New video reveals clues about motorcycle 'Ghostrider'
David Landes · 14 Jan 2009, 14:49
Published: 14 Jan 2009 14:49 GMT+01:00
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Clad in black leather with a dark visor covering his face, the “Ghostrider” is unidentifiable in his films, save for the breakneck speeds at which he weaves through traffic on Swedish motorways.
The first “Ghostrider” film appeared in 2002, and collections of his daredevil driving are available for purchase on the internet.
The video sharing website YouTube also features a number of clips which have received millions of views, turning the “Ghostrider” into a celebrated folk hero among rebellious web surfers and motorcycle enthusiasts.
“That he hasn’t hurt a bystander is a miracle,” said the police’s Ann Lindberg to Aftonbladet.
“That he’s still alive himself is an even greater miracle.”
But in a recent video, currently under review by Stockholm area police, the mysterious motorcycle driver may have inadvertently revealed his identity.
The movie shows a person on a motorcycle followed by several police cars along the E4 motorway south of Stockholm, according to the Aftonbladet newspaper.
Shortly thereafter, the motorcycle driver speeds off, leaving the motorway at the next exit. The film continues until the driver reaches a garage and the motorcycle is turned off.
But the camera continues to roll, and a few minutes later a leather-clad man wearing a helmet strolls into the shot.
In a later shot, someone who is believed to be the same person can be seen pulling on a pair of sweatpants, his face clearly visible on the film.
The 40-year-old man thought to be the "Ghostrider" flatly denied to Aftonbladet that he was the one driving the motorcycle.
“The company I work for distributes the films,” he said.
“But that the same person would drive, produce, manufacture, and sell; that’s a bit far-fetched.”