Within six hours of being released, Sabina approaches two men on the street, Glenn Hollinshead and Peter Molloy, asking if they know where to find a bed and breakfast. She goes with them to Hollinshead’s home, where they spend the evening drinking together.
Molloy would later describe Sabina’s strange behavior throughout the night. According to him, she seemed anxious, and went to the window multiple times to look nervously outside. At one point, she offers the two men a cigarette, but quickly snatches them back, saying they might be poisoned.
Molloy leaves late in the evening, with Sabina apparently spending the night with Hollinshead.
The next day, as he washes his car in the front lawn, a neighbor is met by a bloody Hollinshead who is saying, “She’s stabbed me.”
On their way to the scene, paramedics find Sabina in the street, hitting herself in the head with a hammer. When she sees them rushing toward her, she runs to the nearby A50 overpass, climbs the railing, and drops forty feet to the motorway below (self-destruct programming triggered by their uniforms, obviously).
Three months later, on September 11, Sabina is officially arrested for the murder of Glenn Hollinshead. Within a year, she will plead guilty of manslaughter with diminished responsibility (an insanity plea, basically), and sentenced to five years in prison.
During the trial, the defense council introduced the possibility that Sabina had suffered an instance of “folie à deux,” or “shared psychosis,” a rare syndrome in which the delusions of a stronger personality, the “primary” individual, can be transferred to a weaker personality. In this case, Ursula, whom the defense claimed had a history of mental illness, somehow passed her psychosis onto Sabina.
An alternative theory put forth by the defense was that Sabina had suffered from a case of bouffé délirante, or “puff of madness,” an even rarer syndrome where a perfectly sane person will suddenly lose their mind for a small time and then return to normal.
Either way, it landed her in prison, with a projected release date in 2011.
This is the last we hear from the Eriksson twins: We know that Sabina has been released from prison, but her current whereabouts are unknown.
As for Ursula, the only bit of news I’ve found was a comment by David McCann that she was still in America, possibly looking after Sabina’s two children. He says that she has undergone an exorcism at her local church to help drive away the demons that forced her onto the motorway in 2008.
(One popular possibility that I haven’t mentioned, yet: that the sisters were possessed by demons. Those touting this claim believe that the sisters’ display of super-human strength, unnatural ability to sustain damage, and overall shitty attitude are proof of the involvement of demonic forces.)
And there you are. A perfect weapon in the War of Truth. Whatever Truth yours happens to be.
I’d love it if I could just turn this whole thing into a lesson about confirmation bias and selective attention. Point out that even though most of these theories can easily use the Eriksson story as evidence, they also happen to be mutually exclusive for the most part.
But this video still bugs the hell out of me. I keep trying to trust the official story (whatever that means), and admit that although instances of folie à deux and bouffé délirante are uncommon, they do happen.
But dag nab, does it seem like a stretch.
The question remains: is it any more of a stretch than Russian Brain-Washed Super-Soldiers?