Is everyone in Sweden a sex-crazed homicidal maniac? My thoughts on Wallander

[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2462" align="alignright" width="150" caption="The British Remake"]wallander2[/caption] You might get that idea in the media.  This month I finished The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, which in Swedish was called Men who Hate Women Menn Som Hater Kvinner.  It was about some murders of women…well I won’t spoil the plot other than to say sex and murder had a pretty big role.  Last night I watched the first episode of Wallander on Masterpiece Mystery.  Wallander cop stories have been a staple of reading in Europe for the last decade, and a Swedish tv version has been around for nearly as long.  The BBC took a shot at making some films and the result was pretty good, though it also dealt with the same weird sex / violent murder that seems to be particularly Swedish this month.   Wallander was pretty good.  I suspect I’ll watch the next few episodes and maybe read a book or two (heck, without cable I don’t have much of a choice besides PBS).  I don’t think I’ll be visiting Ikea anytime soon.  Too much weird Swede stuff this month.]]>

Officer shot Arlington VA

Was watching the SCAN-DC list tonight explode with a police officer shot. Cops were on the scene in moments and they chased the guy upto the 14th Street Bridge in DC. There is live audio from the scanner buffs in Virginia (who record pretty much everything that goes on in the DC area).

Apparently the police officer was protected by his bullet proof vest, but the suspect was apparently killed in the incident. The original lookout was for an Asian male in a Lexus SUV with Washington state tags.

If you listen to the audio advance to about 11:50 for the first call. Goes on from there.