“Free at last. Well… almost,” reads the triumphant update on black metal murderer Varg Vikernes’ (possibly fake) Twitter: after nearly 16 years, Vikernes is getting out of Norwegian prison. In 1993, Varg and an accomplice, Snorre Ruch, murdered his onetime Burzum bandmate Øystein Aarseth, alias Euronymous, in a dispute about inter-scene politics, or money, or self-defense–accounts differ. An unapologetic Vikernes smiled demonically in court when the guilty verdict came down; while in prison, he was a frequent willing neo-Nazi figurehead and propagandist; and, in 2003, Vikerness successfully, if briefly, escaped –three reasons among many that parole on his 21-year sentence had been denied four separate times in this decade alone. But now, apparently, he’ll soon go free. His destination? A small farm in Bø, a town located in Telemark, Norway, where the residents surely just got a bit more fearful.
“I look forward the day that I could work on my farm, create music, write books and be with the wife and kids around the clock — and live a normal life,” he told Dagbladet, a Norwegian newspaper. ” It means a lot.” Once, I accompanied a friend on a visit to the city of Trondheim, where Varg’s accomplice, Snorre Ruch, has lived since he was freed from prison in the late ’90s, after serving 8 years. Ruch was intimidating, but also a gentleman–a good host, who in spite of his past seemed reformed (“I mostly get my kicks from the music,” he said then) and kind. Whether Vikernes–a hateful individual then, and apparently scarcely better since–will become any of these things, now that he’s a free man, remains to be seen. [Blabbermouth, via Daily Swarm]