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British paparazzi stalk Sweden's 'snow-man'

The Local/og · 23 Feb 2012, 15:02

Published: 23 Feb 2012 15:02 GMT+01:00

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“Staff members on the wards are outraged and upset that this has happened, this behaviour is clearly inappropriate,” Ulf Segerberg, Chief Medical Officer of Norrland University Hospital, told The Local.

According to one report in the Aftonbladet newspaper, the hospital in Umeå, northern Sweden, was visited on Wednesday by an “elderly” British photographer.

“Yes, I can confirm that there have been journalists in the common rooms and the corridors of our hospital – places where they shouldn’t be,” Segerberg said, adding that he could not confirm or deny the photographers' nationalities.

After doctors asked the man to leave and he didn’t listen, staff members threatened to call the police, and were then forced to chase the photographer away.

He was, according to the paper, opening random doors in the hopes of capturing the first images of the man since he emerged from his snow covered vehicle on Friday.

It is unclear which newspaper the photographers were representing.

“Sweden’s healthcare system has a strong history and tradition of confidentiality, so we are often irritated when journalists step over the line, however this isn’t the first time," Segerberg said.

The snow survivor, named in media reports as Peter Skyllberg, has captured the attention of the international media, with newspapers around the world eagerly releasing the mysterious details of the story as they develop.

Yet so far, little is known about the man, and he has not spoken of his ordeal to anyone, with most reports based on interviews Skyllberg's family and acquaintances.

Skyllberg was found in his Jeep Grand Cherokee in the early afternoon of February 17th.

He was uncovered by passing snowmobilers, who were surprised to see movements through the windows of the snowed-in car which was parked at the end of an unused forest road.

Police and rescue teams were called in, and police reported that the man said he had not eaten since December 19th.

Many experts have questioned the claim that Skyllberg lived so long without food, but others said it was theoretically possible to survive for such a length of time (61 days) with only snow to eat.

The man has allegedly been out of contact with his family for years.

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According to Aftonbladet, Skyllberg ran into serious financial problems after a failed attempt to sell an apartment building he had bought four years ago for 1.75 million kronor ($264,551).

While the renovation started off with promise, it soon sucked up more and more money.

"He called to say he was bankrupt," a friend told Aftonbladet, who added that all the stress and hard work had made Skyllberg ill.

In December, he was ordered to pay 1.6 million kronor in back payments on a loan, and went missing soon after.

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Your comments about this article

16:32 February 23, 2012 by oldonpalouse
Reminds me of an American movie where the government official asks the journalist 'You used to be a person, can you understand my concern for my family?' The narcissistic journalist can only think of her career.

I would like to hear your comments on this type of journalism?
16:39 February 23, 2012 by muscle
OH MY GOD... December 19th is my birthday. What a coincidence. Perhaps now I will get associated with this so called SNOW MAN!
18:26 February 23, 2012 by Fineliner
My apologies on the behalf of the UK. Tabloids on Fleet Street has always been lacking in ethical standards.
19:49 February 23, 2012 by SimonDMontfort
How can it be deduced, from the article, that these people were either 'journalists', or from Fleet Street? (E.g "It is unclear which newspaper the photographers were representing")

Did they wear hats with 'PRESS' tags attached to them?

Yes - if they were from the 'British press', they deserve to be slammed for their behaviour
20:38 February 23, 2012 by skogsbo
They will be to a news agency or work freelance. Selling pics to the highest bidding newspaper or magazine. They probably float around Scandinavia, grabbing pics of celebs for mags, camerons visit, royal baby. The first pic of this guy will sell very quickly and not cheap.
22:51 February 23, 2012 by VicTaulic
Is this a joke? With all this press, this "snowmoron" will become Sweden's next billionaire with all the donations he will get.
22:55 February 23, 2012 by skogsbo
People have written books off the back of less.
00:02 February 24, 2012 by muscle
ok honestly speaking, now I feel once when he lost all hope he just went on the drive thinking how to pay the debt. then his car broke down, or he just parked it and started to sleep there in silence feeling sorry for himself. it started to snow soon. by morning it was too much snow... and he stayed in the car hmm(but seriously no one prefers it for 2 months)

so then he came up with the idea of becoming the word of the town, following the idea from that Kitchen Nuclear Power plant guy, he decided to create a story of his own. To his luck he started to gain attention of such nuthead photographers!

He will become famous soon, might be invited by Operah, and may be he will receive a huge sum of money from the show. He will also cry there, he will also tell Operah and the audiance, how the memories flashed before his eyes blah blah..

and he will be able to pay back his debt :) a happy ending.
07:56 February 24, 2012 by karex
Another explanation is that the man may have decided that with no other way out, the only escape from the debt was death and could not bring himself to jump in front of a train or other drastic action. People have been known to take their lives for less.
10:29 February 24, 2012 by muscle

I thought about that but for two months of suffering, i am sure IF this was his intension he would have thought about jumping off some bridge or building or something.

But two years of suffering.. its like dying with the hope of getting being saved!
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