Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Wednesday Weird: Folie à Deux

This is another Wednesday Weird sent to me by the awesome Matt.  Today we're talking about Ursula and Sabina Eriksson, twin sisters who both, more or less, went crazy. At the same time. Together.

In case you can't watch the video, what it shows is two twin sisters, Ursula and Sabina Eriksson,  running out in the middle of traffic, purposely. The cops show up and are questioning the women, when they run out into traffic again and are both hit by cars/trucks. Then, one of them who's still conscious, fights off a police-woman to run into traffic a third time.

Crazy, right? The only thing I could think of which would make this even weirder is if the one woman, who dashed into the road 3 times, was later released from jail, wandered around town until someone took her in because she seemed unstable, and then she stabbed him a bunch of times until he died and then jumped of a bridge onto another busy road. Because that would just be batshit insane.


Yeah. Sabina Eriksson served 5 years prison time for the murder of Glenn Hollinshead.

What seems to have happened is a case of folie à deux.

Folie à deux is french for "madness shared by two". And don't worry all you crowds of people, the same thing shared by more than two people may be called folie à trois, folie à quatre, folie en famille or even folie à plusieurs ("madness of many").

You can have two versions of it: one where a person has a delusional belief during a psychotic episode and imposes it on another person, OR when two people, both with psychotic delusions feed off each others delusions until they're almost identical.

Good times! So not only do you have to worry about going cray cray, you kind of have to worry about someone else close to you going cray cray and imposing their delusion on you, even though, if left to your own devices, you would've been fine.

Good news, though! In a case like that, if you're admitted to the hospital, you should go back to normal without meds. Like Sabina Eriksson, who was deemed the "secondary" sufferer to her sister's delusion.

So Yay?


Maria Zannini said...

This explains a lot about the world today. Half the population is crazy.

--except those of us who read you, of course. ;-)

Are you early, or have I entered a time warp. It's still Tuesday on my side of the world.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

You called it - batshit insane!
Really, we can't write stories this crazy. No one would believe them.

Talli Roland said...

Um... okay. That definitely falls under the heading 'Wednesday Weird'!

Matthew MacNish said...

I was hoping you might've been able to find some kind of explanation. Alas.

I'm pretty sure they're test tube super soldiers or something like that. Titanium skeletons. If you see the video where it actually shows the one in green get hit - there's no way a normal human body could survive that.

Anne Gallagher said...

Were they going through menopause at the time, b/c THAT will make you batshit cray cray. (Although I don't think I'll stab anyone. I don't want to clean up the blood. Running through traffic -- maybe.)

Nate Wilson said...

A case of folie à deux, you say? I believe Mulder and Scully took care of that back in season 5.

The best explanation I can come up with is a hypnotist convinced them both they were lemmings. Except then they'd have been headed for cliff edges, not highways, so I'm at a loss.

Michael Offutt, Tebow Cult Initiate said...

Dangerous people like those two women need to be put down. I'm sorry but that is just too risky for others to have to deal with. It's made all the more tragic by your tale that the one woman took advantage of a stranger's kindness and stabbed him to DEATH.

Wow. No words can describe how I feel about this.

I think I hate people even more after having viewed this video. And I generally have a strong dislike for people.

Teebore said...

Crazy (on multiple levels)! Sounds like we should blaming the French for this.

Slightly OT, did you see the story from this weekend about the kayaker off Cape Cod who was stalked by a great white? Pretty intense.

Hart Johnson said...

I find the pair of them going crazy together freakier than a bigger group, as cults and stuff seem to all feed off a collective energy... I mean sure, it STARTS with one nut, but there is a contagion to group madness... The pair or trio thing though... bonkers...

Carolina Valdez Miller said...

Holy bazooka. That's so freaking weird. Wonder what the delusions were? I can totally see how two mad people might feed off of one another, but seriously. DANG.

This is such good stuff for books.

Lydia Kang said...

I've heard of this and it's so unbelievable. Except that it happens.

Matthew MacNish said...

Just coming back to watch this again.

Matthew MacNish said...

BTW, you've got to find and watch the longer documentary about this. It's incredible.

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