Madness in the Fast Lane. Part 1
(YT -- videos include footage of human-car collisions and some NSFW language). On May 17, 2008, the identical twins Ursula and Sabina Eriksson
ran into traffic on the UK's M6 motorway, apparently for no reason whatsoever (original article & footage
). Despite the first being run over by a lorry and the second hit head on by a car, both sisters survived, even cursing and struggling against the police who tried to help them. That's when things got weird.
Back in 2008, many saw the footage of the apparently suicidal dashes into oncoming traffic, but the rest of the story couldn't be released for two years:
Sabina, who suffered only minor injuries, was taken into custody, charged with assaulting a police officer, and released 2 days later. Glenn Hollinshead, local resident of Trent-on-Stoke, took her in when he found her wandering the streets. The next morning, she fled Hollinshead's house after he stumbled out and died from several stab wounds in the presence of a neighbor. As she ran, she beat herself in the head with a hammer, and she jumped from a 40 foot bridge, again into oncoming traffic, in an attempt to elude the police. She survived.
Sabina refused to comment to police about either the event on the M6 or the murder of Glenn Hollinshead. Defense psychiatrists diagnosed her with Induced Delusional Disorder
, or "a madness shared by two." In this rare disorder, one person is "infected" by another's delusions. Prosecution psychiatrists diagnosed her with Acute Polymorphic Psychotic Disorder
, or "a puff of madness," a condition characterized by the sudden onset of severe delusions, hallucinations, etc.
Sabina eventually pled guilty to manslaughter, but no one knows for sure why these events happened. The sisters are still in communication, and Sabina is up for parole in a year.