This is a first hand account of Felix Dahl’s death as it happened, by his family..
Felix Dahl was a 22-year-old student with Finnish and Swedish nationality. He left for India the 14th of October, because he was overworked and tired. He had been there during winter 2014 and liked the place. From India he was due to go to Bangkok in January 2015 to make his exchange studies.
At the airport in Goa he met a Canadian man with an artist name Sun (Suntory) Awiskar, who is now known to work in gay sex industry as a stripper. Sun claimed that he and Felix arrived by the same plane, but that is not true. Sun did not have any luggage and told Felix that his luggage did not arrive. Sun and Felix came to Agonda and met two other men then later met there an Indian who introduced himself as Ziaan De Janeiro, but this identity was false. They also had contacts with a third man worked in a souvenir shop in Palolem. Felix had told a friend that he was at somebody’s house, and two men there tried to persuade him to smuggle jewellery abroad, but he had refused.
Felix followed Sun to Arambol in the beginning of November, and after that they left for Jaipur, where Ziaan worked within family jewellery business. According to Felix, Ziaan bought an apartment in Jaipur and the other guys helped to furnish it in European style. Felix used between 500-1000 euro of his money as well as his time. The apartment was supposed to be sold with profit and Felix had mentioned to his father that he wants to have 15% of the profit. During his stay in Arambol and Jaipur, Felix had used lot of money, in total 2900 euro within 6-7 weeks. By the end of November something happened. Felix lost his Visa card and his phone, and ended up in the hospital. According to the hospital, the reason was some sort of gastritis.
Then by the beginning of December Felix came back to Agonda because his father and brother came to visit him for 10 days. Only few days after they left, Felix’s Finnish girlfriend came to visit him for three weeks. She left on January 8 and Felix was left only with 700 Euro cash. During her visit Felix had been planning his life very much. He was not happy with his choice of studies and did not like his work either. He liked Agonda and planned to stay there and skip his exchange studies. January 10th Ziaan De Janeiro and Sun Awiskar returned to Goa, where they lived somewhere in Palolem or Patnem. In Agonda Felix had become friends with a local man called Lensloi Fernandes, who rents huts on the beach. Other tourists who were in Agonda told that Felix was ok when they left on the 22nd of January.
The weekend that followed something happened. Felix was without money, but it is not known if he was robbed or if the money ran out. Felix may have been threatened that weekend because his behaviour changed. He was afraid and nervous. On Monday 26th Felix phoned home to his mother and told that she was the best mother for him, but when asked, he assured that he was still happy to live in Goa. He also told that he has learned to live without money. It was later found out that he had 4700 euro on his account but no Visa card to take out cash.
According to Lensloi Fernandes, Felix got a lift during late evening the 26th to Patnem, and it has been told that Felix freaked out and kicked and strangled a dog there. Passport has something to do with that fight. It has also been told that he ended up having a fight with two men at the beach, and was finally badly beaten and taken back to Agonda by police during the night 26-27 January. Next day Felix was very much afraid, appeared confused and sedated and was unable to take care of himself. In the afternoon he told to a Norwegian middle aged photographer that his life was in danger and asked for help to get out from Goa. He also asked: Do you think I will be alive tomorrow?
According to Lensloi Felix left suddenly around 12. Having not returned for a long time, Lensloi looked for him for several hours without finding him. A man who looked like Felix was seen at about 1.30 am midnight in the end of that road where Felix was later found. The man walked fast towards the forest, and when told by somebody from her garden that the street only leads to forest, he turned around and walked towards the place where he found Felix. People passed that place soon after without seeing anything unusual.
About 5 am a local lady left out her dogs and they started barking. Felix was found lying on the street, with bent feet and hands around his head. Police were called to the scene, but they did not treat the place as crime scene but obviously decided there and then that Felix had fallen on his own, so his death was an accident. Autopsy was done in Goa and in Finland showed that he had several wounds in the back of his head and a broken skull. No narcotics were found in the toxicological tests done in Finland, but surprisingly an antihistamine called pheniramine was observed in the samples.
This antihistamine can cause nervousness, hallucinations and psychosis if given in overdose. It also leads to overheating of the body, and maybe that is the reason why Felix did not wear a shirt. Furthermore, overdose of pheniramine causes large pupils, which were also observed on Felix, and also stomach symptoms, such as nausea and vomiting.
All the people who saw Felix before his death thought he had taken drugs or had mental problems. Maybe his condition was caused by pheniramine that had been given to him in his drink without his knowledge. It is not known when and where he got this substance in his body and why, and if this was the first time, or whether he suffered from the same side effects already earlier when hospitalised. Furthermore, it is not known who killed him and whether he knew his killers for months, or if he met them right before his death.
It is not known where he spent the hours before and after being seen walking towards the forest in Patnem, but most likely it was somewhere close to the place where he was later found. Furthermore, it is unclear whether he was killed on the street or brought there from somewhere else. Only one thing is sure, he did not die due to falling, so the police should have treated his death as a possible homicide. Unfortunately it is almost a rule that the deaths of the tourists are not taken seriously by the local police.
Also other cases of mentally collapsing and hallucinating tourists were seen in Agonda – Palolem–Patnem area during the spring 2015, with one more death reported. Also elsewhere in Goa tourists get “confused”, walk around on the street half-naked, are taken to hospital or to see a doctor, have contact with the police and then found dead. It is unclear why they are killed and if police is involved. There have been many similar cases over the years. Furthermore, it is also common that tourists are found dead in their beds without clear reason, and in these cases poisoning has not been properly excluded.
In total there are dozens, maybe hundreds of people that have died in Goa and elsewhere in India under unclear circumstances. Most of these deaths have never been investigated properly by the police and they still remain unsolved to this day. Most of them have passed unnoticed, while some, like the deaths of Scarlet Keeling, Denyse Sweeney, Micheal Harvey, Andrew Rodick and now Felix Dahl, have made it to the headlines due to the activity of their relatives. More information about the death of Felix can be obtained from Facebook page “What happened to Felix Dahl”.
It is a responsibility of all people in Goa, natives as well as westerners living and working there, to demand investigation of murders and other crimes. It is time to act now to preserve Goa’s reputation and tourism industry. As otherwise Goa will not be a pleasant place in the future, for anyone. Not for the Goans, the western immigrants or the tourists.