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NCJ Number: 62913 Find in a Library
Title: REPORTER AT LARGE - THE BANK DRAMA
Journal: NEW YORKER  Dated:(NOVEMBER 25, 1974)  Pages:56-126
Author(s): D LANG
Corporate Author: New Yorker Magazine, Inc
United States of America
Date Published: 1974
Page Count: 37
Sponsoring Agency: New Yorker Magazine, Inc
New York, NY 10036
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: THE 6-DAY ORDEAL OF FOUR HOSTAGES HELD AT GUNPOINT IN A BANK IN STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN, IS DESCRIBED, AS IS THEIR DEVELOPING RELATIONSHIP WITH THEIR CAPTORS, THEIR RELEASE, AND THE POSTRELEASE PSYCHIATRIC TREATMENT.
Abstract: IN 1974, JAN-ERIK OLSSON, AN ESCAPED 32-YEAR-OLD SWEDISH CONVICT, ENTERED ONE OF STOCKHOLM'S LARGEST BANKS, TOOK HOSTAGES, AND DEMANDED A CHOSEN ACCOMPLICE, A FAST GETAWAY CAR, TWO PISTOLS, AND A SUM OF ABOUT $710,000 IN SWEDISH CROWNS. HE CALCULATED THAT HIS DEMANDS WOULD BE MET BECAUSE OF A SWEDISH AVERSION TO VIOLENCE AND THE TENSION PROVIDED BY AN ONGOING ELECTION CAMPAIGN. AS TIME PASSED, THE HOSTAGES BEGAN TO SYMPATHIZE MORE AND MORE WITH THEIR CAPTOR, A FACT WHICH, ACCORDING TO INTERVIEWS AND A FIVE-VOLUME POLICE REPORT, REINFORCED OLSSON'S LEADERSHIP. OLSSON'S BEHAVIOR RESULTED FROM A MIX OF CALCULATED SELF-INTEREST, A CONCERN ABOUT HIS SOCIAL STANDING IN PRISON SOCIETY, AND HIS FEELINGS OF FRIENDSHIP TO HIS CAPTIVES. POLICE FINALLY RESCUED THE HOSTAGES USING TEAR GAS. THE CAPTIVES WERE SUBSEQUENTLY TREATED AT A PSYCHIATRIC CLINIC. A FINAL INTERVIEW WITH OLSSON SUGGESTS THAT THE CONVICT HAD CONSIDERED KILLING THE HOSTAGES BUT THAT THE DEVELOPING FRIENDSHIP WITH THEM, PLUS HIS WISH TO LIVE, CAUSED HIM TO RECONSIDER. (AOP)
Index Term(s): Crisis management; Hostage syndromes; Hostage takers; Hostages; Personal Security/Self Protection; Sweden
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