On Wednesday, May 31, 1995 a woman checked into the Oslo Plaza Hotel accompanied by a male companion at about 10:44 PM. She used the alias name “Jennifer Fergate” (or “Fairgate,” as the room was assigned) and the man used the name “Lois Fergate.” She claimed to be 21 years old and native to Belgium. The pair stayed in room 2805, which cost 1845,-NOK per night.
“Jennifer” spoke fluent German and English. The pair stayed in the room for three nights and did not pay for their stay, despite warnings from hotel staff that were acknowledged. “Lois” was not in the room between Thursday and Friday morning. The “do not disturb” sign had been placed on the door on those days as well.
On June 3, a gunshot (later discovered to be a “test firing” into the woman’s pillow) was heard by a security guard at about 7:50 PM and a second shot was soon heard later. After a few minutes, the guard entered the room and discovered “Jennifer” lying supine on the bed with a gunshot wound to her forehead. The gun rested in her hand; held to her chest. The suicide was likely planned, according to police.
The woman had no passport with her or any identifying characteristics. Both of the hotel keys were in the room, indicating “Lois” did not plan to return after departing.
The woman was buried on June 26, 1996 in a pauper’s grave.
Reconstruction of victim by Harald Nygård
- Date found: June 3, 1995
- Place found: Oslo, Norway
- Race: Caucasian
- Gender: Female
- Age: 21-35
- Height: 159 cm
- Weight: 67 kg
- Eye Color: Blue
- Hair Color: Black and short, possibly dyed
- Distinguishing Marks: Unknown
- Estimated Date of Dead: Minutes prior. Suicide by gunshot
- Clothing: Black clothing. Long blouse, bra, long silk underwear, stockings and high-heeled shoes made in Italy. Three light-colored bras were located in her travel bag. Four jackets were also found. One was black and leather, another was a light-colored wool material. All but one label from the clothing had been removed.
- Jewelry: Gold ring on right middle finger. Citizen Aqualand diving watch. It held three 370 batteries manufactured in late 1994, marked with “W395.” The etching was possibly done by the merchant who changed the batteries. The watch appeared to have been manufactured around 1992.
- Personal Items: The weapon was a Browning 9mm pistol. The gun was manufactured in Belgium in 1990 or 1991. The serial number had been dissolved in acid. Some numbers were later discovered after examination. There were 32 live rounds for the gun in the woman’s briefcase. “Ungaro Pour L’Homme 1” cologne (made for men). Turquoise-green cloth travel bag. Black Braun Büffel attaché case with elephant logo.
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- Fingerprints: Available
- DNA: Available
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