It Came On A Whim- The Story of Ingeborg Andersson Child Murderess
On a March day in 1929, Artur Andersson leaves his family to gather firewood in the forest. He returns to find his wife Ingeborg fidgeting with the watch he left behind and his three children drowned in a copper wash tub in the other room. For 70 years the details of Ingeborg’s actions have been a family secret but now her grand-niece Maria Bouroncke is telling her story.
What is intriguing to me about this story is we know who did it. The focus is the unfolding of the “why” element. As more is revealed about Ingeborg’s upbringing and background that assists the reader to clues and insight on what could have motivated a mother to mirder her children. I thoroughly enjoyed the unique view of the writing that caused me to be sympathetic for Ingeborg.
I would recommend this book for fans of older true crimes. I think people interested in psychiatry would also like to read this due to the puzzling actions and limited psychiatry at the time of th crime. I suggest reading this book on a night where you can devote your undivided attention and really sink yourself into this fascinating case.
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