When BURZUM mastermind Varg Vikernes, known in his native Norway as "Greven" (Norwegian for "The Count"), failed to return to return to prison as scheduled following a short leave, he contemplated leaving Norway behind for good and joining the French Foreign Legion, according to the daily newspaper Nettavisen."He had no concrete plan except that he wanted to get away from Norway," John Christian Elden, Vikernes' lawyer, told Aftenposten after visiting his client in Romerike prison Friday. "He wanted to go somewhere where he could live without being treated as a leper because of his past. That was why he considered the French Foreign Legion." After failing to return to prison at midnight Saturday (Oct. 25), Vikernes drove towards the Swedish border, when he, according to his lawyer, changed his mind and drove back towards Oslo. According to Elden, Varg insists that he did not use a weapon when he threatened a family to give him their car while he was on the run. Vikernes claims that he only had a flashlight, but no weapon. Vikernes is serving the maximum sentence of 21 years for the murder of MAYHEM leader Øystein Aarseth (a.k.a. Euronymous) in August 1993, and for arson of Åsane church, Skjold church in Vindafjord and Holmenkollen chapel.
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