On the 31st of May, 1995, a woman checked into the Oslo Plaza Hotel, in Oslo, Norway, at 10:44pm. She booked a room for three nights, and paid 1,845 kroner (approx. £154.85 / $192.92) per night for the room. She was given room 2805.
When checking in, she told hotel staff that her name was Jennifer Fergate, she was born on the 23rd of August 1973, she lived at 0748 Rue de la Stehae, 7968, Verlaine, Belgium. She listed her phone number as 32-68-326548, and put her company down as Cerbis, Belgia.
When Jennifer checked in, she also checked someone by the name of “Lois Fergate” into the room with her, but the receptionist said that he didn’t see anyone else with her when she was checking in. Another hotel employee said that they saw a man between 25-40 years old going into the hotel room with Jennifer, but this man has never been found.
Strangely, after checking in, Jennifer was not in her hotel room for the next 2 days based on data from her hotel key card. No member of hotel staff remember seeing Jennifer enter or exit her room, but a member of the cleaning staff remembers entering her room and finding the room clean and tidy, with a pair of vivid high heel shoes that have never been located. It is thought that someone took the shoes.
During Jennifer’s stay, she attempted to contact two numbers in Seraing and Grace-Hollogne, Belgium. Both of the numbers were invalid.
On the 2nd of June, hotel staff saw Jennifer enter her room and put the “do not disturb” sign on the door handle. Staff became alarmed when they realised the “do not disturb” sign was still on the door the next day, and that Jennifer had not checked out of the hotel.
Security were sent to go and check on her, but as soon as they knocked on the door, they heard a gunshot. After hearing the gunshot, security immediately went to get the police. But, by getting the police, the room was left unsupervised for 15 minuets. Oslo police arrived 50 minutes after the gunshot was heard.
When the police opened the door, they found Jennifer lying on the bed, covered in blood. She had died from a gunshot wound to her head. She was holding a Browning 9mm pistol, which is commonly used by criminals as well as the Norwegian army, and it appeared to be a suicide.
However, the gun was being held upside down, and there was no blood or gunshot residue on her hand. The hotel room door had also been locked from the inside, as if someone had locked it as they had left the room. Close to her body, they found a pillow that had been shot at, suggesting that the first gunshot that was heard had actually been a test shot into the pillow.
Another hotel key for the room was also found in the hotel room, and it is thought that this key belonged to “Lois”, who appeared to have left the hotel for the remainder of Jennifer’s stay.
When investigators took a closer look at the information Jennifer had provided with the hotel when she first checked in, they discovered none of it actually existed. Whilst there is a place called Rue de la Station in Verlaine, the building where Jennifer said she lived didn’t exist. An autopsy also found that she was not 21 years old as she had listed, and was in fact between 25 and 35 years old.
All of the labels from her clothing had been removed.
A businessman staying in room 2804, directly across from Jennifer, claimed to be from Belgium and checked in on the 2nd of June. He is referred to as Mister F, and he told authorities that he had been informed that Jennifer had been found dead and was asked if he had seen anything suspicious. However, Mister F checked out on the 3rd of June, before Jennifer’s body had been discovered. He has not been located since.
Jennifer is described as being a white female who stood at 5″2′ and weighed 147 pounds. She had short black hair which could have been dyed, blue eyes, gold and porcelain used in her dental work and she was fluent in both German and English.
She was found with a black Braun Büffel attaché case, Ungaro Pour L’Homme cologne, a turquoise-green travel bag, one blouse, four bras, long silk underwear, stockings, high-heeled shoes, four jackets, a gold ring, and a Citizen Aqualand diving watch.
Jennifer Fairgate’s true identity still remains a mystery to investigators. In 2020, the Unsolved Mysteries series on Netflix covered Jennifer’s case. The episode is Volume 2, Episode 2: A Death in Oslo.
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