By Hannes Råstam
I ask yourself what you'll consider me should you discovered that i have performed anything rather severe . . .'
So commence the confessions of Thomas fast - Scandinavia's so much infamous serial killer.
In 1992, at the back of the barbed twine fence of a psychiatric health facility for the criminally insane, Thomas fast confessed to the homicide of an eleven-year-old boy who have been lacking for twelve years. Over the subsequent 9 years, speedy confessed to greater than thirty unsolved murders, revealing he had maimed, raped and eaten the is still of his victims.
In the years that undefined, a fearless investigative journalist referred to as Hannes Råstam grew to become keen about Quick's case. He studied the investigations in forensic element. He scrutinised each interrogation, learn and re-read the verdicts, watched the police re-enactments and tracked down the clinical files and private police logs - till eventually he used to be confronted with a frightening uncertainty.
In the spring of 2008, Råstam travelled to the place Thomas quickly was...
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Extra info for Thomas Quick. The Making of a Serial Killer
He was not only a threat but also, under certain circumstances, extremely dangerous to the safety, well-being and lives of others. On 12 November 1993 Gubb Jan Stigson revealed that the police investigation regarding the Säter Man had been widened to include five murders. In addition to Johan Asplund in 1980 and Thomas Blomgren in 1964 he was under suspicion for the murders of fifteen-year-old Alvar Larsson from Sirkön, who disappeared in 1967, forty-eight-year-old Ingemar Nylund, who was murdered in Uppsala in 1977, and eighteen-year-old Olle Högbom, who disappeared without trace in Sundsvall in 1983.
Every statement or detail was turned around several times and had to be confirmed before publishing. ’ He respected the facts. And it was this that led Råstam to the Thomas Quick case. There had long been controversy over the convictions in Sweden but no one had ever been able to nail down exactly why. Råstam was the first journalist to gain Bergwall’s trust. He had a rare capacity to listen and to keep an open mind, and the two men became friends. ‘Hannes was a very intense person with an ability to really listen to other people and also to share,’ said Bergwall when I met him.
Thomas Quick heaped praise on the staff who had helped him to recover his repressed memories of the murders, and he described how the therapists had supported him in this painful process: ‘My anxiety, guilt and sorrow over what I have done are so boundless, so heavy, that in real terms they cannot be borne. I am responsible for what I have done and also for what I do henceforth. The misdeeds I am guilty of cannot be remedied in any sense, but today I can at least say what they are. ’ Quick explained that he had not escaped in order to commit new crimes, but rather to kill himself: ‘After I had parted from my companion, I sat for thirteen hours with a sawn-off shotgun pointing at my forehead.