Way back in January, I did the first installment of Creepy Twins with the Gibbons sisters. Today I bring you part two, the even creepier, definitely more insane, Eriksson twins, Ursula and Sabina. The documentary above "Madness in the Fast Lane" details the events that took place on May 17th, 2008 when Sabina and Ursula flung themselves into the busy traffic of the MG motorway. Police were alerted when witnesses saw the sisters attempting to cross the motorway, acting strangely and erraticly. Once stopped on the side of the road by officers, the twins spoke briefly to the police before Ursula, without warning, dashed and ran into the side of a 40 ton truck traveling 56 miles per hour.
Moments later, Sabina ran into traffic and was hit by a Volkswagen. Amazingly, both women survived. Ursula was immobilized as her legs had been crushed but after being unconcious for 15 minutes, Sabina began to fight paramedics and police officers screaming, "They're going to steal your organs" and "I recognize you - I know you're not real." Sabina punched a female officer and ran into traffic again on the other side of the motorway. She was finally caught and restrained by emergency workers and sedated in an ambulance.
Folie a deux is a French term for "A madness shared by two." In other words, a shared psychosis, a psychiatric syndrome in which symptoms of a delusional belief are transmitted from one individual to another. The defense council in Sabina's trail claimed that she was a secondary sufferer of folie a deux, influenced by the presence of her sister Ursula, the primary sufferer. The defense claimed Ursula had a history of mental illness which then transferred to the weaker personality of Sabina. The defense also tried to assert that Sabina suffered a case of bouffe delirante or "puff of madness" where a perfectly sane person will lose their mind for a small time and then return to normal. Sabina was sentenced to five years in prison on the plea of manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility.
The most recent updates on the Eriksson twins is that Sabina was released from prison but her current whereabouts are unknown. Ursula is thought to be living in America looking after Sabina's two children. Ursula also underwent an exorcism at her local church to help drive away the demons that forced her onto the motorway back in 2008.
As strange and horrific as their actions were, we will never know the true reason the Eriksson twins ran across that motorway, what possessed them to fling their bodies into oncoming traffic, one right after the other. Were they possessed by supernatural forces? Did they suffer from undiagnosed mental illness? Are folie a deux and bouffe delirante plausible excuses? If Ursula's legs had not been crushed resulting in a multiple week hospital stay, would she have joined her sister in killing even more people? If Sabina were truly suicidal, why did she not turn the knife on herself instead of killing an innocent man? There are too many questions unanswered that I don't even believe Sabina and Ursula would be able to clarify themselves. Unfortunately an innocent life was lost in this tragic and confusing story and Sabina and Ursula are both still out in the world today. There have been no further widely known reports of criminal activity from the Eriksson twins, so perhaps they truly have been exorcised or healed of their psychosis. Maybe a "puff of madness" truly can make an average day take a horrific turn.