Stockholm ice corpse was a man

Genetic testing has revealed a man, not a woman, was the murder victim whose body parts were discovered in central Stockholm’s frozen waters.

Stockholm police have been asking for help for more than a week in identifying the person, but are now more confident than ever. “I expect we’ll get more tips now…it’s probably a matter of time before we have an identification,” says police spokesperson Inga-Lill Fransson.

The victim’s long hair and “feminine characteristics” led police to believe it was a woman. The body’s torso is still missing, so the description was based on facial appearances. A genetic test completed today (Thursday) found that the victim is in fact a man.

“It’s unfortunate that we were wrong, but it didn’t seem possible that we were looking at anything other than a woman,” said Stockholm police spokesman Kjell Lindgren.

Fransson says the description of the victim is the same:

“The victim is between 50 and 60 years old, about 165-170 cm tall, shoulder-length dark blond hair with gray streaks, and blue eyes.”

Police plan to search the country’s register of missing persons to see if there is a match.

Sources: Svenska Dagbladet, Aftonbladet, Dagens Nyheter


Attacker ‘severely disturbed’ during stabbing at Swedish political festival

Theodor Engström, the 33-year-old man who stabbed psychiatrist Ing-Marie Wieselgren to death at the Almedalen political festival in July, was seriously psychiatrically disturbed at the time of his attack, forensic psychiatrists have ruled.

Attacker 'severely disturbed' during stabbing at Swedish political festival

According to the Hela Gotland newspaper the Swedish National Board of Forensic Medicine has ruled that the man was so disturbed at the time of his attack he had lost the ability to understand the consequences of his actions, and has as a result recommended that he be given psychiatric treatment rather than a prison term.

The agency said that Engström had still been disturbed at the time he was given psychiatric assessment, and warned that there was a risk that Engström would commit further criminal acts. 

“This is a question which has relevance at a future stage,” said prosecutor Henrik Olin. “It means he cannot be sentenced to jail, but will instead receive psychiatric care. But it is not going to change how the investigation is carried out.” 

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Engström stabbed Wieselgren, who worked as psychiatric coordinator for the Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions, as she was on the way to take part on a discussion at the Almedalen political festival. She died in hospital later that day. 

Engström has admitted to carrying out the attack, telling police that he intended to make a protest against the state of psychiatric healthcare in Sweden.