Madness in the Fast Lane

Madness in the Fast Lane

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Madness in the Fast LaneMaybe the extremity of the behavior of the two Swedish sisters who threw themselves into traffic on the M6 was transient, but since drugs were not part of the equation, it seems much more likely that the behavior was connected to something more hidden (from our view at least) and more long lasting. The "Folie à deux" (induced delusional disorder) is plausible, but was this just transient madness without drugs?

What about the family backgrounds of these two women? They certainly chose to go far, far away from home as adults. Why did they choose to do that? Just adventurers or did they feel they had to escape something (including each other). Similar experiences growing up as twins would have primed them even more for Folie à deux (shared psychotic disorder). After all, even when it isn't psychotic, family members often sway each other mentally.

What about the contents of their bags? It seems that the paranoia there was a bit elaborate. Perhaps their behavior could have peaked into some sort of transient madness, but it was probably just because the madman (or mad women) woke up, not because it was manufactured instantaneously from nothing. The level of disconnection / over-connection with Ursula that Sabina displays seems like two sides of the same coin. She is simply not grounded in reality on some level. She needs both to be nice and ordered and also to deal with intimacy issues at the same time. Probably, this grounding was not established when she and Ursula were small children. Perhaps they developed massive systems of denial that in many ways worked for them (as worked for Sabina in the jail scenes).

After she's released from custody, Sabina greets total strangers on the street - bold and unfearing and then goes out with them. Maybe it her small way of saying "I can be risque without really getting in trouble, ergo, I am in control even in situations that might be out of control." Just a thought. She offers them cigarettes and then snatches them away. "They are poisoned." Is this just a random paranoid thought? Or a symbol of extreme inner anxiety that she suddenly can neither access directly nor ignore? Maybe she is torn between doing favors for people in order to get positive attention and the fear that they will poison her. It just seems that it was her way of retracting an offer that she suddenly felt very uncomfortable with. She is too friendly on one level, paranoid and guarded on another level.

She really wants help, but believes that the knife that cuts the sandwich for her is going to cut her as well. Maybe that's why she thinks that she has to stab a stranger in the chest. There is nearly always more to the story, especially in cases of mental issues. The mind is a black box of history and mystery.

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Janie
Janie
6 years ago

I've watched this several times over the years, and I believe it was something undetected by their drug tests like the crap that's all over the place now.

BOB
BOB
7 years ago

If someone were to tell me this happened.. i'd never believe them... I'd think they were over telling or trying to be dramatic about the story.... WTF This is wack.

Mi Ke
Mi Ke
10 years ago

Totally fake psyop documentary played on trusting viewers except you can not fool everybody all the time ,GAME OVER .FAKERS

Timothy Urbach
Timothy Urbach
11 years ago

British law enforcement are totally incompetent

Sarah de Bree
Sarah de Bree
11 years ago

so strange!

AScottishWummin
AScottishWummin
11 years ago

I've just been made aware of this story today as someone had posted the motorway clip on Facebook. I hadn't heard of the Eriksson twins and I'm surprised it hasn't had more media attention. This is a very strange story indeed and you get the distinct feeling there is something very strange about this whole thing.

David McCann
David McCann
11 years ago

Note A Madness Shared By Two is due for released 12-12-12

David McCann
David McCann
11 years ago

A Madness Shared by Two is the true story that exposes the police cover-up involved in the Sabina and Ursula Eriksson case and the murder of Glenn Hollinshead - To be released on the 28 October 2012 in eBook and paperback

A Madness Shared by Two, is not only the true untold story about the lives of Sabina and Ursula Eriksson, alongside the murder of Glenn Hollinshead, based on a critique re-examination of the BBC’s Madness in the Fast Lane documentary that had 7 million viewers [with a conservative estimate of around a further 15 million people having since watched this film via the internet and on websites such as YouTube],glued to their TV screens watching the twin sisters propelling themselves into the fast lane of the oncoming traffic on the UK’s-M6 motorway, as Ursula manages to throw herself under the wheels of a 40ft articulated lorry travelling at 60mph, that seems to swallow her up and spit her lifeless looking body back out of its rear end. It is also the result of a thorough investigation into what might have really happened on those fateful days that led up to this tragic slaying of an innocent man. We challenge the “Official Storyline” and expose what really occurred just hours before M6 dash, for it is here for the first time we expose the Eriksson sisters were “arrested” under the Mental Health Act, though this vital caught on film evidence was edited out of the original BBC films. This will come as a great surprise to many people who questioned; ‘...how was it possible Sabina could have been released from hospital after only five hours’ following their ‘suicide attempt’ on the M6? We also reveal that the coroner’s report shows that the injuries inflicted on Glenn, was done so by ‘two’ weapons, it’s always been believed “Sabina” used one, and that it’s highly likely there were more than one person who killed him and that Sabina could be totally innocent. Yet this obvious evidence seems to have been brushed under the carpet, or at the very least, it was never challenged. We explain how these twins were very likely embroiled in some kind of major drugs smuggling ring and that they had been under “Obbo” [police observation] prior to the M6 incident and was probably so for quite some period of time. As a result of our findings, legal action is now being sought and brought against the police and other related authoritative bodies by the Hollinshead family.

1volare1
1volare1
11 years ago

Were the cigarettes ever tested??

TexasWiley
TexasWiley
11 years ago

Nephilim... This is why some people claim to be abducted...we are being replaced with an invasion of our own DNA mixed with theirs.. They don't need a war to get our planet....just breed us out ..wink wink

Lucas Dawkins
Lucas Dawkins
11 years ago

Don't understand it? Must be demonic possesion! *rolleyes*

Bones2pick
Bones2pick
11 years ago

The song at the end was a perfect fit.

Alec Tarasoff
Alec Tarasoff
12 years ago

that looks like they were both hypnotized or subjected to top secret CIA mind control drugs, which could not be detected by regular means.

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1234567899865595987596
12 years ago

these b*tches got powers and are part of an underground world we don't know about. hey were trying to keep it secret...that's why this was taken off so many sites!!!

Terry Beaton
Terry Beaton
12 years ago

I have a little different 'theory' about this. It may be that they had (unknowingly) ingested a heavy dose of LSD. How this could happen is another matter, but it could explain the behavior and the quick recovery. It could also explain the lingering paranoia that followed. I overdosed on LSD once and my behavior was totaly out of control and paranoid like them. The lingering paranoia was similar also. For the record, I never hurt anybody but that could simply be good fortune. Just a theory.

LIVEFROMLIMBO
LIVEFROMLIMBO
12 years ago

so did the mental illness give them the supernatural strength? to fight off cops and get up after getting hit by cars "in the fast lane"? and what was in the bag? this wasn't big news in Canada, i wonder if there was a lot of exposure in England?

Jakob Isindahowz
Jakob Isindahowz
12 years ago

Wow. This is just horribly tragic yet absolutely bizarre. A very interesting story of mental illness that is made more unreal by both their actions and the fact that they are twins.

Demeter's Daughter
Demeter's Daughter
12 years ago

(Pardon me, Glenn Hollingshead was the victim's name.)

Demeter's Daughter
Demeter's Daughter
12 years ago

@Hammer2Fall: I supposed that Sabina *might* have been doing that - if she was in a state enough to have forethought, hitting herself with the hammer, I mean, to try and make the murder look perhaps like a defense.
But then again, if that had been suggested during the trial, maybe that would have shown enough forethought during her episode of some sort of madness to throw "dimished responsibility" as a defense into real question?
(Still, to be honest,I'm not questioning the crimincal insanity here.)
(There's no way to "act your way" through this kind of thing - and anyone else here, please don't think this is any suggestion that mental illness is a form of "acting out" either! - also, even if the two had planned an elaborate "spree of acting out", you just can't "put on" the unreal strength Sabina displayed, and even Ursula's, trying to get up with "smashed legs" as they put it..god. Just wondering what form of brain anomoly or disorder it actually is!)

Demeter's Daughter
Demeter's Daughter
12 years ago

This Is Terrible. Please know that nothing I say here is meant to make light of the cold, meaningless murder of that Good Samaritan, Mr. Hollingshead, if it's just not ringing right with the rest of you here on the forum. This is a stretch, but keeping them separated seems like one good idea - but you can't keep Sabina (sp?) out of the States, as she's not committed any crimes there or risked the public. But Ursula did risk the public safety in a huge way by causing those accidents on the UK Motorway. Perhaps..stretching, I know..she could be refused entry into the UK again, on those grounds - because 1.) That was more than a little traffic jam; (It's nail-biting and dangerous enough driving on those roads on any regular day!) - and also because 2.) There are actual diagnoses run before a court there that indicate a real risk that the togetherness of the twins may have caused all of this risk to life and loss of life (as is suggested through "Ursula's presence in Sabina's mind" at the end of the doc.) Besides the thoughts of "this is how traumatic brain injury and/or mental illness can manifest in violence" that went through my head, I have to confess the un-politically correct thought that occurred to me of my so-called "Berserker" ancestors in Scandinavia..demonstrating to their opponents in battle a horrifying disregard for their OWN lives, and so-called "superhuman strength". Makes me wonder if the hard life back then went along with some high incidence of mental illness in the population. As I said, I'm just musing! Mental illness is a grave enough reality for all of us today. Whether we have it or someone we love does. And a man was killed here, and I want to make it clear I'm not putting it down to that little train of thought. My heart and my respect go out to the family of Greg Hollingshead as they try to pick up the pieces and build around the empty place left by a beloved brother and family member. The brothers were flexible enough to be interviewed for this or allow the footage to be included in this doc, and they are dignified despite this infuriatingly bizarre crime against them all! As Pierre mentioned (though I'm only following one element he brought up in his post) these two women had parents, somewhere, at some time - whether both alive or deceased at the time of the crimes - asking the obvious, did they try to contact the parents? the thought of how easily any family contact would help turn a diagnoses in some kind of sensible direction went through my head more than once! Still, if the police only chose to contact an apt. roommate/"partner" of one of them in Ireland and mentioned only that fact in the doc, then I'm assuming - maybe wrongly - that they already tried to contact family in Europe or N.America and either didn't broadcast that fact here, or if they did, perhaps I've forgotten..? Just a few thoughts. anyway, very intriguing documentary, but sadly, for all the wrong reasons, as it only exists because a man lost his life for literally no reason yet given.

Steelpan Sam
Steelpan Sam
12 years ago

crazy bitch's I think they were possessed by demons

Mistymoo
Mistymoo
12 years ago

Totally messed up women, it amazes me how many fruit loops there are out there on the streets. Totally selfish behaviour in regards to the motorway and as for poor Glenn such a tragedy

Mistymoo
Mistymoo
12 years ago

fr*aks should of been locked up for good - disgusting

Derek Shoemaker
Derek Shoemaker
12 years ago

shes lucky this wasnt in the USA

Calin Stephensen
Calin Stephensen
12 years ago

Taze the crazy lady. That's how we do it in America.

Jimmy
Jimmy
12 years ago

a right pair of mongrels

CherryBombpop
CherryBombpop
12 years ago

I have more than one member of my family that suffers from bipolar/schizophrenia. First, for those of you talking about bi = two = possession - PLEASE got look up the definition of the disease before you go spouting off things that make no sense at all. The two poles in "bipolar" are mania and depression, two states of mind, not two entities or beings living inside one body. I do not know if these two women have this disease or not, since I am not a doctor and of course never met them. However, I can tell you from direct experience that a person with bipolar/schizophrenia can act violently to themselves and others, say unusual and paranoid things, seem to have super strength, fight you every inch of the way - and then calm down and act quite meek, and behave as if nothing strange has happened. They can go days, weeks, even months acting merely odd, but not particularly "crazy". Then one day they tear all their clothes off and jump in a freezing river or something, and fight you as you try to save them, spitting and kicking and clawing and calling you names the whole time. So the twins behavior, even in custody, does not seem out of line with things I have seen in other mentally ill people. How they survived being hit by cars, I do not know.

The thing that bothers me is how they even considered releasing a woman who had run into traffic three times and acted such a maniac just hours earlier. They didn't need to see the film, I'm sure the police reports were right there for the authorities to see. They just processed her through, let her go and said "well that was odd". That's unacceptable to me, they really should have kept her for observation, and sadly, a man lost his life because they dropped the ball. And of course it bothers me that anyone would consider this woman "low risk". How do you kill a man like that and be considered LOW risk? I mean, not even a MEDIUM risk?? Come on now, let's not be stupid.

I also question if the man that took her in for the night might have made a sexual advance on her, but I don't get the feeling he tried to force himself on her. However, it might have been a trigger for her at that moment. How unfortunate for him, and his family. I live in the US and I really hope I never run into either of these women. Luckily, it's a really big country.

Reynard Allison
Reynard Allison
12 years ago

What's even more disturbing are the sentencing guidelines under UK law. I also feel for those Motorway cops who have about as much defensive authority as a theater usher. The "so called " psychiatric professional with their contrived observations are just as reliable as a witch doctor. Justice was marred and no one won in this tragic occurrence.

cw
cw
12 years ago

i don't see what was so utterly shocking about it. kept waiting for the big outcome that was supposed to be shocking.

BERTindieFILMS
BERTindieFILMS
12 years ago

I love documentries.I like this website.I liked this movie.It gave me more ? than answers.It would of been alot better if they could of got 1 or both sisters to do a interveiw.6 out of 10.

Greg_Mc
Greg_Mc
12 years ago

How odd, I received an email alert about a new comment being posted on here. I opened it and could read it in my email so I clicked on the link that brought me to this page because I wanted to comment on the comment but I cannot find it on here anywhere.

Lucy Black
Lucy Black
12 years ago

meeeeeeeeee

Greg_Mc
Greg_Mc
12 years ago

I immediately thought of PCP myself and would think we are not the only two people who did. I don't know anything about PCP and it's half life ( I do understand it in general terms) or how it reacts in the body like you do, or if it was possible for all traces to be out of the system by the time they were tested. My concern is that while on the highway clearly mad or on drugs they were out of control mentally and their physical abilities not near normal, if they were on PCP is it possible to go from that state while under it's influence and then taken to the hospital and have their blood tested (I do not know how long it took before they tested them for drugs etc) and have no traces of it left in them? Does it slowly fade out of the bloodstream or does it just very quickly or close to immediately leave the system. The one girl when let out the next day (seems odd to me she wasn't held by the police for longer, but I think I remember them saying what she was charged with wasn't a crime they could keep her locked up for for a longer time) viciously murdered an innocent man which leads me personally to think she was crazy (I know crazy doesnt explain the strength etc they exhibited the day before) to begin with as was her sister. I hope they look into how the whole situation was handled as an innocent man was killed and it was lucky no others were as well. As for the sisters I really wouldn't have been bothered in anyway if one or both of them had been killed, this may sound cold hearted and unfeeling (which as a rule I am neither) considering that if they were mentally ill they may not have been in total control of their actions and needed some serious psychiatric help (I know people who suffer from mental illness so I do know a little bit about it and how they can act in ways that is out of character for them and not something they have any control over) but right or wrong (probably wrong) it is how I feel.

Jake Mc Nally
Jake Mc Nally
12 years ago

Its funny how there is no mention of PCP in this documentary which could explain the massive increase in strength, how they were completely oblivious to their massive injuries and their paranoid delusions. I know this documentary said that they had no drugs in their systems but PCP is very soluble in lipids and its half life can last from 7-46 hours. It seems like a much more obvious cause rather than pawning it off on a "puff of madness"

jimbo26
jimbo26
12 years ago

ugly revolting woman should of got there heads birst open by that lorry on the motorway

Guest
Guest
12 years ago

Bwarff! Why not make the whole simple and stick to the rules of law?
If a human being kills another one, there's a minimal penalty that goes with this! Beside, these twins once were youngsters? Had parents?
Too bad if that type of sickness wasn't indentified, treated and so on...
There may not be to this date, any formal workable cure.

Consequently, lock them up.
If their family or relatives would see this as unjust, then ask where they were all the time that went by?

Pierre.

Heather Ireland
Heather Ireland
12 years ago

Sounds like a classic case of BZ poisoning (3-quinuclidinyl benzilate) which is a militarily used mind control agent....

RakeFace
RakeFace
12 years ago

spoiler @ 37:34. from this point on I was riveted but unsatisfied. It was a lot like a girl offering up a handy, and then just talking you through your own. Ok story, but could have been better.

Robert Elliot
Robert Elliot
12 years ago

I wouldn't even waste my time watching this BBC garbaggio. It's obvious that these women were part of some evil mind control intelligence operation. It's like something right out of La Femme Nikita. I'll bet you they were fed up with being used like guinea pigs. Their actions were probably not so irrational if we were ever to learn the true back story, but don't hold your breath for that. The BBC is the last network that would ever tell you the truth about something like that. They positively revel in their lies. The corporate news media won't even acknowledge something like the JFK assassination being a Coup d'état 50 years on, something everyone with a least half a brain knows by now.

branrx
branrx
12 years ago

Didnt M. Night Shyamalan make a movie about this? Its the plants, Im telling you.

Michael Scanlan
Michael Scanlan
12 years ago

That's why the sister came from the States to throw herself under traffic. She wouldn't be able to afford such joyful pastimes in the US, it would be way too expensive. Also American family cars are generally way bigger than European HGV's so she probably would have been killed by a SUV. At least in the failing UK her 3 months spree in hospital was on the NHS - free of charge. Kudos !

Hammer2Fall
Hammer2Fall
12 years ago

Vlatko, is there any chance of uploading "Theres Something Wrong With Aunt Diane"? It will probably interest most people who have watched Madness in the Fast Lane.

This is the very sad story about Diane Schuler in the US and the horrifying collision she caused by driving down the wrong side of a highway.

Driving on British motorways/dual carriageways in the wrong direction seems to be on the increase or perhaps the media has only just started to report on the problem.

His Forever
His Forever
12 years ago

I had nightmares about this doc. I slept in till 10:00 A.M. as it kept me awake! Truly troubling.

Louis caprice
Louis caprice
12 years ago

Are There Any Updates on this? what happens next?

Louis caprice
Louis caprice
12 years ago

Mental illness to the worst degree... that mans death could have been avoided though..

boodidharma
boodidharma
12 years ago

In their defense : they were foreigners in an unfriendly land . They were left in the middle of nowhere thanks to a paranoid driver; and later on questioned by the police -out of usual suspicion I guess ( everyone knows swedish blondes are the worst kind of terrorists) then those police officers somehow hadn't realized their condition and left them there like a piece of .... and when they decided to walk : again the police intercepts ; couldn't they have waited till they arrive somewhere safe ?
I feel sorry for the guy who was stabbed but who in the hell brings home an apparently mentally ill person and for what purpose ? Instead of drinking beer and getting her to his place ;he could have easily called the social services or something similar for help - I am sure there is an organization for "human beings" in the country of RSPCA. Before judging and condemning her we should accept the fact that we don't really know what happened there .

Ryan Conboy
Ryan Conboy
12 years ago

Wonder how it will turn out once she is realised and if she will be followed up or watched etc?
The ending song was 'Where is my mind?' by The Pixies (it also featured on the end credits of Fight Club)

adilrye
adilrye
12 years ago

Why on Earth would this woman be let out so early? I can't find the logic behind this decision. So she runs into traffic three times, hits a cop and is let out a few hours later, no questions asked? There's such a thing as being "too lax" and I feel the police here fell into that. It infuriates me, because a child could see that footage and tell that neither of these women were "fit for release."

I'm not a psychologist, so I won't attempt to diagnose them. But this is really messed up and strange. It's tempting to think of this as possession. Because no one else can come up with a suitable explanation...
But the result is not fair to the people who've lost a love one because of them. That's injustice.

Carolyn Cameron
Carolyn Cameron
12 years ago

Really interesting documentary! Interesting that they are twins, has anyone read the silent twins, excellent book!!

Does anybody know what that song is at the end of the documentary? It was also at the end of a film but I cant remember what one and its really really annoying me lol

magarac
magarac
12 years ago

My guess is that something happened in their past which left them traumatized. And that when they met again that whatever had happened came back to there memory.