Varg Vikernes of Burzum Arrested in France for Suspicion of Planning a “Massacre”
EuroNews is reporting that Varg Vikernes (pictured left), the man behind Norwegian black-metal pioneers Burzum, has been arrested in France for suspicion of planning a “massacre.”
Investigators searched his home for weapons and explosives, saying he might stage a large “terrorist act.” Vikernes was arrested with his French wife Marie Chachet after she legally purchased four rifles.
Officials are saying the investigation started after Vikernes was one of just a few hundred individuals to receive a copy of the manifesto of Anders Behring Breivik, the terrorist responsible for the July 2011 Oslo bombing and Utoeya Massacre which left 77 dead. Breivik was sentenced to 21 years in jail the next year.
Vikernes discusses Breivik’s manifesto in a blog post on his website.
Interior Minister Manuel Valls said, “Having received the manifesto before [Breivik] committed his crimes and having been sentenced in Norway in the past for murder, this individual, who was close to a neo-Nazi movement, was likely to prepare a large terrorist act.”
Vikernes previously spent 21 years in prison for the murder of Øystein Aarseth, known as Euronymous, the guitar player and founder of Mayhem. He’s also been convicted of arson attacks on four churches. Upon leaving prison, he moved to France with his wife and three children.