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Swedish Serial Killer Who Raped And Ate His Victims To Be Freed – Because He Made It All Up

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http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/swedish-serial-killer-who-raped-and-ate-his-victims-to-be-freed--because-he-made-it-all-up-8740633.html

He was once Sweden’s most infamous serial killer, a self-confessed cannibal who claimed to have murdered 30 people. But Sture Bergwall could soon be freed from a high-security psychiatric unit after prosecutors dropped the last charge against a man they now accept was a fantasist.

The case gripped Sweden in the 1990s, when Bergwall – then known by his alter-ago, Thomas Quick – told police tales of the dozens of people he had raped, killed and even eaten. He was eventually convicted of murdering eight people, including three children.

More than a decade later, however, Bergwall had a different story to tell: encouraged by therapists and befuddled by medication, he had invented Thomas Quick, the serial killer, as a cry for help. Without his confessions, there was little other evidence to back up the convictions, and one by one courts struck them down.

Today, prosecutors withdrew the final outstanding case: the murder of a 15-year-old who disappeared in northern Sweden in 1976. Although the remains of Charles Zelmanovits were not discovered until 1993 and it was impossible to determine the cause of death, Bergwall had been convicted on the strength of his testimony alone.

“That a person has been convicted of eight murders and later been declared innocent, that is unique in Swedish legal history,” said the attorney general, Anders Perklev. “It has to be considered as a big failure for the justice system.”

The power of confession. So they had no evidence apart from what he was telling them and they convicted!

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A lot of the murders were investigated by the same cop (and prosecutor?), who seemingly loved solving murders.

Bizarre story. Lots of bizarre killers in Sweden actually, fewer in the UK strangely.

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Read about this a few days ago, apparently the confession videos show lots and lots of cajoling, reminding him of what he did etc, in some instances he couldn't describe the victims, murder weapons or methods of death until reminded.

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thats nothing, in the UK we have thousands of women damaged for life by having their leg gripped by a celeb.

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