

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Additional Information

Publisher
HarperCollins
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Published on
Apr 3, 2018
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Pages
304
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ISBN
9781443454377
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Features
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Language
English
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Genres
Social Science / Criminology
Travel / Europe / Iceland & Greenland
True Crime / Murder / General
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Content Protection
This content is DRM protected.
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