My favorite time of the year.
I did several years of the "XX years ago today". I think this year I'll explore the story from police commissioner Holmberg's point of view. I don't recall anyone doing that before. Do you?
For today, Oct 21st, he would have two experiences that I would want to relate. The first would be his visit to Oskar's school. I wonder what time of day that would be. Perhaps towards the end of the school day? I've always pictured the story starting as a sort of continuous flow: Holmberg visits the school, the kids go check out his car, Oskar sneaks away to the toilets, the bullies arrive and torment him, the goes home, Oskar and Tommy play with toy car. Of course it could have been the case that Holmberg's visit is earlier in the school day and Oskar returns to class and so on and then later goes home. But I've always considered the events as the series I just set out, meaning Holmberg's visit is at the end of the day.
The second experience would be that night. At 8 o'clock a girl in Vällingby discovers the inverted body in the woods. A question I have about that is the speed of journalism. The article is in the newspaper the next day (Thursday, 22 Oct 1981). What time of day would Expressen
have been put to print for the day? I will guess that the articles for the issue would have been written overnight and submitted, including the photos, early in the morning for that day's print. Perhaps the photographer takes a couple pictures of the taped off area at first light, then rushes these to be developed and matched up with the article. Well, this is not that important for building Holmberg's point of view, yet it is of interest.