crime & justice

"Bone Fragments" in Quick Case Debunked

In yet another snare in the state’s case against Thomas Quick, preliminary tests show that bones found in a forest that were said to belong to a nine-year-old Norwegian victim are not bones at all. The so-called bone fragments were the only technical evidence in all the cases against Quick.

Sten-Ove Bergwall, Thomas Quick’s brother, said on Swedish Radio that the results are “yet another piece of evidence in a long line of proof that the prosecution’s shoddy show is about to fall apart.”

Thomas Quick, or Sture Bergwall as he’s now known again, was convicted of eight murders in seven different trials, three of which in Norway. He confessed to all of them at the time, saying that he killed over 20 people in total.

But criticism of the Quick murder trials has steadily grown over the last decade, and some suspect that he may not have murdered at all. His defenders say that the mentally ill man was fed details about serial murders in therapy sessions, and that he confessed while under the influence of pharmaceutical drugs.

Swedish Television aired two documentaries about the holes in the prosecution’s case in 2008, and Thomas Quick retracted all his confessions soon after.

Just last year, he was granted a retrial in the 1988 murder of Israeli tourist Yenon Levi. Quick’s lawyer, Thomas Olsson, is preparing retrial request for the remaining seven convictions, and hopes to be done with the one involving the Norwegian girl by the end of the month.