The Enigmatic Death of the Isdal Woman
This. Weekend bus students all we cover the case of the East doll woman one of the most mysterious cold, cases of all time and I know I say that a lot but not only are the culprits, suspicious, but the identity, of the woman itself, is a factor here so the mystery on on a mystery it's a layer two mystery I like a layered mystery it's like a two. Layer dip that you have at a Super Bowl party you know things about what these beans come from Oh what about that cheese put a little sauce on top three, layer dip there may be a third layer here I haven't even I'm not gonna disclose everything I'm getting hungry, for mystery. On. November, 29th. 1970. In the East Dahlin Valley near Bergen, Norway a family. On a Sunday hike discovered. The body of a woman wedged, between large, rocks, one. Of the first people on the scene and, the last one living police. Lawyer Carl hell more oh s--- remembers. The first thing they noticed, was the very strong scent of burnt, flesh the. Body was, severely, burned, and the, arms, were in a boxer, position, in the air common. In burned bodies, while. The front of the body including her face was, burned beyond recognition the, backside was, bizarrely, not, burned, the. Officers, were unable to tell how long she had been there or when she died, the, woman was believed to be about 5 feet and 4.5. Inches, tall aged, between 25, and 30, years old so. The. Front of her is burned but the back is not yes, and she's found on a hiking trail by a, family a family, who knows what burnt flesh, smells like well that was the description from the police, lawyer oh okay it would smell like barbecue, probably, probably yeah. I. Mean, barbecue is not gross no no why do you get what I'm. We. Are about animals yeah, that's, true, we are meat items, recovered from the body and scene included. Jewelry, a broken, umbrella bottles. A watch. Remnants. Of nylon, stockings, and rubber, boots. However, oddly, the. Jewelry, and watch were, not found on the body but, rather, beside. It as if, they had been placed, there all, of the identifying. Labels, on her clothes had been removed, even. The bottles found what the body had their labels rubbed off with. No clues, to her identity the. Police began, looking for a witness who might be able to identify her she, is referred to as, the East doll woman, stinks. Man yeah anytime, anyone's, got the labels removed on their things it's, very fishy very fishy I mean one thing you can infer is it does seem like there was another, person that may have been involved it just doesn't strike, me as an accident, nor does it strike me as something she would that was self-inflicted but why do they even why, did I do that with the clothes what if I'm a body, somewhere I don't have ID on me maybe but. They find my pants and. Go Levi's, huh. This. Must be Shane Maday well I mean if it's fancy, clothes they, could then go to fancy department stores, ask, if you've seen this person then go to the next step of identifying, them by their fancy I don't, know I mean that's just where my mind goes but then again I do have a superior detective mind, I don't know about that I I mean. I get why you could make that conclusion it just seems like, an. Unnecessary precaution, or. Very, thorough an, autopsy, of the body discovered, a large amount, of venema, a sleeping, pill in her stomach around 50, to 70, pills her, bloodstream, had not fully absorbed, them before her death, they, also found smoke particles, in her lungs which, denotes, that she was still alive while, she burned petrol. Was also found at the scene near her body and it was evident, that it was utilized, in the burning there, was also a high level of carbon monoxide in, her system a strange, bruise on the right side of her neck was also, discovered, after. The autopsy, the death was determined to be a probable, suicide due. To the sleeping pills and the carbon monoxide from, the fire 50. To 70 pills. Is, a lot you. Could see why they may have thought this may be a suicide but. They, weren't fully absorbed by the time of burning seems, odd to burn yourself. Seventy, sleeping pills why then go burning yourself let's set myself on fire in here if, I'm gonna die and, you. Say well you can go to sleep. You. Say that sounds like a good option or alternatively. We could set you on fire yeah we could do the thing that's generally, considered the worst way to die yeah I think, I'd go with falling, asleep yeah me too I think that would be a 99%, consensus. Just, remember these odd details, I've committed them to memory, good good Lock them in throw, the key out. Okay. You could swallow it too. In. Fact the, spot where she was found was the scene of many suicides, in the Middle Ages and also, where some unfortunate hikers, fell to their death in the 1960s.
Thus, Earning the title death valley from, locals, the, site was remote, difficult. To climb and, definitely. Not a hiking, path wait. You said this, was not a hiking, trail what's this family, doing out there I I considered. That first all right kids let's go for a little hike in Death Valley, I guess, maybe they want to challenge themselves you know sometimes, I go off the beaten path when it comes to hiking do you I'd like to challenge myself mentally, and physically, you're gonna die not something I would take my young family with it you have a young family well if I had a family I would not take them and be like hey let's go bouldering, yeah. The, people do that in Los Angeles though they had to close one of the mountains around here because people kept falling off valley people are weird yes, they are considering. The curious, state of the crime scene is, understandable. To be skeptical, of the ruling that it was a suicide, but. Before we dig into that lets, first provide, some context. By, attempting, to answer one, question who. Was this woman the. First major clue came, three days after, the body was discovered when. Two suitcases were, found at the train station in, Bergen, inside. The suitcases, was, a pair of non prescription, glasses with. The fingerprint. On the. The. Fingerprint. Was a match, to the ista woman effectively. Linking the suitcases, and all their, contents. To her, which, is important, since, the suitcases, contained. Several. Mysterious, items. Oh. That's. Fun, so, she's got some stuff in some suitcases, what, goes beyond suitcases, wait till we crack these bad boys open, the plot will thicken as they say I like. That you do appreciate a big pile of it okay. Inside. The suitcases, were, clothes wigs. A comb. Hairbrush. Makeup. Money, from Germany, and Norway as well as, coins, from Belgium, Switzerland and, the UK a tube, of eczema, cream was also, found in the suitcase but, the prescription, label that would indicate the patient and prescribing, doctor, had been removed the. Labels of the makeup had also, been removed and, the efforts to identify the brand's, failed. Beyond. These items, there, was one item that seemed particularly, promising. If not strange, to the police a notepad. With, a code written in blue ink a code. That, could not be cracked by the police, at, first but. We'll, get to that in a bit. I. Like codes well obviously one. Thing to glean, from that is the fact that the labels were also removed here, in her personal belongings that to me means the label of her clothes all that stuff that was found at the scene was. Maybe done by her not by a separate, party yeah which. Then gets you into the question of who she is right. The. Second, major clue also. Came from the suitcase and was a plastic bag from a shoe store about a hundred, and thirty miles, away in Stavanger Norway. Robert, fit the store owner's son described. Blue, celebrity, boots he sold to a woman about three, weeks prior the. Boots matched. The ones found at the scene, we called celebrity, boots because they were popular, at the time celebrities. Were wearing these boots therefore, he described them in celebrity, boots well he was just sort of a sort. Of a dumb guy who saw, something fancy, oh no these were just very popular, look at you with your celebrity. Boots Bert, vet gave a well detailed, account of her appearance, in summary. She, was well dressed medium. Height with, a round face with, dark brown eyes long, dark hair and had, a strange, odor to her that rod fit would realize years later was, garlic, why does it take him years to remember, what garlic, smells like yeah that's a bit I don't know I don't know if that's like I smell garlic I I jump.
Up I love garden yeah it's delicious cuz it always it smells good when you smell, it coming from a kitchen when, you smell it on someone who's just eating garlic it's a bit. Funkier. So, she just went. To chow down on some some, B's dicks and then decided let me go pick up some boots breadstix, boots. Burning. Myself alive. Brought. Fetch description, led police to saints fit in hotel in Stavanger where. The east all woman stayed under, the name vanilla. Lorch, however. When, police checked hotels back in bergen no, hotel, had admitted a woman named vanilla Lorch which. Brings us to our third major. Clue, the, coded writing, on the notepad it, turns, out vanilla, Lorch was not the woman's real name and in fact she, had at least eight names, that she used at hotels, around Norway, this, meant the, woman had multiple, passports. With differing, names, police. Were able to match up the names using, handwriting, analysis, on the hotel check informs and cross-referencing. It with the. Code found in the suitcase the. Numbers and letters in the code correspond. To the woman stay in all, the different cities for. Example owed, 3-0, B and v relates. To her stay in Bergen. From October 30th, to November, 5th but. Do you think that's her way of coding it so someone who reads it doesn't see it or is it just her own shorthand. For, because, you know if. That was all that was found in the suitcase that was odd I would maybe think okay it's just shorthand but, the fact that the suitcase also included wigs she, had multiple passports. She used eight different names and is curious most people only have one passport, if that yeah I don't think that contributes, to and all those I have, one passport, and I always I'm. Always looking for that darn thing after, examining, all the registrations. The police realized she mostly claimed to be from Belgium, when she registered, all of which were confirmed to be big Belgian, identities, they, also gained insight, of the woman's habits, by speaking with various, hotel staff for, instance she often asked to change rooms and she utilized, some German and Flemish as well as English. Additionally. They also described. Her as well-dressed. So. Maybe she's just a spy you, just said that like you'd me like I really I, mean like that's no I I mean, obviously was sitting on the back burner but yeah I'm just moving that pot to the front now yeah and that moved that to the front stir it around a bit crank it up watch a boil yeah different, work crawfish, in there yeah. Start looking those lips okay. The. Fourth major clue was, the east ol woman's teeth and tissue samples for. This clue let's, skip forward to modern times when, new scientific, developments, were applied to the investigation, a professor, of dentistry, named Giselle, bang well that's a cool name should sell bag to sell bang just. So bang. Yeah. That's like a good spy name I was gonna say you could say you've been banged but that has different connotations yeah, different, professor. Bang examined. The east doll woman's teeth covered. In fillings, and gold crowns and determined. The unusual, dentistry, may, have occurred in southern or Central Europe perhaps, even Asia, however. Before. The location, could be locked down professor. Bang unfortunately. Passed away in, 2011. And the, teeth. Hilariously. Were, rumored to have been thrown away because. They smelled, ah, smelly. Teeth, unsolved. Classic, right there. Let's. Take the evidence let's throw it away because I don't like it yeah. That's great I love it yet this toothy, tail doesn't, end here. What. All, right the. East all woman's missing teeth were later found at Hoagland, Hospital in a remote warehouse also, in that hospital were, tissue samples, that included the East aisle woman's heart lungs, spleen, and liver, among, others. They found the teeth yeah they found everything in a remote warehouse in a hospital, next to the Ark of the Covenant yeah, Covenant. Yeah and into, the cup, of Christ what the hell kind of warehouse is this I don't know yeah. The, East Hall woman's teeth were subjected, to an isotope, test which, determines, where the woman grew up based, incredibly.
On The, water she drank whoa, that's, badass yeah. Using, this test, scientists. Were able to pinpoint an area, near the France in Germany border, where the ista woman likely grew up DNA. Testing, revealed the East our woman was of European, descent possibly. From North America though. Her, poor English would suggest otherwise. By, the way I would want to point out her. Poor English any accent. In general, if she is in fact a spy that all goes out the window to me uh. Hotel. Room. Me. There, you go you're, history, European now what I was getting at is the, fact that the. Isotope, test may have pinpointed. Her in America, she. Could have very well been American. Oh funny, test if it says either, Germany, or America. I. Mean, I'm still very impressed, by the test but not so much the results well she's either from Europe or America that's, you, know she's not from China with. The East all woman's features and backgrounds, starting to materialize. Out of the darkness new. Police sketches were drawn of her in 2016. That's, pretty good she. Looks like someone from the Americans yeah. In. May 2017. A black, notice is sent out through Interpol, with the ista woman's DNA attached, in hopes, to find new leads and with, that we. Arrive at the end of the clues yet. The, question persists. Who, was this woman as some, of you might have already wondered, many, suspect, she was a spy let's. See if that claim has any weight obviously, the. Case file is quite peculiar, but, external, factors, such as the ongoing Cold, War also, catalyzed, speculation. That the East I'll woman, in fact a spy. Perhaps, connected, Norway. Was revealed to be home to Russian spies and Mossad, agents, from Israel, a mere, three years after the East all woman's death in fact. For. Mossad agents, were questioned, about the Easter woman however. None. Of the agents, claimed to recognize, her or any of the east all woman's aliases, but also, remember, their, spy what are they gonna do oh yeah, I killed, her that, lady I killed, do. You want to know all the confidential, details of my spying okay why don't you ask me in the beginning that's, the thing about spies, and, I. Think a lot of, intelligence. Deaths, like this I. Would bet that a vast, majority of. These deaths, yeah I'm just unreported, I think. They're professionals, yeah I mean they're made to not exist right so they're, ghosts, you're. Trying to catch ghosts, which is we know, it's pretty it was pretty hard around the time of the murder Norwegian, intelligence, agencies, looked into the case of the Easter woman due to the odd circumstances. Surrounding it, a week, after the discovery or North TAFTA, and Bjorn long bakka of the police Security, Service began investigating. The case or North, TAFTA, says he was called by the Bergen, chief of police to, investigate whether, there was anything, connecting. The strange case to, spying while. Their team ultimately, decided, the death was an accident, Toffler, remarks. That it doesn't mean the woman was not involved in espionage. He claims her false passports. Point to the possibility, of her being a quote illegal. Agent, end quote, here's, the Bergen police crime commissioners, response, in an interview, a few weeks, into the investigation, after. Being asked, about the, role of espionage. In the case quote. We. Have no proof of that no. We, can safely say I'd, go further to say we've completely, eliminated, that possibility. Quote however. The. Norwegian, surveillance, agency denied. Involvement until. 2002. No. Offense to this, Commissioner. But I feel, like spies. Methods, or the way, they cover their tracks or. Their away, their organization. May cover their tracks it's, probably gonna be a little more thorough to the point where some rinky-dink police, officer, isn't, gonna be able to above, his pay grade perhaps, then. Again they did have no region intelligence, agencies, look into the case so he didn't do the case investigation.
Himself, He reached out to them to have them do it but. What, is the Norwegian, surveillance, agency gonna say yeah we cooked the lady knew. Pabich a crime, reporter, covering the case says, he was given Case Files to write an article about the East all woman in the 1970s. In the, files he, found an envelope containing, a cassette, tape however. The, envelope, was marked, with a warning that, said it should not be opened, without express. Permission from. The supervisor, as such. The envelope, was never opened, and I can find no record of what, was on that tape, well. Why didn't they open it that's one of my question I was gonna listen to some, ink yeah I'm gonna let you listen to a yellow sticky, when it comes to that far in the case no come on crack, that thing open bust, out your walkman it better be padlocked because, the yellow sticky and stop in the old Bergmeister, we're tearing right into it he's doing an investigative, article, he's an investigative, crime reporter, and, he just stops it a because. Someone tells him not to I guess that would make a real for a real thrilling, movie. Sometimes. Oh we heard about this thing at Watergate, but they told us not to look into it. Sometimes. You got to play by the rules I guess I don't know. Finally. As further, proof that the Easton woman may have been a spy her, habits, in situation, were also, suspect, just, to recap, she had multiple passports. And used fake names, she had wigs wrote in code and all, identifying, labels and marks on her belongings were, scratched off either, by her or by somebody else. She, also seemed to have quite a bit of money to dress so well traveled to each country / City and then. Afford. All the hotels that she stayed in other, than that there's, nothing concrete. It, appears, the East all woman is as elusive after. Death as she was when she was living all, this, considered, we now return to the original question how. Did she die let's, get into the theories the, first theory, is that it was a suicide as originally. Determined, returning. To the autopsy. 5270. Sleeping pills were found in her stomach officials, see this as a sign of suicide, as it would be hard to force someone to consume, that many pills in multiple, doses though. Due, to the odd detail. Surrounding, the case many, including. Officers, involved doubt.
That Suicide, is the true answer, you, could make somebody swallow pills you point a gun at them and you say swallow. These pills if, you know someone's either gonna shoot you in the head or you could again fall, asleep okay sure but logically. Let's go through that okay, I'm gonna have you swallow, 50, to 70 pills you know then I'm gonna set you on fire. Sure. How. Does that make sense yeah it's a little fishing also let's. Go through it as if it was a suicide okay she goes I'm gonna swallow a shitload of pills a lot of pills now I'm gonna set myself on fire that doesn't make any sense either doesn't make a ton of sense unless the pills were a backup, like she thought oh maybe if I set myself on fire it's, not gonna work unless she's, just not in her right mind she, takes the pills she's. Sure they're gonna work but they haven't worked yet, she's. Concerned. They're not gonna work so she goes for the fire I don't know I missed it there's. An awl when you consider the fact that the, method of death doesn't, really coincide, with suicide, and that she had all these other external factors that maybe suggests she was involved in some weird things mmm, doesn't seem to me like a, way of committing suicide also a spy' suicide, seems like they have like a few things you'd be better at that yeah cyanide, pill I tell you one thing you don't need fifty do those really work as quick as they do in the movies I think, so cuz, yikes when they bite down I'm in the movies they're like oh are you going to kill me. And. Then there's like foam right away I don't know how that stuff works gotta be honest that's abundantly, clear yeah we're, not gonna do any kind of light trials. Till. The series finale yet. The. Second, theory is that it was an accident, on the scene, officer. Suspected she may have been burned by flames which she might have fallen into and, responded. By jumping, backward, away from the flames and over, the cliff the, police security service. As mentioned, before, ultimately. Decided, that the death was an accident, one. Questionnaire, uncovered, by this service revealed, that she had a large can of hairspray which. In theory could, have been dropped in a bonfire she, had built the, result would, be an explosion, causing. Her burns and ultimately. Her, death though. This, doesn't seem to explain the Petroff found at the scene that was utilized in her burning, furthermore. There, would also be evidence, of an explosion I'd assume I'm. Already. Burning. A. Petrol, shower and amongst rocks it doesn't mean any sense no the third and final theory, is that she was murdered her, possible, life of espionage, would undeniably, lend itself to a veritable list of enemies so. It's, not unthinkable that, somebody, would want her dead returning. To the crime scene the, jewelry and watch were, not found on the body but, beside it as if, it had been placed there and sure, this, could have been the last acts of a person committing suicide, but, if her, true plan was to commit suicide why, set herself on fire adding. To this is nobody, seemed to have an explanation of, how the fire started, other than the wild hairspray, theory returning. To the autopsy, there, was a strange, bruise on the right side of her neck the crime reporter, mentioned before nude harvick also, wasn't convinced, on the ruling quote. Personally. I'm totally, convinced. That this was a murder she, had various, identities she, operated, with codes, she wore wigs she, traveled from town to town and, switched, hotels after. A few days this. Is what the police call, conspiratorial. You. And quality. Yeah she had wigs she had codes, she had passports, she switched hotels she, wanted people not to follow her yeah of course she was murdered yeah that just makes sense idiots I know I felt, like it was rather clear yeah I mean, the person if they were murdering. Her could. You, why, not just shoot him I guess then maybe they traced the bullet to your gun I don't, know yeah well you're not exactly I would.
Say The pinnacle of espionage, I could, be I don't think you could be look I'll wear fake mustaches, I'll wear a wig people won't know it's me so you're gonna wear the, mustache is gonna cover up your eight foot limbs does that help no there's, plenty of tall people in the world if I were a mustache, and a wig and say hello I'm banjo, McLintock nobody, will know. Well. They'll think I'm a different person I, don't think so I think I'd make a better spy I don't think you would yeah just for my physical requirement, no yeah, you'd be shaken no. This. Is my real name I promise why, would I be so scared at that you're scared of everything I'm scared of the hotel check-in manager yeah sure you are I don't think so unless it's that situation, where like normally, you're a timid scared man but, when you step into the shoes of say, Ricky Gold's worth yeah then suddenly you, become the most confident, man and that's the point of a disguise but can, you overcome your the. The timidity, that, is yes yeah hardwired. To you I think so I think that's more likely than you shaving off a couple feet from your limbs despite. The official ruling, being a suicide, many. Officials involved seemed shaky, on that prospect, to say the least police. Lawyer Karl how war os-- claims, that no one in the Bergen Police Department, really believe that claiming. The location, and nature of the death seemed, to odd to be a suicide a chemist, for crit Bose the National, Bureau of crime and investigation, in Norway who, attended, the autopsy. Said, quote now. As then I'm in doubt when it comes to what really happened on the site and how the fire developed, it is difficult, to be a hundred percent sure all, in, all I support. The 1970. Report but, there, is a considerable, uncertainty. And it is impossible, to rule out that, this was either a homicide, or an accident. And quote the police chief Espeon, brynne ruled, the case a suicide. Even, though just, days earlier he. Made it clear that case would remain unsolved. Until the woman's true identity, was found let me ask you two questions two questions was she a spy yes, or no I would say yes was. She murdered where. She wasn't, an accident, or was it a suicide I would say she was murdered okay. So we could get those two things out of this I would say to me I'd say murdered spy what, about you I think so too okay where, that takes us not far we don't still we still don't know her name we still don't know who murdered her but such was the nature of spies it's a start she, was a damn good spy, if we, don't even know who killed her in the end the, Easton woman was given a Catholic, funeral on February, 5th.
1971. As the, police guess she may have been Catholic based on what information they had tulips. And carnations, sat atop her zinc coffin a coffin. That wouldn't, decompose, in hopes, that one day the coffin could be moved to a more fitting resting place if someone, were to claim her that. Day has, yet to come as for, now the, mystery, of the Easton, woman remains. Unsolved. Sometimes. When your spy yeah you got you got a die that's like that comes in the Job Description I guess so you. Don't sign up to be a spy thinking I'm gonna be here gonna be tenured day. One you sit down in spy class the professor says look to your left look to your right one. Of these people is, gonna, set you on fire today. That's. What spies do.