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How much of the Netflix show is true?

Bill Skarsgård stars Clear, a new Netflix miniseries that follows the true story of Clark Olofsson. The title character is a Swedish criminal who made a name for himself in the 1970s for charming the general public despite his various misdeeds. Over the six episodes, Clark breaks out of prison a whopping 17 times, is involved in multiple robberies, and even gets involved in drug dealing. Oh yes, and he also repeatedly attacks and stabs someone.

Why doesn’t Clark spend more time in prison for all his crimes? You’ll have to watch the new show to find out. If you want to learn which parts of Clear actually happened in real life, we’re here to break down the biggest moments. You might be surprised to learn that much of what happens on the show has really gotten lost, though each episode begins with the disclaimer that the show is “based on truth and lies.”

Did Clark Olofsson inspire the term “Stockholm Syndrome”?

Yes! The real Clark Olofsson’s biggest claim to fame would probably be the fact that he inspired the term “Stockholm Syndrome”. In 1973, while in prison, Olofsson’s colleague Jan-Erik Olsson tried to rob a bank and took several people hostage. He asked Olofsson to come to the bank, and when the police feared for the hostages’ lives, they listened.

Olofsson spent six days with Olsson and the hostages in the bank and made friends with the prisoners with his charm. Just like on the show, the hostages didn’t trust the police and instead took a liking to Olofsson, who made sure they were comfortable. This event is now known as the Norrmalmstorg robbery. Olofsson reportedly kept in touch with one of the detainees, Kristin Enmark.

The official definition of Stockholm Syndrome, as Brittanica said, is the “psychological response in which a prisoner begins to identify closely with his or her captors and with their agenda and demands”.

Did Clark Olofsson escape from prison?

Just like Clark on the show, the real Olofsson has escaped from prison multiple times. He began his series of escapes by sneaking out of a juvenile facility, and this was followed by several escapes from actual prisons in Sweden. He escapes a whopping 17 times on the show, although the exact number for the real Olofsson is unconfirmed.

Did Clark Olofsson marry someone named Marijke?

While we don’t know how promiscuous the real Clark Olofsson is, we do know that just like on the show, he married a woman named Marijke from Belgium. The couple married in 1976 and called it quits in 1999. They share three children, and Olofsson has three other children from previous relationships.

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Did Clark Olofsson almost kill someone during Midsummer?

In Clear On Netflix, the titular character makes a shocking decision while drunk when he gets into an argument with someone at a midsummer celebration. He stabs the man repeatedly, but luckily the man survives. Did that actually happen? According to Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet, Olofsson “seriously abused” a fisherman named Leif Sundin in Möja during a midsummer voyage and was sentenced to two and a half years in prison.

However, we do not have precise details as to what exactly resulted from this abuse. The scene in the show is certainly chilling.

You can stream all six episodes of Clear now on Netflix.

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Aila Slisco

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