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A.K.A.: "Faust"
Classification: Murderer
Characteristics: Norwegian drummer black metal band Emperor
Number of victims: 1
Date of murder: August 21, 1992
Date of birth: April 21, 1974
Victim profile: Magne Andreassen (gay man)
Method of murder: Stabbing with knife (37 times)
Location: Lillehammer, Oppland county, Norway
Status: Sentenced to fourteen years imprisonment, but was released in 2003 after serving nine years and four months

Bård G. "Faust" Eithun (born: 21 April 1974) is a Norwegian drummer. He is best known for his work with early black metal band Emperor, especially on the releases As the Shadows Rise and In the Nightside Eclipse. He also writes lyrics for other bands, including Zyklon.

Murder conviction

Eithun was convicted of murdering Magne Andreassen, a gay man, by fatally stabbing him in Lillehammer Norway on 21 August 1992. The murder occurred near the park which eventually held the opening ceremonies of the 1994 Winter Olympic Games. Faust was sentenced to fourteen years imprisonment, but was released in 2003 after serving nine years and four months.

Some in the media speculated that the murder was related to black metal, satanism or fascism – Eithun later stated in an interview that "I was never a satanist or fascist in any way".

Jørn Tunsberg of the band Hades Almighty also claimed that the murder was "an impulse killing" and that "it had nothing to do with black metal". Kjetil Manheim was a friend of Eithun at the time, and later remarked "the situation that Faust was in wasn't a good experience. He felt that he was attacked. He was in shock".

The verdict states that Andreassen, unarmed, approached Eithun in central Lillehammer and suggested they take a walk together. Eithun agreed, and followed Andreassen to the olympic park. Andreassens body was discovered the following day with 37 stab wounds and massive head injury as a result of being repeatedly kicked.


Bård G. "Faust" Eithun



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