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Clark Olofsson on his way to court in 1967, with his fiancée at the time and a policeman (via Wikimedia.com)
Clark Olofsson (via sjobergbildbyra.se)
Jan-Erik Olsson ( via Alectron .com)
Press photographers and police snipers on a roof (from History.com via AFP Photo/ScanPix Sweden/Roland Jansson/Getty Images)
Police officers escorting 32 year old prison escapee Jan-Erik Olsson (from Hostory.com via AFP Photo/ScanPix Sweden/Egan-Polisen/Getty Images)
Three of the four hostages and bank robber Clark Olofsson in a bank (from Daily.jstor.org via AP Images)
Reference: Phoebe Judge Halloween tweet
"On the morning of August 23, 1973, an escaped convict crossed the streets of Sweden’s capital city and entered a bustling bank, the Sveriges Kreditbanken, on Stockholm’s upscale Norrmalmstorg square. From underneath the folded jacket he carried in his arms, Jan-Erik Olsson pulled a loaded submachine gun, fired at the ceiling and, disguising his voice to sound like an American, cried out in English, “The party has just begun!”
After wounding a policeman who had responded to a silent alarm, the robber took four bank employees hostage. Olsson, a safe-cracker who failed to return to prison after a furlough from his three-year sentence for grand larceny, demanded more than $700,000 in Swedish and foreign currency, a getaway car and the release of Clark Olofsson, who was serving time for armed robbery and acting as an accessory in the 1966 murder of a police officer. Within hours, the police delivered Olsson’s fellow convict, the ransom and even a blue Ford Mustang with a full tank of gas. However, authorities refused the robber’s demand to leave with the hostages in tow to ensure safe passage.
The unfolding drama captured headlines around the world and played out on television screens across Sweden. The public flooded police headquarters with suggestions for ending the standoff that ranged from a concert of religious tunes by a Salvation Army band to sending in a swarm of angry bees to sting the perpetrators into submission..."
— Source: History.com article by Christopher Klein
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Mack Ray Edwards mugshot (via Wikimedia.com)
Victim Newspaper Clipping (via DerangedlaCrimes.com)
"Mack Ray Edwards (October 17, 1918 – October 30, 1971) was an American serial killer. He murdered at least six children in Los Angeles County, California between 1953 and 1970.
Mack Ray Edwards was born in Arkansas. He moved to Los Angeles County in 1941. As a heavy equipment operator contracted by Caltrans, he worked on freeways. The body of one of his victims was found underneath the Santa Ana Freeway, and he claimed to have disposed another of his victims under the Ventura Freeway.
Edwards killed three children from 1953 to 1956, and three more in 1968 and 1969. In 1970 Edwards and a teenage male accomplice kidnapped three girls from their home in Sylmar. When the girls escaped, Edwards surrendered to police and confessed to molesting and murdering six children.
After three bodies were recovered, Edwards pleaded guilty to three counts of murder and was sentenced to death.
On 30 October 1971, following two unsuccessful attempts, Edwards was successful in committing suicide by hanging himself with a television cord in his cell in San Quentin State Prison..."
— Source: Mack Ray Edwards Wikipedia
This Criminal podcast (episode 131: Hostage)
Memory Motel podcast (episode 13: The Ideal Hostage)
SmithosonianMag.com article by Kat Eschner
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