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Notorious killer hopes to leave jail

Published tisdag 24 oktober 2006 kl 12.26
John Ausonius' victims reported seeing the red laser from his rifle just before he shot them

Sweden’s so-called ”Laser Man” who carried out a series of shootings against people with dark skin or hair in the early 90s, is asking to be let out of prison.

John Ausonius was jailed for life in 1995 for one murder and nine attempted murders between August 1991 and January 1992, in Stockholm and the central city of Uppsala.

He was also convicted of seven bank raids and he later admitted trying to kill two other people.

The shootings created fear among people with immigrant backgrounds across the capital and led to the biggest police hunt since the murder of the Swedish Prime Minister, Olof Palme, in 1986.

Ausonius is hoping to convince Sweden’s Ministry of Justice that he has served his sentence now.

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