News from the Unknown Dead at Plaza Hotel in Oslo – Jennifer Fergate

Batteries,Jennifer Fergate, Kriminal Politi Sentralen, Oslo, Norge
Batteries,Jennifer Fergate, Kriminal Politi Sentralen, Oslo, Norge

News from the Unknown Dead at Plaza Hotel in Oslo – Jennifer Fergate

21 March 2019 by The editors in General information

Mystery Facts

On 3 June 1995, a Saturday, an emergency call was received by the police in Oslo at about 19.58 hrs.

Who wants to remember, here the news of this day.

What initially looked like a routine operation turned out to be one of Scandinavia’s most mysterious criminal cases over the following years. The mission took the officers to the then noble hotel “Oslo Plaza” at the main railway station of the Norwegian capital.

A security guard wanted to hear a gunshot fired from room 2805, 28th floor. Allegedly there were two people in the room at the time. This circumstance will be important for later investigations. Someone other than the dead person found in the room on the night of arrival probably used one of the room key cards. This happened about 0.20 on the day of arrival. Two days before the events described here. Then the woman who had checked in under the name Jennifer Fergate was seen only twice. Once she gave the room service a princely tip, otherwise the “Do not disturb” sign hung on the door. However, the stranger must have left the room and also the hotel. When that happened, the records at the Plaza gave no answer about it.

Jennifer Fergate, Criminal Politi Headquarters, Oslo, Norge

Jennifer Fergate, Criminal Politi Headquarters, Oslo, Norge

The room door was secured from the inside. The plastic key cards were in the room.
On the bed, as in the article “The mysterious death in Oslo Plaza“the body of Jennifer Fergate was lying there. A young cultured person as described by witnesses. The woman was lying on the back left of the bed staring up. A single bullet hole in her forehead. The room was dark.  It was quickly established that she had registered under a false name, with a non-existent Belgian address, together with a companion, Lois Fairgate (Fergate). Only Lois Fairgate was missing, he had been seen once, checking in. It was described at about 1.85 m and then between 35-40 years.

The purpose of the visit of the unknowns who were in the room and who had been reminded several times to come to the reception was not clear. She had not paid the bill (about 300 euros). The unknown had exceeded the credit limit. She had booked the room for the first time by telephone on 22 May 1995 and had postponed it again to another date on 31 May 1995. Flight list evaluations from these days showed nothing regarding the unknown persons.

Traces that pointed in the direction of terrorism, in which the unknown could have been involved, were quickly discarded. Also, a possible environmental action due to the then known Brent Sparwhich was to be dumped off the Norwegian coast by the Shell oil company.

During these years the peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians also took place under the mediation of Norway. Oslo I and Oslo II. It’s hard to imagine that someone with such a heavy order would descend into a hotel in Oslo under the circumstances, eat a meagre last meal and then be shot. Whoever it is.

Meal of executioner, Criminal Politi Sentralen, Oslo, Norge

Meal of executioner, Criminal Politi Sentralen, Oslo, Norge

The only thing that remained was the intelligence gathering of information about the Bosnian war. Whole families had rescued themselves at that time to Norway. It was the first major escape wave to be launched during the Siege of Sarajevo had started.

But with what purpose did she travel to Oslo on unidentifiable paths and in mysterious legend? The legend was so shaky that it could have been noticed at any time.

There were numerous other theories, but in this case they could only be understood as working theses. The police in Oslo simply had too few starting points before the dead woman was buried in 1996.

Was the Plaza woman a drug mule? There was nothing to be said for that. Not the luggage either. According to her profile, the unknown woman was not a drug dealer who had brought goods to Scandinavia.
Was she a professional assassin or a contract killer? The whole situation would be grotesque; according to the later analysis from 2017, it was born around 1971.
Prostitution in the area of an internationally operating noble whore was also ruled out because the woman did not even have cosmetics at her disposal. The handbag she had with her when she checked in was missing at the site inspection. Even his pants or his skirt were missing.

At that time the death of the young unknowns quickly became the archive of the “Isdal woman” and the camboomannas is added. The investigators were not quite satisfied with the fact that the death of the unidentified was considered suicide. Too much spoke against it, like the removal of all labels from the clothes, the shoes, and any personal objects, like papers, purse, make-up from the possession of the dead. However, the newspapers reported at the time that the dead woman had been wearing make-up.

The woman, in whose right hand a Belgian 9 mm Browning by Herstal was found, also lacked any traces of blood and powder that would have been typical of such a situation if the woman had judged herself. The gun was probably made in 1990 or 1991. The weapon was fired once for the purpose of the test shot, probably by soundproofing with cushions, and then again when it came to the deadly shot.

Right Hand, Jennifer Fergate, Criminal Politi Sentralen, Oslo, Norge

Trial shot, Jennifer Fergate, Kriminal Politi Sentralen, Oslo, Norge

Trial shot, Jennifer Fergate, Kriminal Politi Sentralen, Oslo, Norge

How did she come into possession of the pistol and how did this pistol come with her to Norway?

It is also unclear whether the fingerprints of the dead were placed in context in Germany.

It was interesting that the weapon had been treated with caustic liquid in order to destroy the recognizability of the series.

Since the 2nd World War there have only been about 15 corpses which could not be identified in Norway. And just three of the cases seem to be somehow ominously connected.

The room door was locked from the inside, the key cards were in the room. Investigators only found clothes without labels, aAll the name tags and pendants on her clothes have been removed, a men’s perfume, (Ungaro Pour L’Homme 1 cologne) a travel bag and a briefcase with 32 rounds of ammunition.

The woman, born around 1971, was wearing a Citizen Aqualand (model: CQ-1021-50, serial number: C022-088093 Y, 2010779, GN-4-S). This watch was manufactured in January 1992 and required batteries of type 370 of the Swiss battery manufacturer Renata.

Diver watch Citizen Aqualand, Jennifer Fergate, Kriminal Politi Sentralen, Oslo, Norge

Diver watch Citizen Aqualand, Jennifer Fergate, Kriminal Politi Sentralen, Oslo, Norge

Punching on all batteries indicated that the batteries had been produced in December 1994. Renata stated that the batteries were delivered to stores between December 1994 and January 1995. The punch marks of the watchmaker were W395 (W/Wechsel/3/März/95/1995)

Batteries of Renata, punch marks, Jennifer Fergate, Kriminal Politi Sentralen, Oslo, Norge

Batteries of Renata, punch marks, Jennifer Fergate, Kriminal Politi Sentralen, Oslo, Norge

Probably the batteries were sold in March 1995 at Hertie Hamburg, Barmbeksold. At that time it was customary in this former department store, the “Klotz von Barmbek“, to install such a punch with a nail. It was certainly not the only watchmaker’s shop that did this. However, it is a starting point.

In this context, it is interesting whether the dead person belonged to a water sports or diving club.

The investigators noticed a jacket of the German fashion brand René Lezard. The Schwarzacher manufacturer René Lezard had just made the jackets more expensive in 1995, it is still not clear where and when this jacket was purchased.

In the room the police also found a green-turquoise canvas bag of the German brand Travelite, which had been producing suitcases and travel accessories in Germany since 1949. Whether this bag was purchased from Hertie – especially for the trip to the Plaza in Oslo – cannot be clarified anymore, but in 1995 suitcases and bags of this kind were sold in the Hamburg department store.

The black leather bag of the German brand Braun Büffel from Kirn testifies to the fact that the dead did not exactly vegetate in poverty during her lifetime. The briefcase was part of a collection made in 1986-91. The gold ring, which the investigators could ensure at the right middle finger of the dead, had been manufactured in Germany. The quality of the ring (333/8k) was more in favour of the ring being purchased in a shopping centre, in a sales chain at that time, than from a brand jeweller.

Who can remember the gold ring on the right hand of the unknown dead? Who distributed these kinds of rings in the mid-1990s?

The small gold earring that the dead woman wore could not be assigned.

The unknown deceased must have lived in orderly circumstances. The work on her teeth had been done with porcelain and gold. This work of a dentist could also have been done in Switzerland, Belgium or the USA. She weighed about 67 kg and was 1.59 m tall, had blue eyes and dark hair, maybe they were dyed.

Years later, after a tooth enamel analysis, the trail led back to Germany.
“The region around Berlin is interesting for us. Maybe the woman was born in the former GDR,” said one of the investigators to the Norwegian Gazette vg Nyheterwho was re-examining the case. After 22 years the exhumation was ordered.

The fact that she was not or is not known should not hide the fact that there must be witnesses who went to school with the woman in the GDR or West Berlin, or who perhaps completed an education with her. Maybe went to university with her.

Does the Unknown have connections to Potsdam or Schwerin? Did she live there once?

So again, who recognizes the woman in the pictures?

Maybe she attracted attention in Hamburg later, shortly before her death, when she was shopping there?
Is the unknown known from the art scene? This also means on the flying markets, which were particularly frequent at that time.

Has anyone bought anything from the woman? Pictures, paintings, antiques, books etc.

Can a merchant remember her?

Is there anyone who remembers a neighbour from kindergarten or later?

Where was a person missing after the fall of the Wall in 1990 who looked something like this?

Probably the stranger arrived by train, the hotel is located in the immediate vicinity of the Oslo railway station.
That also speaks for the fact that she travelled via Hamburg. Or lived nearby. At that time, the trains went through Copenhagen.

Did anyone travel with her during the time in question, tourists who were on holiday in Scandinavia in 1995 are also in demand?

The unknown woman spoke fluent German and English, her handwriting on the forged registration form was German, as the written report of the Norwegian newspaper vg Nyheter showed.

Is there a landlord, a housing association that remembers the young woman?

A dentist who’s done her numerous dental treatments?

Who can give information about the clothes of the mysterious Jennifer Fergate? The bras could have been purchased from C&A (Brenningmeyer) in 1994.
Jennifer Fergate, Criminal Politi Headquarters, Oslo, Norge

Jennifer Fergate, Criminal Politi Headquarters, Oslo, Norge Jennifer Fergate, Criminal Politi Headquarters, Oslo, Norge

After further research, a completely different picture emerges.

The traces to date indicate whether the Kunst und Antiquitäten GmbH (KuA) Französische Str. 15; Berlin- the KuA GmbH the main department I of the HVA, embedded in the former empire of the Commercial coordination of Dr. Alexander Schalck Golodkowski.

A trade in second-hand goods of the special socialist kind. An almost unexplored exhibit of German history, allegedly shut down in 1990. But behind the scenes there was more going on than the people in charge could be right to do. The ZERV was almost helplessly at the mercy of the tricks of the nimble embargo breakers from East Berlin.

The privatization and reorganization of the state art trade from 1990 onwards was instructed by the Treuhandgesetz. Research was carried out accordingly, but many of the stolen goods no longer appeared. Numerous warehouses were still well filled even after the fall of communism. Works of art and antiques were sold privately by the remaining members of the KoKo.

At KuA GmbH, the Operation LightIn the early 1960s, the artist, who had been widely known in the GDR, expelled antiques and works of art stolen from the state by the Stasi to non-socialist foreign countries. During burglaries of the state security with the knowledge of the then minister Mielke, stolen pictures and coin and stamp collections were sold via western contacts of the KuA GmbH.

Many traces of Stasi stolen goods led to Scandinavia, including this case:
One of the examples is the treasure of Sophia. On 20 September 1977 the “Sophienschatz”, 58 gold grave goods worth approx. 3.0 million euros, disappeared from an armoured display case of the Dresden City Museum.
In 1999 38 pieces of the collection appeared in Oslo: In 1999, a coin dealer attempted to auction a total of 38 pieces of the Sophien treasure in Oslo. Parts of the spoils appeared in England. The Oslo coin dealer Gunnar Thesen had acquired the pieces in good faith from the Copenhagen-based dealer Arne Jacob Becker (†1983) of KuA GmbH. He acted for the KoKo in non-socialist foreign countries in order to find urgently needed foreign exchange.

Who can provide relevant information?

Did anyone work with the look of Jennifer Fergate in 1995 for a group of art connoisseurs who wanted to recover stolen objects from KoKo?

Does anyone know the woman from the art trade or the real estate sector as a secretary?

At any time you can write to us, we would forward the messages to the police in Oslo:


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