Murder probe explores World of Warcraft ties

Prosecutors are looking into what role the popular online adventure game World of Warcraft may have played in the weekend death of a woman in a Stockholm suburb.

Murder probe explores World of Warcraft ties

Police discovered the body of Erika Eriksson on Sunday morning in an apartment located in Spånga west of Stockholm.

A 33-year-old man from Sandviken in eastern Sweden who was in the apartment when police arrived has been detained on suspicions of murder.

The night before, Eriksson, a native of Arvika in central Sweden, had been celebrating her 28th birthday with friends.

She had moved into the sublet apartment a week earlier in order to look for work in the Stockholm area.

Most of the friends celebrating with Eriksson last Saturday night knew each other through their common interest in World of Warcraft.

“We understand that several of those who were there had the World of Warcraft computer game as a common interest,” prosecutor Christina Voigt told the Nya Wermlands-Tidningen (NWT) newspaper.

Speaking with the Metro newspaper, Voigt added that the game and how it may have figured in the killing is now an important part of the investigation.

“We know there are connections and it’s something we’re looking into,” she told Metro.

Police confirm that the suspect and the victim were acquainted, but refuse to elaborate on the duration or nature of the relationship or on the cause of death.

“They knew each other, but we’re not going to get into how or why she was killed,” said police spokesperson Mats Eriksson to Metro.

But an acquaintance of Eriksson confirmed for NWT that she and the 33-year-old knew one another and that they met recently as a result of playing World of Warcraft.

Initial reports indicated Eriksson had been strangled, but police refuse to confirm the exact cause of death, the Arbetarbladet newspaper reports.

The suspect is set to be interrogated further on Tuesday, at which time prosecutors will decide whether to seek a remand order against him.


Swedish opposition proposes ‘rapid tests for ADHD’ to cut gang crime

The Moderate Party in Stockholm has called for children in so called "vulnerable areas" to be given rapid tests for ADHD to increase treatment and cut gang crime.

Swedish opposition proposes 'rapid tests for ADHD' to cut gang crime

In a press release, the party proposed that treating more children in troubled city areas would help prevent gang crime, given that “people with ADHD diagnoses are “significantly over-represented in the country’s jails”. 

The idea is that children in so-called “vulnerable areas”, which in Sweden normally have a high majority of first and second-generation generation immigrants, will be given “simpler, voluntary tests”, which would screen for ADHD, with those suspected of having the neuropsychiatric disorder then put forward for proper evaluations to be given by a child psychiatrist. 

“The quicker you can put in place measures, the better the outcomes,” says Irene Svenonius, the party’s leader in the municipality, of ADHD treatment, claiming that children in Sweden with an immigrant background were less likely to be medicated for ADHD than other children in Sweden. 

In the press release, the party said that there were “significant differences in the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD within Stockholm country”, with Swedish-born children receiving diagnosis and treatment to a higher extent, and with ADHD “with the greatest probability” underdiagnosed in vulnerable areas. 

At a press conference, the party’s justice spokesman Johan Forsell, said that identifying children with ADHD in this areas would help fight gang crime. 

“We need to find these children, and that is going to help prevent crime,” he said. 

Sweden’s climate minister Annika Strandhäll accused the Moderates of wanting to “medicate away criminality”. 

Lotta Häyrynen, editor of the trade union-backed comment site Nya Mitten, pointed out that the Moderates’s claim to want to help children with neuropsychiatric diagnoses in vulnerable areas would be more credible if they had not closed down seven child and youth psychiatry units. 

The Moderate Party MP and debater Hanif Bali complained about the opposition from left-wing commentators and politicians.

“My spontaneous guess would have been that the Left would have thought it was enormously unjust that three times so many immigrant children are not getting a diagnosis or treatment compared to pure-Swedish children,” he said. “Their hate for the Right is stronger than their care for the children. 

Swedish vocab: brottsförebyggande – preventative of crime