2. Engla & Pernilla

This is the case of Engla Höglund and Pernilla Hellgren. Pernilla was a 31 year old woman who was found murdered in Falun on June 4 2000, she had been beaten and strangled, and is found naked. The case remained unsolved for eight years. And it could have been solved earlier, because it’s later revealed that the police received a tip in 2006 naming the actual killer.
But almost eight years after Pernilla brutally killed, on Saturday April 5th, 2008 a 10-year-old girl named Engla Höglund goes missing in the small town of Stjärnsund. Stjärnsund is located about 45 kilometers or about 27 miles from Falun where Pernilla was found murdered eight years before.
At the time nobody knew or even suspected that the two cases could be connected, but it soon turns out that they are. And the mayor clue to find the killer/abductor turns out to be a couple of photos taken by a man who’s out on a long walk with some friends on that same Saturday that Engla goes missing.

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2 thoughts on “2. Engla & Pernilla”

  1. I just finished listening to this episode of your podcast and have to tell you how impressed I was: Very! Your sensitivity to the victims and their families was evident throughout, and handled as well as any other true crime series I’ve watched or heard, if not better. The story itself was extremely well written and obviously thoroughly researched. And your personal experience relating to the emotions a parent goes through when faced with a missing child added the kind of depth that most programs of this sort sorely lack.

    Poor Pernilla and Engla, angels both on earth and now in heaven.

    I’m listening to your episodes in the order they were produced so this was only my second time hearing one of your presentations, but I already hope that you will continue to bring us real stories from your homeland for as long as you can. Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful work with the world!

    With much appreciation,


    1. Thank you so much Chris for taking the time to write me this wonderful post.
      I’m so glad to hear that the compassion I feel for the victims gets through to you as a listener, this is very important to me.

      If you only have listened to two episodes, I hope you will find that the quality gets even better with every episode.

      Thank you again for your kind words!

      – Pernilla

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