The Isdal Woman Is One of Norway’s Deepest Mysteries

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There are various unsolved mysteries in the world, but few of them have managed to stir up intense speculation over the years. One of these cases is called “The Isdal woman” or “Isdalskvinnen” in Norwegian, which refers to an unsolved crime that involves an unidentified woman found dead in Isdalen Valley, popularly known as “Death Valley”, in Bergen, Norway.

Data shows that the woman’s burned naked body was found on November 29th, 1970, by a University professor and his two daughters. Later on, police found next to the victim a burned-out passport. According to the autopsy report, the woman took various sleeping pills before she died from blunt force trauma. Despite the fact that local police concluded that the woman committed suicide, the conclusion had always been considered most controversial.

Moreover, the whole investigation concerning the case was strange. Along the woman’s body and her burned passport, officers also found bottles of liquor and gasoline. A very curious thing was that the woman’s fingerprints and along with her dental records have been erased or something like that, as neither of them was able to led to the victim’s identity.

Later on, police also discovered in a safety deposit box at a train station two suitcases that belonged to the victim. However, all her clothes were left without labels. There were also various fake passports that had entrance stamps from Moscow, a prescription bottle with no label, 500 Deutsche marks and an impressive collection of wigs. All these evidence led to the theory that the woman might have been a spy.

Another weird fact is that more than 100 eyewitnesses stated to have seen the woman on the days leading up to her death, but none was able to describe her features. However, everyone agreed that she was “an attractive foreign lady in her 30s or 40s”, who seemed to be German, French or Italian. The primary witness, who was an Italian photographer who had had dinner with the victim before she died, believed that the woman was an antiques collector from South Africa on a sightseeing trip. He couldn’t give any other useful details.

It’s 44 years since the woman’s body was found, but nobody was able to find out what really happened to her. This case has became the most comprehensive criminal case by the Bergen police, not to mention that it is one of Norway’s deepest mysteries.

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  • The Norwegian Secret Police would undoubtedly have a photo of this woman and probably know who she was. She was buried by senior police figures in Bergen in February 1971. The whole funeral was video-taped and kept in reserve in case the time came for her case to be declassified and her identity revealed and her body handed over to her relatives. Whatever she did must have been of extreme significance to for her to be disposed of.

  • This case has intresting similarities to the Taman Shud Case, also known as The case of the Somerton Man. This occured in 1948 in South Australia. A man was found dead on the beach board walk. No cause of death was determined and the man was never identified. A suitcase was linked to the body, found in a near by hotel. All labels had been torn out of the clothing in the suitcase, no finger prints, no identification, nothing.
    There was a small piece of paper found on the body, hidden in a small pocket in the victims trousers, it had been torn from a book. It read, “Taman Shud”. That fraze is from a poem called The Rubaiyat, and taman shud translates to “it is finished”.
    An individual not related to the case later came forward with a rare copy of the Rubaiyat he had found in the back seat of his car; which was parked near to where the body was found. Someone had deposited the book through his cracked window. Inside the book, on one of the inner covers was a cypher code, which to this day has never been decoded.
    There are so many congruencies between these cases. It makes me wonder if they are somehow connected, perhaps the murders; as murders they certainly are, were perpetuated by the same shadow organization.

  • Was operative of B.O.S.S under Lieutenant-General Hendrik van den Bergh later went rouge and was the target of the assassination order Ukufa ,given by Prime Minister John Vorster. Ltn-Gen. v.d Bergh declined Eugene de Kock’s request to undertake the mission and the mission was then given to the C.C.B whom tracked her for Months with the help of interpole.

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