Death in Ice Valley - BBC/NRK podcast

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In History
  • 6

    Schulman interviewed by FBI

    Interviewed and said he was in Bergen in October 1970 but not November. He did not know how his travellers cheques were cashed on 23rd November 1970.
  • Log starts 10M

  • L - London?

    Coded Log 11th to 16th March
  • G - Geneva?

    17th to 19th March log
  • O-slo (to 23rd March)

    20th to 23rd March from coded log
  • Hotel Viking 21/3-23/3

    Hotel booking card says arrived 19/3 in Norway. Worked as secretary (secretaire in French) name Genevieve Lancier, DOB 28/7/45. passport 8870/l25. Travelling from Brussels to Oslo.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hotel_Royal_Christiania she buys breakfast on the 22nd seen with a man/
  • Hotel Bristol 24/3 to 25/3

    Claudia Tielt
    DOB 11/7/45.
    Antique dealer
  • Penguin crew in Bergen

    The unidentified woman was present in Bergen from 24.03 to 01.04.70. The 25th MBS was in Bergen around 24.03.70, in Stavanger around 29.10.70 and 09.11.70.
  • travelling via vingtor hydrofoil

    suggested via FB group
  • Hotel Skandia 25/3 to 1/4

    Claudia Tielt, antique dealer, DOB 11/7/43. Travelling to Brussels.
    Address claim Rue de la madeleine Brussels https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rue_de_la_Madeleine_(Bruxelles)
  • B- ergen (to 31st March)

    26th to 31st - from coded log
  • travelling via Vingtor to Stavanger

  • ferry & train to hirtshals, hamburg, basel (H on the log)

    continental ticket from Stavanger, via Kristiansand to Hirtshals in Denmark (ferry), then train through Hamburg terminating in Basel in Switzerland.
    IW bought a train ticket (under the name of Tielt; ticket number 150242) from Stavanger to Basel on 1 April (dep: 13:35).
  • Own idea: Pathe/Reuters video - I believe is IW (you might not agree)

  • F-Frankfurt? (to 29th April)

    from coded log.
  • R-ome/Rotterdam? (to 14th May)

    from coded log
  • V- enice(Venedig)/Vienna/Venlo? (to 21st May)

    from coded log
  • W - W=Wien (Vienna), Wiesbaden? (to 31st May)

    from coded log - assuming in German.
  • N -? Nice to 7th June

    from coded log
  • NR - Nice to Rome - 1 day?

    from coded log
  • L - London?

    from coded log
  • PL? Paris to London?

    from coded log and
    podcast group - They found a perfume bottle named Brigand from Jacques Esterel,Paris ,in one of her suitcases.it was 1/4 full
    https://www.fragrantica.com/perfume/Jacques-Esterel/Brigand-40187.html
  • R - Rome/Rotterdam? to July 17?

    from coded log
  • LA London to Amsterdam flight?

    from coded log
  • A - Amsterdam? to 17th July

    from coded log
  • R - Rome/Rotterdam - 1 day?

    from coded log
  • Own idea: Trimboli postcard 1970 of Bergen (EXAMPLE)

    BYEN MELLOM DE SYV FJELL: Year: 1970 Postmark: 22-7-70 Publisher: Grako
    Keywords: De syv fjell means Seven Mountains which surround the city centre of Bergen, Norway. Photographer Giovanni Trimboli
  • Own idea: Trimboli postcard 1970 in Bergen (EXAMPLE)

    Bergen: Flesland Flyplass | Published by Grako Kortforlag A/S, Oslo, Norway | Photographer Giovanni Trimboli | No: 100/74 | 10x15 cm (A6) | Post marked August 11 1970
  • Own idea: Fehman island festival - Beate Uhse

    love and peace concert - hendrix etc
  • Aske: Trimboli italy to stockholm

    flies to Stockholm
  • Aske: Trimboli seen with woman in car - Oslo

    seen by his business partner
  • Aske book: Oppdal Turisthotell 2nd Oct or Oslo 3rd Oct (false lead?)

    Staying with Italian photographer - reported in book by Aske. Or Oslo?
  • Own idea: Gunther Fischer Band in Oslo (from GDR)

    Gunter Fischer in Oslo with his GDR band. He wrote music to film Solo Sunny 1980 - for GDR spymaster's brother 'Wolf'.
  • Aske: Trimboli meets woman in Oppdal

    in the afternoon.
  • Aske: Trimboli travels to Helsinki (with a woman)

  • Hotel Altona, Paris

    Name: Vera Schlosseneck
    DOB: 21.01.45
  • Hotel Calais, Paris to the 29th

    Name: Vera Schlosseneck
    DOB: 21.01.45
  • Hotel KNA-Hotellet Stavanger (to 30/10)

    Hotel KNA-Hotellet Stavanger (to 30/10)
    Name: Claudia Nielsen
    Passport no: LS 3552-12
    DOB: 25.4.1945
    POB: Gent
    Nationality: Belgian
    Address: R. Ste Walburge 18
    Occupation: Verziererin (decorator?)
    Reason for visit: Beruf Verkehr (rush hour/job?)
    Room number: 300 The 25th MBS was in Bergen around 24.03.70, in Stavanger around 29.10.70 and 09.11.70.
  • Flight from Paris to Stavanger

    a telex from the SAS ticket office in Paris, stating that Vera Schlosseneck had bought a ticket from Paris through Holland (Amsterdam?) to Stavanger - at first for October 27th, later postponed to October 29th
  • Penguin Crew in Stavanger

    The 25th MBS was in Bergen around 24.03.70, in Stavanger around
    29.10.70 and 09.11.70. She was in Stavanger from 29.10 to 30.10.70 and another time in
    Stavanger from 09.11 to 18.11.70."
  • Hotel Neptun Bergen booking (to 5/11)

    Name: Alexia Zarna-Merchez
    Passport no: GS 2553-21
    DOB: 27.11.1943
    POB: Ljubliana
    Nationality: Belgian
    Address: 91 R Ste Hildegaarde, Brussels
    Occupation: Verziererin (decorator?)
    Reason for visit: Handelsverkehr (trade)
    Room number: 609, 619, 701
  • travelling via Vingtor hydrofoil

    suggested via fb group
  • Hotel Bristol, Trondheim (to 8/11)

    Hotel Bristol, Trondheim (to 8/11)
    November 6th - 8th November: Staying at Hotel Bristol in Trondheim under the name of Vera Jarle.
  • Bergen to Trondheim ticket

    In name of E Welding
    13.15 14:05
  • Trondheim - 2 Soviet agents arrive (Rubanove and Popov)

    security police in Trondheim guard the airport at Værnes because they know that the two Soviet agents named Rubanov and Popov are on their way. The agents travel on to Sandnessjøen.
  • IW arrives in Trondheim on 3pm flight from Bergen?

    ?Or ticket In name of E Welding
    13.15 14:05 This flight lands at 3pm? Long after the agents have left.
  • Hotel St Svithun Stavanger (to 18/11)

    Hotel St Svithun Stavanger (to 18/11)
    Checked in as Finella Lorck from Belgium.
    In Stavanger 9 to 18 November
    Seen by cleaner end of week wearing rubber boots. Took D off bathroom door to make room 615D? The 25th MBS was in Bergen around 24.03.70, in Stavanger around 29.10.70 and 09.11.70.
  • Buys rubber boots - date was from BBC video on FB group - amended

    Buys rubber boots - date was from BBC video on FB group - amended
    Buys rubber boots Oscar Rørtvedt's Footwear Store in Stavanger I amended to 14th to match police evidence in Aske's book. Podcast wasn't clear about this.
  • Mirror sold in Bergen - but IW in Stavanger..contradiction

    Podcast references a mirror being purchased by a man and woman in Bergen. But if purchased 16th most likely not IW as she is in Stavanger.
  • Hotel Rosenkrantz (to 19/11)

    Hotel Rosenkrantz (to 19/11)
    Name: Elisabeth Leenhouwer
    Passport no: ?
    DOB: 27.11.45
    POB: Ostend On the 18th the maid saw her with a man sitting in the room.
    and the day after at the reception.
  • Travel by hydrofoil Vingtor to Bergen 18/11 - 19/11- (overnight)

    Looking at code book perhaps inking out S (Stavanger?) and changing to B (Bergen) - was possibly a change of plan or a simple memory lapse as she was already in Stavanger?
    The taxi driver who took her from the Hotel St Svithun to the hydrofoil carried her 'one' suitcase (18.11.70), while she carried a bag. He said she had a sexy body and wide hips and a gap between her teeth and spoke poor english.
    Newspaper:
    "Thursday 19 November, she took "night bus" alone from Stavanger to Bergen."
  • Hotel Hordaheimen (to 23/11)

    Hotel Hordaheimen (to 23/11)
    Name: Elisabeth Leenhouwer
    Passport no: LG254.138
    DOB: 27.11.45
    POB: Ostend
    Nationality: Belgian
    Address: 44a Philipstock Str., Brussels
    Occupation: Geschäft Teilhaberin (Business partner)
    Reason for visit: Handelsverkehr (trade)
    Room number: 407 Staff report that she always came down for porridge breakfast, was elegant, smoked long South State cigarettes and had a strong "spicy" scent. Aske says 407 was not corner room in 1970.
  • At Goldsmith in Bergen

    Th. Olsens eftf goldsmiths at Ole Bulls square in Bergen
    She wore a brownish or grayish coat with an attached belt. Around her neck, she had a long shawl with a type of chequered pattern in green. She was bareheaded and had brownish hair, perhaps chestnut brown. The woman enquired about two particular silver sets of cutlery, “Kronsølv” and “ Prins Harald”, the woman wanted the sets shipped to Germany
  • forestry? workers see her at 3pm

    Seen 3pm in Isdalen valley.
  • IW requests directions for VInmonopolet liquor store

    woman asked someone in bad English about the direction towards VInmonopolet liquor "store". "Elizabeth Leenhouwfr" arrived to the hotel around 15:00 that day
  • Buys newspaper Dagbladet

    Dagbladet Saturday 21. November 1970, One Picture in the newspaper is a former Miss Norway.
    The Italian photographer's wife was also another former Miss Norway. The Dagbladet organised the 1st Miss Norway competition.
  • Reported sighting of IW and 2 men on the hillside

    source FB group.
    In episode 11 the sea captain says he saw her on a Sunday before she was killed followed by 2 men. It would have to be the 22nd.
  • Events of the 23rd

    Events of the 23rd
    between 9 and 10am on the morning of 23 Nov., the IW went to the Bergen Privatbank exchanged Swedish Crowns.
    Leaves Hotel Hordaheimen and travels to the train station where she places 2 suitcases into storage so would have had a recovery ticket.
    The luggage storage was manned 1970 - not as the picture.
  • GAP in activity (23rd to 12.30 29th) - stored as 24th for timeline

    GAP in activity (23rd to 12.30 29th) - stored as 24th for timeline
    Date of death uncertain. She is likely to have been dead before 29/11. Left train station 23/11 after leaving baggage.
  • Hiker claim (30 years late)

    Hiker claims he saw the Isdal woman being followed by two men on the 24th.
  • Suitcases removed from locker by train station staff and police informed

    Tore Osland suggests date of discovery 27/11 (in evidence) by train station staff is the date police were informed - but perhaps waited until 2/12 to collect as not connected to IW on the 27th. https://www.facebook.com/groups/deathinicevalley/?multi_permalinks=677427272627158%2C677358135967405%2C677175059319046%2C676997729336779%2C676771196026099&notif_id=1535022161957828&notif_t=group_activity
  • Russian delegates in Norway (Bergen, Oslo, Stavanger)

  • Death of Isdal woman discovered

    Death of Isdal woman discovered
    Notified date of death of so-called Isdal woman.
    Found 29. november 1970, kl. 13.00 (or 1.15?)
    (Report 2/12/70 puts time as 1.20pm)
    Unknown woman found death in Isdalen
    A hiker and two daughters find the body of a burned woman in a rock over the drinking water source Svartediket in Bergen.
    29. november 1970, kl. 14.00
    The police arrive at scene
    After being notified by those who found the dead woman, the police moved to the Isdalen. They block the area around the scene and start investigations.
  • Crime scene investigated then body moved

    The forensic investigations continue the day after the discovery. The woman has been lying on the scene during the night with guards who take care that no one destroys any traces. The body is moved to Gade's Department of Autopsy
    During the day and transferred to the department of Gade at Haukeland Hospital, where the autopsy will be carried out. The autopsy is done by forensic physicians J. Chr.Giertsen.
  • Police inquiry starts

    The first inquiry related to the unknown woman is sent internally to the police in Norway through police officers.
  • Police collect suitcases at Bergen train station

    Police collect suitcases at Bergen train station
    The police collect two large suitcases at the left luggage office at Bergen railway station.
  • Oslo Fingerprints check

    The woman's fingerprints are sent to the Criminal Police Center in Oslo for a check against the police fingerprint register. Unfortunately for investigators, there are no hits in the search.
  • blood sent for testing to 8/12

    Blood test:
    Weak positive (probable D * type).
    Rin Probable Rh genotype: R, r (C + D * - c + e +). Probable Kell type: Kell: positive
  • Preliminary autopsy

    Preliminary autopsy
    Preliminary autopsy. picture?
  • Communication to Interpol

    information about the unknown woman is sent internationally via Interpol. The telex contains information about the appearance, clothing, teeth and objects found on the scene.
  • Metal detector search by army engineers

    Date is not actual - yet. Will update when known.
  • 1st sketch in newspaper

    The taxi driver who took her in Stavanger to the hydrofoil sees the sketch and contacts the police and gives a statement.
  • Belgian police response

    Belgian police have checked the name Finella Lorck, whom the Isdal woman used to be in Stavanger. They find no one with that name in their records.
  • Toxicology report

    Tests from legal toxicological examinations
    The Institute of Public Health has reported that the Isdal woman had 4 milligrams of the sedative Fenemal in the blood. This is not a fatal dose but would have blunted the woman strongly. In addition, she had 12 tablets of Fenemal in the stomach which were not dissolved when she died.
  • Police dog search

    Finds unrelated plastic bag and an orange.
  • Kripos complete crime scene investigation

    from blog
  • Incident report

    The incident report to the police has been completed. It is established that the woman has been embraced by a brief but intense fire. There were no leftovers after a fire, but the technicians could smell the smell of petroleum from a fur trimmed hat they found under the body.
  • Code solved

    Code solved
    Code Block Solution
    The police solve the code on the writing pad they found in the Isdal woman's luggage. It turns out to be an extensive itinerary - both in Norway and in Europe.
  • Evidence of travel by airplane

    The police discover that the Isdal woman had travelled to and from Trondheim with Braathens SAFE (airline). Here, she may have used the names E. Velding and L. Selling, but because she did not have to legitimise on airplanes in 1970, they cannot say that she used the ticket.
  • POT (secret police) join investigation

    source blog
  • Blood test results received

    see 3/12 for details.
  • Handwriting analysis

    Script analysis connects identities
    The scripts at Kripos confirm that the code block found in the suitcase, six of the foreign forms from Norwegian hotels and several of the hotel receipts are all filled out by the same person - Isdalskvinen.
  • Suitcase ownership confirmed

    Suitcase ownership confirmed
    Confirm that the suitcases are her
    Kripos has compared the fingerprints from the body and the impression they found on a pair of sunglasses in the suitcases. It matches. Even though they have been safe, they now get the final proof that the two suitcases belong to the Isdal friend.
  • Police report on fingerprint match

    Police report on fingerprint match in Oslo.
    Orig Oslo 2/12 and 3/12
  • Dental reports

    Dental reports
    First report on the teeth
    Dental professor Gisle Bang suggests in a report that the woman may be from eastern, southern or central europe due to special dental work. wiki: The teeth of the woman were thoroughly checked during autopsy and the way the tooth was performed on the occasion that the woman had been at a dental clinic in South America. Wrong!
  • More details of fake IDs and travel

    Finds several fake names
    The police find another false identity that Isdal's friend has used - Claudia Tielt. Under this name she has stayed at Hotell Skandia in Bergen, and took the "Vingtor" boat between Stavanger and Bergen.
  • Request to identify cosmetic owned by Isdal woman

    Request to identify cosmetic owned by Isdal woman
    Request to identify cosmetic owned by Isdal woman. she also had 1/2 bottle Brigand perfume
    https://www.fragrantica.com/perfume/Jacques-Esterel/Brigand-40187.html
    rosemary, plum, pepper, green notes, patchouli, carnation, leather and musk brigand - a member of a gang that ambushes and robs people in forests and mountains.
  • No other traces in Norway

    No trace in other police districts
    All police forces in southern Norway have searched for who the woman may be or if she has been in their area. The survey does not provide any useful traces.
  • Further travel details

    At the NSB travel office in Stavanger, the police finds a ticket receipt that shows that Isdal woman had travelled by train from Stavanger to Basel the last time she was in Norway.
  • Further lab analysis

    The laboratory of Kripos has analyzed all the remains of objects from the scene. They manage to isolate a tiny amount of gasoline - a fraction of a drop - telling what drives the fire.
  • Police press conference

    The police is holding a press conference at the police house in Bergen. There they say that suicide is the most likely cause of death, and they reject all theories that the Isdal woman was a foreign spy. They say she is likely from Paris. Filmed.
  • Kripos complete crime scene analysis

    from a blog.
  • Fisherman travels to London for Christmas claims gun given by police

    BBC/NRK say day after police press conference
  • Dagblad releases picture

    newspaper shows artistic impression of Isdal woman. This is the 2nd sketch.
  • Finalised autopsy

    Finalised autopsy
    The cause of death is assumed to be suicide with pills / fire
    The final autopsy report on Isdal woman is available. "The cause of death is thought to be a combination of poisoning with Fenemal and carbon monoxide. The damage caused by the fire may have been a contributing cause of death," it says.
  • Police get info on Schulman cheque from USA

    January 16th the police got back information on travellers cheques from the USA.
  • French police reponse

    French police respond to the last request from Norway. They have no people registered with the name Vera Schlosseneck, as the Isdal friend used to stay in Paris. Both the name and address are fake.
  • Isdal woman funeral

    Isdal woman funeral
    The beautiful hymn "Lead, Kindly Light," accompanied by organ and violin, fills the chapel at the Møllendal graveyard in Bergen. Sixteen men and two women are seated on the benches. They are all employees of the Bergen police force. None of them has any idea who the woman in the beautiful white coffin might be.
    The woman is buried
    The funeral is Catholic because the police at this time still believe the woman is from France.
  • Kripos ask for more information

    March 30th Kripos started looking into the information on the travellers cheque and they ask for more information.
  • Trimboli interviewed [?twice]

    Trimboli inteviewed - indicates woman given lift to Loen was S African and Kripos follow up and given assurance woman is alive.
  • Kripos notified of Schulman interview

    May 25th Kripos is informed about new interviews of Schulman being conducted. Kripos wanted to now of there was any contact between the man and the woman. [??? Suggested by FB group he was in Bergen.]
  • Kripos receive info from US embassy - no info from FBI

    June 19th Kripos receives information from the American embassy in Copenhagen(Denmark) that FBI still doesn’t have any more information on Schulman but that investigations are still ongoing.