Finnishness is “granite under which lava flows”.
This is the assessment of Master Waldemar Churberg, who in the autumn of 1889 at the University of Helsinki tried to assassinate Professor Jaakko Forsman.
The influencer engaged in phenomania.
Churberg would have been surprised to learn that his assassination remained the only one in a long language battle.
The bedrock withstood the shocks.
With the exception of 1918, political killings remained rare, although knives and pounders otherwise swung at the darkest level in Western Europe.
Are we living in times of fiery confrontation?
A reliable source is the Homicide Review of the Institute of Criminology and Judicial Policy.
The murders and murders 1995–2018 analyzed in it are almost all apolitical and ideological.
There is no body on the fringes of party politics.
If Mediainformat keeps itching, Pekka Kataja, the Electoral Director of Basic Finns in Central Finland, had to become the first in the category.
No one has been recorded at all for being killed due to dark skin color.
In the only “pure racist” death in Vaasa in 2014, “the victim belonged to the native population, the perpetrator to an ethnic minority”.
Deadly anger has flared up to gender minorities a little more often.
The background of these cases is Martti Lehti, a researcher at the above-mentioned institute, who states “the homosexual approach of the victim to the perpetrator” and “the deep state of intoxication of the parties”.
Deprivation of life is most often caused by anger.
You hate an open-minded drunkard, you hate an unfaithful partner, you hate an insolvent gambler and drug addict, you hate a front-runner or an opponent who doesn’t offer a cigarette.
But are there even crimes of hatred stemming from ideology?
Ideology or personality is always open to interpretation.
I don’t know if the Turku terrorist attack in 2017 is motivated by Islam or a negative asylum decision.
The Finnish fanatic Churberg was haunted by rotating demons even in private life.
Tandenfelt, the assassin of Interior Minister Ritavuori, was half-crazy.
Eugen Schauman’s final decision was affected by disappointment in love.
In addition to radicalism, the porters of the Lapua movement drank alcoholism.
The hate speeches of the militants in the organizations did not even lead to assassination attempts, but if we look at drunken unbalanced individuals, hate crimes are guaranteed to peek out at the student parties of the 1970s or the bristles of heavy corpses.
The spirit of time will breathe some explosion in the fall of 2020, but what?
If nothing is new under the sun, are the foreshadowings of future bloodshed visible in the past?
On the shores of Lake Kytäjärvi in 1972, three young campers got a bullet in the skull because of ideology.
They were shot by the manor lord Vähäkallio.
The victims had camped without permission and damaged the environment.
The triple murder was not caused by anger but by “excessive love of nature,” as journalist Hannes Markkula referred to the defense lawyer.
Vähäkallio was a gun enthusiast, a user of private property and Finland's worst eco-terrorist so far.
The author is a historian