What is the real name of the woman who died mysteriously inside a locked room at Oslo’s Plaza Hotel?
It is May 31, 1995. A young woman, stylishly dressed in black, registers as “Jennifer Fairgate,” at Oslo’s luxurious, 5-star Plaza Hotel, the scene of many secret high-level international meetings. Her reservation for two includes “Lois Fairgate,” presumably the dark-haired man standing near her at the front desk. Their room, #2805, is expensive, with a beautiful view of the city. Their two-day stay is quiet–hotel housekeepers are surprised by how tidy the room is, as if no one is staying there at all.
After extending her visit, several notices asking Jennifer for payment appear on Room 2805’s TV screen. Someone in the room responds “ok” to each request, though no one shows up at the front desk to pay. This, along with the red “Do Not Disturb” sign that’s been hanging from the doorknob for days, catches the attention of the hotel supervisor. A part-time security guard is sent to check on Jennifer’s room, which is locked from the inside. He knocks on the door. Seconds later, he hears a gunshot coming from inside. While the guard runs back to the front desk to call police, Room 2805 is left unattended for 15 minutes.
Oslo police arrive to find a woman dressed in black silk pajama shorts, stockings, and black pumps lying face up on the bed. A powerful 9mm Browning pistol is positioned awkwardly in her spotless right hand. A grisly gunshot wound marks the center of her forehead. There are no signs of forced entry so her death is ruled a sad and lonely suicide.
A simple wooden coffin is lowered into the ground, but other than a police detective, there’s no one to mourn the mysterious young woman inside. Because no one knows who she is.
The moment investigative journalist, Lars Wegner, hears of this baffling case, he is drawn in by the number of unanswered questions surrounding her death. In fact, “Jennifer Fairgate” doesn’t actually exist—it is discovered that she checked into the hotel using an alias and a false address in Belgium. The woman’s belongings, left behind in her hotel room, contain no identifying information. All tags from her clothing have been removed and the serial number on the gun has been meticulously removed using a method associated with organized crime. Lars and his team of experts, including a former Norwegian spy and a high-tech forensics lab, examine the clues and conclude that, based on the degree of effort made to conceal “Jennifer’s” identity, the most likely theory is that she was a professional assassin or spy. Lars is convinced that if he can find the identity of this woman, he will be able to solve the baffling mystery of her death.
If you have any information about her identity, contact VG newspaper at Jennifer@vg.no.