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Police probe secret Swedish 'sex-chamber'

Police probe secret Swedish 'sex-chamber'

Published: 28 Mar 2011 12:27 GMT+02:00
Updated: 28 Mar 2011 12:27 GMT+02:00

A secret chamber containing a dingy bed, elaborate restraining devices, and an assortment of sex toys continues to baffle Swedish police weeks after it was discovered beneath an abandoned farmhouse in western Sweden.

"It gives me flashbacks to the final scenes from 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo'," one source told the Aftonbladet newspaper, referring to the first installment of the Millennium crime trilogy.

The secret room was discovered by two amateur photographers who were exploring the property in Vrangelsro outside of Halmstad when they stumbled upon a hatch in the kitchen floor behind a pantry, the newspaper reported.

Beneath the cabin, which had been abandoned for more than 20 years, they found a darkened dungeon-like room with a bed, harnesses, handcuffs, lubricant, adult diapers, and other sex toys.

The floor was also littered with partially empty bottles of soda and juice, as well a rubber hose running from one empty container to the bed.

"I didn't know what to think. But pretty soon thoughts came to mind that maybe someone had been held against their will," one of the photographers told Aftonbladet.

Unsure as to whether the room was used as part of an elaborate sex fantasy by consenting adults, or if it may have been used to forcefully hold someone prisoner, the pair reported their discovery to police, who promptly launched a preliminary investigation into possible criminal activities.

At the weekend, police dogs were dispatched to search the property and several items found in the mysterious sex-chamber have been sent to the Swedish National Laboratory of Forensic Science (Statens kriminaltekniska laboratorium – SKL) for DNA analysis.

Police have also questioned a 47-year-old man who placed an ad on a well-known internet sex-chat forum.

"Seeking submissive tramps for my torture-chamber, for a tough assignment without any chance for mercy. Preferably from Halland," read the man's posting, referring to the county where the abandoned cabin lies.

While the man confirmed to Aftonbladet that he placed the ad, he denied having anything to do with the sex-chamber under investigation by police, claiming his post was simply meant to "spark interest".

Another theory suggested by former criminal inspector Bo Wide is that the elaborately-outfitted room may have been used as a set for a movie. While he doubted that the room was used for criminal activities, he added that police are justified in looking into the matter.

"There needs to be an explanation. If they can figure out who has been there and if this was voluntary, then they don't have to spend time looking for a body," he told the newspaper.

Xzenu Cronström Beskow, an expert on sadomasochism with the Swedish Association for Sexuality Education (Riksförbundet för Sexuell Upplysning – RFSU) told the Metro newspaper it's "not at all uncommon" for people to have a hobby room of some sort to act out their sexual fantasies.

He added, however, that having such a room in an abandoned cabin deep in the Swedish woods "is a bit unusual".

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13:37 March 28, 2011 by William Sachsen-Coburg-Gotha
Damn. I knew I should have bought a stronger lock.
14:16 March 28, 2011 by SimonDMontfort
..well, .if you're gonna spend all that money on the gear, could have 'popped in' to Bauhaus for a half-decent Assa lock!

Lol!
14:26 March 28, 2011 by Nemesis
This is ridiculous.

OK, so someone has a bizarre sexual hobby room for their fantasies. So what?

Why do the police care?

Are they the sex police?

Is whatever consenting adults do illegal in Sweden?

The police have there priorities all wrong. They don't even investigate rapes and let rapists go free due to lack of investigation, yet try to track down people who engage in consenting activities.

I suppose the police will be looking for a ripped condom as an excuse to press criminal charges.
14:36 March 28, 2011 by Angry Ami
Quick call commissar Beck!
14:53 March 28, 2011 by christo
HEHEHE i wana see the movie if it was realy that they were shooting under.
15:25 March 28, 2011 by ionut
The big question is:This is an anal sex chamber or an oral sex chamber?
15:28 March 28, 2011 by martiancat
I don't think they want to press charges, just make sure that no one was hurt.
15:37 March 28, 2011 by Nemesis
@ martiancat,

I think the point of the chamber was to make sure someone was hurt and enjoyed it in the process:)
16:23 March 28, 2011 by Tanskalainen
Carl Emanuelsson and Gudrun Schyman were seen entering and exiting the chamber frequently.
16:51 March 28, 2011 by Kalyissa
Nemesis, I think they are looking in to it because there could be a chance someone was held against thier will.

Perhaps yes it was between two consenting adults and if so then the people who created it should probably come forward to the police so the police know wether or not they are wasting there time.

If no one does come forward then you can't help but think that it is slightly dubious.
17:12 March 28, 2011 by Nemesis
@ Kalyissa,

I would be more concerned as to why two people who were snooping around a house they did not own, have not been charged with trespassing.
20:10 March 28, 2011 by Tanskalainen
What's Swedesmith's take on this? I haven't seen his posts lately, I hope he is o.k.
20:17 March 28, 2011 by Atlas
OK people...S&M party i promised will be postponed until further notice...Sorry for the inconvenience...Until next party then...
20:23 March 28, 2011 by volvoman9
Kudos to the journalist who penned the title.
22:04 March 28, 2011 by Swedesmith
@ tans I've been on vacation. Spent some time in a little cabin way back in the woods getting in touch with nature. Hee hee.

@ volvo Yes, I thought the same thing. Wonder if they were the same police who rubbed themselves on car doors and if they used the same instrument to probe the crime scene.
22:55 March 28, 2011 by wenddiver
@nemis- I would assume, since it's out in the woods, instead of some club type scene, they are probably thinking Serial Murder.
23:54 March 28, 2011 by Nemesis
@ wenddiver,

You mean someone ran an illegal club and made a lot of money. Most likely they are investigating it for tax reasons or to find out if Assange visited it.

Having a BDSM dungeon does not mean a person is a serial killer. Serial killers cover there tracks, not build special rooms for kinky sex.

Going by Swedish men, I would nearly put on a bet, this will turn out to belong to a lesbian feminist.
00:02 March 29, 2011 by charubun pananon
Please keep it as it is for rent. Some would say "it is fantastic theme room".
00:52 March 29, 2011 by irridium
How does one become an expert on sadomasochism? Is there a special program at uni? Lol
03:57 March 29, 2011 by volvoman9
@Swedesmith So.....six degrees of separation or less
05:16 March 29, 2011 by MarkinBoston
So the Swedish police are puzzled by this? I recommend sissy slut training for all of them - They won't be puzzled any more. ;-)
07:24 March 29, 2011 by zerotolerancenow
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10:06 March 29, 2011 by Kalyissa
Have you got something against the Swedish police / goverment or something Nemesis? Or do you simply believe that of course no one could ever get held against thier will in such a room below an abandoned farm in the middle of the woods.

That instead its a conspiricy against that Australian muppet.
10:18 March 29, 2011 by Nemesis
@ Kalyissa,

I just think the police should grow up and go out and start catching criminals, instead of using this an excuse to be a bunch of puritans.
12:15 March 29, 2011 by Kalyissa
They do go out and catch criminals, it's not like they sit there doing nothing. We have two good friends that are in the police force one is in Malmö and the other Ystad (Hi Wallander!)

How is them investigating a room that probably does seem slightly suspious a bad thing? Perhaps nothing happened but perhaps something bad did happen there? Surely it's better to at least look in to it rather than do nothing?
12:56 March 30, 2011 by Clarabow
"Or do you simply believe that of course no one could ever get held against thier will in such a room"

More common than you might think - but then you would have to be a policeman to know that - or you could read up on Fred West, Joseph Fritzel, or how about the criminal gangs who force poor women into becoming sex slaves - no not in some far flung despotic country, the problem is in English towns and cities and growing. Had the Police investigated Fred West and Cromwell Road sooner (but they had more important things to do) his last victim/s might have been saved.
10:11 March 31, 2011 by Rebel
Hey Bevis, he wrote "police probe secret Swedish sex chamber" heh heh heh heh
18:48 April 1, 2011 by tadchem
Please do let us know if anyone ever uncovers *real* evidence of a crime.
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