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8 Murders

Sentenced Serial Killer Withdraws Confessions, New Trial Demanded

Published måndag 15 december 2008 kl 10.42
Lawyer Thomas Olsson wants new trials

A sensational turn has come in Sweden’s most infamous serial killer case - with the Swede sentenced to confinement in a mental hospital for 8 murders now withdrawing his confessions - while his lawyer announces he will formally apply for new trials.

In a new Swedish Television news documentary, the sentenced man also has withdraw his confessions of the murders of another 20 persons over the last 30 years - both Swedes and foreign tourists.

He claims his confessions were produced by his heavy medication, his desire for publicity and the eagerness of the police and prosecutor to get convictions.

The man’s lawyer claims that interrogators repeatedly provided leading information to the accused to improve the confessions, and that prosecutor in all 8 cases deleted evidence that did not support convictions.

Critics have long dismissed the confessions as fabrications - and that the legal scandal means that the real killers have escaped justice.

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