World 'Unsolved Mysteries': All the Clues About Who 'Jennifer Fairgate' Really Is
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" Unsolved Mysteries " has a long tradition in the USA and has 559 episodes in 15 seasons. In the 80s and 90s, the true crime format, in which unsolved criminal cases are presented to the public, enjoyed huge success. In some cases, the audience is asked to participate in the clarification. Now "Unsolved Mysteries" is back - on Netflix.
Unsolved Mysteries Volume 2 is now out on Netflix, and the case that has received the most social media traction among true-crime fans is that of 'Jennifer Fairgate,' a woman found dead in an Oslo, Norway hotel room after a suspected suicide in June 1995.
As Unsolved Mysteries creator Terry Dunn Meurer told Newsweek, the "Death in Oslo" case, "is kind of two mysteries in one because we do not know how exactly she died, and we do not know who she is."
The woman is known as 'Jennifer Fairgate' or 'Jennifer Fergate' because those names are the ones she used on hotel documents. Those are thought to be false names, however, and she is not thought by many to be Belgian despite giving that as her nationality.
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Even though the hotel room was checked in under Jennifer Fairgate's name, there was no ID or passport, credit card, wallet or keys found at the scene of the crime.On the third day of Jennifer Fairgate's stay, when she was supposed to check out, a security guard went to her room to check on her. They heard a gunshot from inside the hotel room, and found the door double locked. The employee then left the room unguarded for 15 minutes to get the police. When the door was opened, a woman was found dead, laying on the bed. She held a gun in her hand with a wound in her head.
In fact, nearly everything she said about herself seems to be false. She gave her age as 21, but after her body was exhumed she was revealed by Stockholm police to more likely be between 23 and 25. And that is not the only strange thing about her cases. All of the labels were cut out of her clothes, for example, and she was carrying 34 rounds of ammunition in her bag.
Though 25 years after her death we still have no idea of this woman's true identity (no ID was found in the hotel), a number of clues have emerged as to her identity.
For a long time, police only had her physical description to work on. She had blue eyes, dark, short hair, was 5' 2" tall and weighed 148 pounds. She had had pricy gold and porcelain dental work that could have been done in the United States or in western European countries like the Netherlands, Germany and Switzerland. Per hotel employees, we also know she spoke English and German, though with no particularly notable accent.
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Initially, it was thought that she might be the missing wife of Italian mafia boss Leoluca Bagarella, but this was found to not be the case.
She was buried a year and a month after her death, and the case was dormant for a number of years.
Twenty years after her death, however, Norweigian newspaper VG attempted to do what the police had not managed, to find out who Jennifer Fairgate really was. New artist sketches were done of the woman, and the clues examined again.
Evidence started to pile-up that the woman was German, or spent some time in Germany. Of the two pieces of her belongings that still had labels (a blazer and a bag), both are from German companies. A closer inspection of her briefcase, which contained nothing but live rounds, also noted that it was German.
She listed her hometown as Verlaine, Belgium, a real town, though the post code and phone number she provided on a form were not real. VG reporters investigated in Verlaine but were not able to find any real clues to her identity.
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They also noticed another strange thing: Though she has multiple bras and items of clothing for her upper body, the only clothes for her lower body she had were the ones she was wearing at the time of her death. A witness described her as wearing a skirt, but this was missing from the scene, as was a pair of shoes a room steward said she saw when she cleaned the room.
One theory to her identify posited by hotel staff was that she was a flight attendant, due to her dark wardrobe, lack of luggage and her wheeled suitcase, which staff said was typical of the type stewards used at the time. This does not explain, however, why she had no passport with her.
Her gun also provides some clues. It is a Browning 9mm, with the serial number etched away with acid. The VG article notes that the gun, "is reliable, often used by the police and the military, and is popular with criminals." A source told the paper, meanwhile that it is likely that the gun has a past as a military weapon, and that it is actually a Browning copy in parts rather than a genuine one.
However, all the materials in the case except the gun have been discarded and/or sold at a police auction, so it is near impossible to glean any new information from them, and a second inspection of the weapon has still been unable to glean the full serial number.
Investigators also have DNA and fingerprints of the Oslo woman, but they have not matched with any found on databases.
However, the VG investigation concluded that she had spent around 24 hours away from her hotel room, suggesting that she may have met with someone while in Oslo. The identity of that person if they exist, however, has not been found.
In 2016, her body was exhumed in the hope of finding clues, and DNA samples of the woman are taken for the first time, and investigation of her teeth narrowed down where she may have lived, with Germany again emerging as the most likely place where she lived at the age of 15—though the tests on the teeth do not give any information past this date.
Unsolved Mysteries Volume 2 is streaming now on Netflix.
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