Sugar Paper Theories
Originally published in 2016 and now back in print. Forty-five years ago in 1974, two men went missing in separate incidents in Southwest Iceland. The facts of their disappearances are scarce, and often mundane. In another time or place, they might have been logged as missing persons and forgotten by all but family and friends. Instead, the Gudmundur and Geirfinnur case became a notorious unresolved double murder investigation that continues to rock Icelandic society to this day. Ultimately, a group of young people on the fringes of society became its key protagonists. All made confessions that led to convictions and prison sentences. Yet none could remember what happened on the nights in question. A public inquiry uncovered another story, of how hundreds of days and nights in the hands of a brutal criminal justice system eroded the link between suspects’ memories and lived experience.