Mr. Fritz Moen of Norway was an avid Liverpool Football Club supporter. Following the results of the reds was a favorite past time for the multi-handicapped person. In the late 1970s Liverpool FC was steamrolling its competitors match after match.
On the very same day that two Liverpool fixtures year apart were played, two murders were committed in Trondheim, Norway. The two criminal acts would eventually destroy innocent Moen’s life.
On Saturday September 4th in 1976, Liverpool FC beat Coventry City 3-1 at home at Anfield. Kevin Keegan, David Johnson and John Toshack netted for the reds. Later this evening a student in Trondheim was raped and murdered.
A year later, Saturday October 1st, LFC lost 2-0 to Manchester United in front of 55.000 spectators at Old Trafford. Later that evening another young female student was raped and murdered in Trondheim.
Despite having alibies on both dates, Fritz Moen was first charged for murder in the 1977 incident, and later for the case in 1976. He was, in reality, sentenced for life on both accounts. Contrary to his good behavior, Moen would spend longer periods in solitary confinement. His handicap both in hearing and speaking made this especially painful for the innocent man. He was in fact deprived of communicating with other human beings for most of his time in jail.
The son of a German soldier and a feeble Norwegian mother in 1941, Moen was judged an outcast from the very moment he was born. His handicap, which didn’t enable him normal interaction with other kids and people, and lack of parents meant that he spent his childhood and adolescence in several institutions. After his confirmation, he sat outside the church crying. His mates were surrounded by family; Fritz had no family and was all alone.
The difficulty of communicating was frustrating, in particular, with women. For a short spell he was a flasher. All of these attributes made Moen an easy target for a police force eager to find a murderer. The public demand for a convicted perpetrator was mounting in the years following the brutal murders.
In his award winning book of 2007 “Overgrepet” (Maltreatment), private eye Mr. Tore Sandberg dissects the atrocious police and judicial work. After working a decade on his case, financed by tabloid magazine “Se og Hør”, Sandberg won exonerations for Moen on both accounts.
Together with renowned lawyer Mr. John Christian Elden, Sandberg was able to get the last acquittal on behalf of Moen in August 2006. Sadly, Moen would not be able to experience the joy as he passed away in March 2005. A week after Liverpool FC beat Everton 2-1 at Anfield.
None of the representatives of the State who were paid to get innocent Fritz Moen illegally charged, sentenced and imprisoned have ever apologized for the gruesome injustice Moen had to endure. The silence tactic employed is the very proof of an official error. They do not want to take responsibility for their failures.
What is even more questionable is the promoting of perpetrators. One of the worst offenders in the Moen case, prosecutor Mr. Olaf Jakhelln, was promoted to the highest judicial position in the very same district Jakhelln’s malpractice took place.
In the process of getting the wrongful judgments reopened, several attempts were made to cover-up for the sinister judicial work that put Moen away.
In the appeal cases, judges would discard obvious facts and maintain wrongful sentences on minute protocol because it sounded good on judicious paper. This is when details overshadow the topic, because it sounds cleverer to master the tiny things. The big picture is not interesting.
It is easy for very intelligent people of the law to carve out phrases and judicial lingo that will protect them against any wrongdoing. Furthermore, nobody will make them accountable. The people that handle judicial processes are the brethren in the law hood. No other place is the fox minding the geese as much as in the judicial domain. Thus, people of the law are pretentiously flawless.
Obvious wrongful decisions permeate not only the judicial system. It is like a snowball. Once it has started to roll down the hill, it will only gain momentum. It is important to learn how the initial and damaging processes start in order to avoid miscarriage of justice and other bad decision making.
Because, once an error has been made, it will feed on anything to stay alive.
In the Fritz Moen cases the numbers of errors are staggering. Only five will be listed here:
- In one case, Moen was manipulated in interrogation to confess details so they would fit foot in shoe with the other other evidence.
- In the other case, the police did the opposite. Other evidence was adjusted to fit Moen’s explanation.
- The police created a theory that bacteria had changed the blood type of the perpetrator found on one victim so it could match Moen’s blood type.
- In a reenactment of one murder the police dropped the sequence where the perpetrator had to tie a knot around the victim’s neck. Moen’s right arm was crippled and it would have been impossible for him to tie the knot.
- During the sentencing court cases no sufficient time was spent on interpreters for the deaf. It is astonishing that the administrator would continue the trials when it was obvious that there was no real communication between Moen and the court. Expert witness who alerted the court of the problem was threatened to silence by Judge Mr. Karl Solberg. He was the only person in the court with the authority to dismiss the obstruction of justice that all bystanders were uncomfortably aware of.
Fritz Moen’s case is so unique that it adjoins everybody. If injustice unashamedly can be carried out in such an important matter as in two – 2 – distinct murder cases, what about the ordinary cases? When members of the judicial system have a weak understanding of what is wrong or right, it is your responsibility to acknowledge it: Always question authority.
We’re sorry Fritz, You Walked Alone.
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