Kidnap Victims Who Shockingly Sympathized With Their Captors

7. The Norrmalmstorg Bank Robbery Hostages (1973)

There’s no better way to begin than with the incident after which the Stockholm syndrome was named. It happened on August 23, 1973 in central Stockholm when Jan-Erik “Janne” Olsson, who was on leave from prison, attempted to rob Kreditbanken bank. After opening fire and injuring a policeman, Olsson took four hostages and demanded that his friend, Clark Olofsson, be made to come in with 3 million Swedish Kronor. In the first ever crime televised live on Swedish television, Olofsson was allowed to enter the bank as a communication link. Shockingly, one of the hostages, Kristin Enmark, later communicated that she felt safe with Olsson and Olofsson, but not with the police, whom she feared could escalate the situation. She further added that she was displeased with the prime minister’s attitude in dealing with the situation and asked him to allow the hostages and the robbers to leave.
7. The Norrmalmstorg Bank Robbery Hostages (1973)