The three cardboard boxes were stored at the bottom of the wardrobe. Wisting lifted out the largest. One corner had started to tear, so he had to be careful as he carried it into the living room.
He opened the lid and removed the top ring binder – black, with a faded label on the spine: Katharina Haugen. Laying it aside, he took out a red binder marked Witnesses I and two others of the same colour tagged Witnesses II and Witnesses III. Soon he found what he was looking for – the ring binder labelled Kleiverveien.
These cardboard boxes contained everything written and undertaken in the Katharina case. Strictly speaking, he should not have brought the case documents home, but he felt they did not deserve to be locked away in an archive room. Sitting there at the bottom of his wardrobe, they reminded him of the case every time he took out a shirt.
He picked up his reading glasses and sat down with the ring binder on his lap. One whole year had passed since he had last looked through it.Continue Reading