My Life as a San Francisco Realtor: Norway Massacre - Personal Notes

Norway Massacre - Personal Notes

This past year our office was graced to have a student from the International EF Language School with us.  Part of their program is to have students from other countries work part time pro bono in local businesses in areas of their interest to gain experience and continued English Language proficiency in the working environment - all in all a super program. [Name witheld] from Norway had requested working in our office to gain experience in how American Real Estate works. Having just graduated High School last year, he was a very young and energetic and handsome presence in our office. We all truly enjoyed having him around and were sorry to see him go.

When I heard about the recent events in Oslo, Norway I sent him an email:

Hi [name witheld],

I hope you weren't a part of / hurt in the recent events in Oslo. My thoughts are with you and your country.

His reply:

Thank you for thinking of me John. I am safe.  A very sad event for Norway and the Norwegian people. People are not believing something like this ever could happen here, This will have big influence on the country for a long time forward. Turns out that there was 1 single 32old right-side-extremist. He had bought a small farm and ordered 6tons of fertilizer (in may 2011) which he then made a homemade bomb out of, he placed it inside a car outside the government-building. He then went of to "Utøya" ,a island where the ruling party of the country had a political youth-camp for upcoming politicians. While he was on his way the bomb went of and took the polices attention. He then took a boat out to the island where he gave himself out for being a policeman -going to inform the youngsters about the blast in Oslo. While the young got together around him to listen, he pulled out a semi-automatic gun and started mercilessly shooting them down. He also told others to come out of their hiding because he now got the situation under control -followed by murdering the people which thought they where walking to safety. The total number of people on the island was close to 600. 85 is reported dead + some more are still missing. Now the more frightening storey form the witnesses are coming in after the other. People are telling about pretending dead laying feets from the murder, feeling the heat from the gun barrel and hearing him breath.

The whole thing ended when the police arrived and the gunman instantly surrendered. 


It's frightening and unbelievable that this tragedy hits peaceful Norway.



John M Scott, Broker / Owner, Scott Keys Properties, Certified Distressed Property Expert (CDPE), Council of Real Estate Brokerage Managers (CRB), serving San Francisco and the surrounding San Francisco Bay Area

Comment balloon 8 commentsJohn M. Scott • July 24 2011 01:00AM


Dear John,

Sad for everyone when people cannot disagree peacefully, isn't it?
Sorry for all the innicents slaughtered by one lunatic and glad your friend is OK.

Thanks for sharing the story.

Posted by Lynn B. Friedman, Concierge Service for Our Atlanta Sellers & Buyers (Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty Call/Text 404-939-2727 Buckhead - Midtown - Westside -- and more ...) over 7 years ago

This was Norway's 9/11.  It must have been chaos on that island with this crazy shooting everyone in sight.  I'm glad your friend is OK and I hope that he stays safe in the future.

Posted by Doug Bullwinkel, Mortgage Loan Originator NMLS #281609 (Envoy Mortgage, NMLS 6666) over 7 years ago

Such a shame for any tragedy anywhere, but who would have thought Norway?

Posted by Bill Pohl (Tetra Homes, Inc.) over 7 years ago

I like Bill was shocked that this happened in Norway.  I feel like it is such a peaceful country, I guess madness is everywhere.

Posted by Liz Wallace, Broker C21 Sherlock Homes, Rockville Centre, LI, N (Century 21 Sherlock Homes) over 7 years ago

Thank you for your comments everyone. As more news comes out today Oivind's news of what happened on the island is made even more real and terrifying. I'm just glad he wasn't there.

Posted by John M. Scott, Broker / Owner San Francisco Bay Area (BRE # 01442690, Scott Keys Properties) over 7 years ago

As the world continues to become more interconnected with its economies and finances, I fear that these types of occurrences will become more commonplace, and in those countries that thought they were immune. I just can't imagine killing children, though, or anyone actually, but killing children is particularly heinous.

Posted by EC, JF, Double R and Zoey the Cool Cat (Russel Ray Photos) over 7 years ago

Happy Hump Day!

Posted by Not a real person over 7 years ago

This was certainly a sad event, John.  You can't even wrap your head around it, and the maximum sentence in Norway is 21 years.  Hopefully they find a way around that.

Posted by Jane Peters, Los Angeles real estate concierge services (Home Jane Realty) over 7 years ago