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serial killer who retracted his confessions

Left party demands re-investigation of Quick case

Published lördag 11 augusti 2012 kl 10.00
"He got attention"
(13 min)
Thomas Quick, now Sture Bergwall, has already had three murder verdicts overturned. File photo: SvD / Scanpix

The Left party is demanding that the government order a commission to re-investigate the case of serial killer Thomas Quick. Quick, now known as Sture Bergwall, confessed to 25 murders in the 1990s. He was found guilty of eight of them. Then, several years ago, he rescinded his confessions.

In the past several years, Quick has had three murder verdicts overturned. Five of the cases are pending.

Now the Left Party's legal spokesperson Lena Olsson tells the newspaper Svenska Dagbladet that a re-investigation is imperative. Family members of the murder victims have previously also demanded a re-investigation.

The reversals of Quick's convictions were in part due to the tireless work of the journalist Hannes Råstam, who died in January from cancer. Råstam's new book – “The case of Thomas Quick: To create a serial murderer” – has just been published. The editor of the book, Mattias Göransson, spoke to Radio Sweden on Friday.

“This is the strange thing, in becoming the worst serial killer in Swedish history, he got something he never got before, he got attention,” says Göransson.

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