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Best friends in school: Peter's buddy was killer

'Narco-mafia in Denmark: LIQUIDATED' was in large type on the front page of Ekstra Bladet in January 1989.

the Assassin was Stefan, who tells his story in the book 'where the sun never shines', in which 14 former inmates in Danish prisons to tell to the author Peter Gronlund.

The 18-year-old Stefan was now not a narkomafia, but he was sentenced to ten years in prison for having shot a drug user who had cheated him for a gun he had bought for 1600 dollars. And he would not find himself in. He drew a second weapon and watched the man up in Aarhus in order to get the gun or his money. The addict had neither.

'Shortly after he was found, shot in the face with a oversavet shotgun. From a meters distance', it appears in the book, which also tells the story about the young man's subsequent stay at 'the Castle', as Horsens state prison was called.

For Peter Gronlund was this story very special. The killer was his old classmate from folkeskoletiden.

- He was my best friend through a few years in the small classes, but then parted our ways, and I have not had contact with him in many, many years, says Peter Grønlund.

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When he got the idea for the book, he contacted the former classmate to see if he would tell his story.

He grew outwardly up on the exact same terms as me in a middelklassekvarter in suburbia and not in any bad environments. In each case, only a little småproblematikker. But then he takes suddenly a different turn.

- In start your acquaintance in a different way. How is it to sit over for him?

- It was very special. Also because I wasn't aware of some of the things he told about his upbringing and childhood, even though I came in their home, and he came with me, says Peter Grønlund and whereas, Stefan grew up believing that his grandparents were his parents, until one day he was picked up by a man and a woman, who claimed that they were his parents.

But in the 13-14 age cracked steven's family picture again, as he randomly took out to him, he called father was not his real father. His biological father rejected him when he tried to make contact with him.

- When you hear his story, you can then think back and see some signs that things could go wrong with him?

- No, not at all. On the contrary. He grew up just as normal as all of us. There were just some things in his childhood, which meant that he perhaps had a rage that was greater than most of the others.

- you Can still have sympathy for him?

- It is a violent crime, and it should neither be excused or made less than it is. But therefore I can certainly have sympathy for him. For I remember him for, he also is.

- you Can thought it just as well could be you who ended up in the offender's situation?

- Yes, it is a little quirky about it, that in fact it is little chance of one falling on one side or the other. For some it has been the thrill or pursuit of money, that has been the driving force, and then it's gone wrong and the police have got their hands on them. Or they have had it bad and reached out to the so-so environments, he says.

'There where the sun never shines' is published on the publisher Momenta 14. march.

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