Is a Netflix series behind ‘stone murder’ in Denmark?

As Funen Police continue to investigate a stone-throwing incident that claimed the life of a German motorist, there is new speculation that the perpetrator may have been inspired by the Netflix series ‘Slasher’.

Is a Netflix series behind ‘stone murder’ in Denmark?
Police investigate an overpass in Tingbjerg, one of many locations where someone has thrown stones onto passing vehicles. Photo: Bax Lindhardt/Scanpix
There have been a series of incidents in recent months in which heavy stones have been thrown down from motorway overpasses onto passing vehicles below.
In August, a car belonging to a family of German tourists was struck by a 30-kilo stone tile on the island of Funen. The 33-year-old female passenger was killed, while the 36-year-old driver was seriously injured. The couple’s five-year-old son escaped injury. 
Similar incidents have reported throughout Denmark, one as recently as Monday when an ambulance that was transporting a heart attack victim was hit by a stone thrown from an overpass in Aalborg. 
Now police say that whoever is throwing the stones may have been inspired by a Canadian horror series called ‘Slasher’ that recently premiered on Netflix in Denmark. 
“In connection with our investigation we have been made aware of a Netflix series that includes an episode in which a person throws a concrete block down on a driving car. The series is called ’Slasher’,” Funen Police Commissioner Michael Lichtenstein told Jyllands-Posten. 
“A resident directed our attention to it and it can’t be ruled out that someone may have been inspired by it. Just like all of those people who are going around doing it [throwing stones onto cars, ed.] may have been inspired by our current case,” he added. 
The trailer for the series shows a clip in which a concrete block is thrown from an overpass onto an oncoming car:
Jørn Beckmann, the head psychologist at Odense Hospital, agreed that the recent spate of stone-throwing incidents could very well be the result of the copycat effect.
“Typically it is young people who don’t have the sufficient self control to stop themselves. The obvious adrenaline rush in throwing stones is appealing,” he told Jyllands-Posten. 
Lichtenstein said last month that many private citizens and local businesses have offered to put up a reward for any information that would lead to an arrest in the fatal Funen incident, which police are treating as a murder and attempted murder
“The enquiries about a reward go to show how much this case has affected the public,” he said. 

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Danish court jails woman in 4 billion euro money laundering case

A Danish court on Thursday sentenced a woman to jail for attempting to launder nearly four billion euros, the largest case of money-laundering in the Nordic country's history.

Danish court jails woman in 4 billion euro money laundering case

The 49-year-old Lithuanian woman had confessed to the crime in police interviews, Denmark’s Prosecution Service said in a statement.

Between December 2008 and March 2016, nearly four billion euros were funnelled through a series of companies, all of which had accounts in Danske Bank’s Estonian branch.

“This is the largest amount we have seen in a money laundering case brought before a court in Denmark,” special prosecutor Lisette Jørgensen said in a statement.

“The woman had a role in a large money laundering complex built around 40 Danish limited partnerships,” Jorgensen added.

Using her expertise, she “made it possible for the companies to move money around in order to disguise their illegal origins”, the prosecutor said.

According to the prosecution service, two other defendants in the case have also been linked to the companies. 

One is a 49-year-old former Russian citizen who is in custody after she was extradited from the UK in December 2021, and the other is a 56-year-old Lithuanian man living in Denmark.

The Lithuanian woman sentenced Thursday was given three years and 11 months in prison for laundering millions in a separate case. 

Together with Thursday’s verdict, her total sentence is eight years in jail.

Prosecutors also said the case is connected a larger scandal involving Danske Bank, Denmark’s largest.

The bank is still recovering after it became embroiled in criminal investigations in several countries over some 200 billion euros in transfers that passed through its Estonian branch between 2007 and 2015, involving some 15,000 foreign clients, many Russian.

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