Flak jacket and gun ready in the hallway
The suspected serial killer, Peter Mangs, was charged in Malmö in southern Sweden today for three murders and 12 attempted murders between 2003 and 2010. The 40-year old denies the charges, only admitting to some minor charges of vandalism.
At a crowded press conference on Monday, the Chief Prosecutor Solveig Wollstad said that there was no particular motive for the crimes.
“But there is a certain measure of racism. And even more, for example aggressiveness towards people convicted for crimes.”
Until Mang's arrest in November 2010, residents of the city of Malmö, particularly those from ethnic minorities, were terrorized at the prospect of a serial killer on the loose, following several attempted shootings. Many parallels were made with another racially motivated killer, the Laserman, who claimed 11 victims in Stockholm in the early 90s.
The investigation has revealed that Mangs stalked his victims, detailing their movements. He also had a special flak jacket and gun at the ready in his hallway.
The criminal investigation amounts to 7500 pages and the prosecutor described the evidence as strong.