Both a man and a woman were found murdered on Tuesday in cases believed to involve partnership conflicts. In one case, a woman was killed in Elverum by a former boyfriend who ended up killing himself as well, while a woman in the coastal city of Stavern is charged with killing a man with whom “she had a relation.” An international warrant has been issued for her arrest.
In Elverum, a woman was found shot to death in her car outside the local hospital where she’d been paying a visit with a family member. Her former boyfriend was also found seriously wounded in the car and later died after being airlifted to Norway’s largest hospital in Oslo.
He’s been charged post-mortem with her murder. Police confirmed that she’d obtained a restraining order against him that he had violated on several occasions. Police also acknowledged that she’d asked for a security alarm to carry with her at all times, and they accepted criticism on Wednesday for failing to fulfill her request for the alarm.
In Stavern, meanwhile, a woman in her 40s is charged with murdering a man in his 50s. His body was found on Tuesday in a house after concerned relatives called police when they couldn’t make contact with him. The woman, whom police say “had a relation” to the victim, had not been apprehended as of Wednesday afternoon, when police also announced they’d sent out an international arrest warrant. Both are Norwegian citizens.
Norway’s murder rate has been rising, with more people killed in 2023 (36) than in any of the last 10 years. It’s the first time since 2013 that the annual murder count has surpassed 30. Six more killings have been reported since New Year’s Day, including a triple murder-suicide in Northern Norway.