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Unravelling one of Iceland’s biggest murder mysteries: Sugar paper theories

for Huck Magazine
A dead body lies slumped, surrounded by evidence markers, in the tyre-marked snow

Jack Latham's photography practice often takes the form of reflexive investigations into the relation of memory to photography, and how the two come together to offer a semblance of truth to the stories we spread. He first reached acclaim with his Sugar Paper Theories, a publication taking account of the Guðmundur and Geirfinnur case, one of the greatest travesties of justice in European history. He's now showing this body of work at the Royal Photographic Society in Bristol and has recently published a new, updated version of the book. I spoke to him about the case and his practice for Huck Magazine.

Despite no known connection, and disappearing more than 10 months apart, the police decided to treat these incidents as a single murder case. Though no bodies, witnesses, or motives were produced, six young suspects were arrested, drugged, and tortured in solitary confinement before being forced to sign confessions.