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Boy survives Swedish campground 'hanging'

TT/The Local/gs · 24 Apr 2011, 08:59

Published: 24 Apr 2011 08:59 GMT+02:00

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“A very unpleasant story,” Bjarne Andersson, who was on guard for the Värmland County police, told news agency TT.

The assault, classified as attempted murder by police, occurred at 9pm Friday night. The boy, who lived with his family at the camping site, was playing alone in the campground's playground.

“Suddenly someone come from behind, put a noose around his neck and pulled him up into a tree,” Andersson told TT.

“But he doesn't know how many people it was,” said Andersson.

Under interrogation, the boy could also not say anything about the age of the culprit or culprits.

Criminal inspector with Värmland Police, Pernilla Palm, told Aftonbladet the only thing the boy could recollect was that one person was wearing a white t-shirt.

After struggling to not suffocate for ten minutes, the boy was saved by someone who happened to be passing by.

“It really was about how long you can stand on your toes,” Palm told Aftonbladet. “It could have been really bad.”

The police have safeguarded the rope as evidence.

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“But we don't have any other tracks to follow,” Andersson said late Saturday night, asking for the public's help.

The boy will be examined more thoroughly Sunday in the hospital. He is badly inflamed from the noose.

TT/The Local/gs (news@thelocal.se)

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09:26 April 24, 2011 by bolababu
probably some stupid drunken youths who thought this would make a good joke. funny how everyone in sweden is trying so hard to have a good laugh through the most ridiculous actions i can imagine. sick people.
09:39 April 24, 2011 by Keith #5083
I have met some pretty nasty drunken over-50's in Sweden as well, #bolababu. (I'm 66).

In any event, the culprit/s need to be found - and quickly - before they do something similar with more tragic results.

Someone must have seen something...!
11:05 April 24, 2011 by wenddiver
Does nobody have a blood hound?
11:05 April 24, 2011 by Douglas Garner
So... how did he get down?
11:20 April 24, 2011 by johnny1939
The culprit probably was abused as a child so we must not punish him that would be the attitude the court would take in this horrific incident.
12:29 April 24, 2011 by Dr. Dillner
Almost never made it into puberty.
12:46 April 24, 2011 by wenddiver
Remind me never to sign up for the Swedish Adventure Camping Package.
13:23 April 24, 2011 by muscle
Ok I understand the Sweds used to be vikings... but NOW YOU ARE NOT! So stop acting as one!
14:30 April 24, 2011 by Swedesmith
A troubling story on many levels....
15:49 April 24, 2011 by amirhosein

amazing comment.

nice one!
17:48 April 24, 2011 by laviniutza

But i still wonder where the parents were. It said he was with his parents at the camp, so he misses for almost 30 minutes and they dont notice it? The boy was saved by a passer. Means family didnt even saw him missing. As a parent i would feel guilty. And the one who made the prank should be jailed for murder attempt.
19:19 April 24, 2011 by fishpicks
It's amazing to me how everyone in this country is so open to alcohol, which was probably what the culprits were on, but freak out over any other drug. It's pretty clear that people here can't be moderate in their drinking... Even something as generally harmless as cannabis is enough to trigger anger and disgust in most swedes. A country of hypocrites? Why, yes.
22:47 April 24, 2011 by jack sprat
True, they are very good at bullying the weak and defenceless,... face them head on and they'll crawl under the nearest stone.
06:06 April 25, 2011 by wenddiver
Maybe it was justified, many people used to have to be lynched in Texas during my Great Grandfather's time, because they were "Bad Hombres". Definetly can't have "Bad Hombres", Poker cheats, Carpet baggers, Beaners, Sheep Herders, Nancy Boys, Horse thiefs, Cattle Rustlers, Republicans (yes, Yankee Republicans were considered a type of Vermin immediatly after our Civil War), Mormons, Taxing politicians,Chinamen, goat gropers, people who fail to fit into civil society, men who don't wear pistols. People used to try and fit into society. Back then law and polite society was maintained by large groups of concerned citizens with a rope, their Colt pistols and a Winchester rifle and it was a nicer place to live.

People just don't care about the communities they live in anymore and now days if you hear of a hanging it is probably something criminal, instead of a civic improvement. Society is going to hell!
06:56 April 25, 2011 by JulianCoulter

What could possibly make you think this was justified? What could justify hanging an eleven year old boy? And do you think it's right to hang people for having different beliefs than common beliefs that dominate society, or for being from another country? They can't help where they're born, so why should they be punished for that? Why should people who are different and who refuse to conform be hung? Ever heard of natural law?

Right now in today's society, you would be the one that would be hung. Because today, personal freedom is the most important thing to people, and we all have the right to life, which means you actually do not have the right to take someone's life unless in self defence. Then, and only then is killing justified.

Your way of thinking is rather archaic. If you wish to survive, you must adapt. This isn't 1861, this is 2011.
08:45 April 25, 2011 by HYBRED
Something about the facts surrounding this story doesn't seem right. I would not be surprised that it turns out to be a hoax.
08:53 April 25, 2011 by ccb

Are you serious? An 11 year old boy is a "Bad Hombre". So your religion condones killing? Hmmm, I don't think you should worry about others going to hell. Focus on your own life and character.
09:53 April 25, 2011 by wenddiver
@Julian Coulter and ccb-

What could justify hanging an eleven year old boy?

Maybe he committed a crime when he was 10 and you had to investigate it.

And do you think it's right to hang people for having different beliefs than common beliefs that dominate society, or for being from another country?

Not if they are Women or ordained Clergy.

Duh, your having your chain yanked. It was a joke, nobody hangs Goat Gropers, beaners, children or Chinamen. It is called being fasicous in this country. Suggest you Google Judge Roy Bean, law and order came to Texas fairly early. You might want to watch fewer Italian Western movies.

Still having a plan to deal with "Bad Hombres" is probably a good thing in any society and I don't know of Jesus ever saying anything bad about hanging "Bad Hombres".

Sadly they don't hang people in Texas anymore, they do a fine job of sticking murderers with needles though and pumping them full of poison.
10:31 April 25, 2011 by J Jack
The article says that the Norwegian family were 'living' at the camp. That is different from camping at the camp. Some people do move in to holiday camps as an economic alternative because they don't have work or are just unmotivated to keep up with all the responsibilities of renting or owning a home. Their kids often miss out on state education and remain under the radar. Later you will find them selling roses on bar terraces. We know in Sweden there is racism and fear of non-Swedes and lately there was much comment on TL about Gypsies. Camping grounds can be very weird places to actually live in forming their own 'animal farm' style of sub-laws. I think we will find the lynchers knew the victim. Looks like a bully scene gone sadistic. Poor kid.
10:36 April 25, 2011 by Rick Methven

a hoax?

As usual you hit the keyboard without engaging brain

Quote:"Fellow Norwegian Stig Engebretsen who discovered the 11-year-old when he was out looking for his own son on Friday evening, said he was shaking with fear when he was eventually freed."

sound like a hoax to you? dimwit
10:53 April 25, 2011 by Keith #5083
Questions about child hanging 'justification' should be directed to the Taleban who are experts in this matter, "A seven-year-old boy was murdered by the Taleban in an apparent act of retribution this week. Afghan officials said that the child was accused of spying for US and Nato forces and hanged from a tree in southern Afghanistan".

It also seems from some comments here that too many peeps are watching to much film/tv fiction. Our ability to insert theory into circumstance and call it fact has risen exponentially in relation to our available free time!

I hope they catch the culprits and that they are hit were it really hurts...in their wallets/possessions. A massive multimillion kr. damages award,in favour of the terrified boy, would sound about right to me. Prison is too much of a holiday camp for these pervs!
11:13 April 25, 2011 by wenddiver
@keith #5083- the Taliban would be both "bad hombres" and people who fail to fit in to civil society, they should be hung after questioning.
11:51 April 25, 2011 by HYBRED
@Rick Methven

Here you go again. When you have no intellegent thing to say you resort to name calling. You should really grow up and get a grip, or enroll in a drug rehab program?
00:29 April 26, 2011 by MichiganLady
Wow Sweden's getting a bad rap coming and going. Lucky the boy DIDN'T die--can you imagine the headlines THEN?

Hoping they catch the sub-humans who did this--maybe there IS more to the story, maybe they knew the kid. But no matter how hairy the situation unfolds, no one deserves this, and no one has the right to take such action.
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