Police clueless after pensioner double murder

Police hunting the killer of a 70 year old man and his 68 year old partner who were found dead on Thursday afternoon at the man's farm on the island of Härnö, near Härnösand, say they have no suspects.

“We have nothing to go on right now,” said police spokesman Christer Johansson.

Police have begun a forensic search in the area but no murder weapon has been found yet.

For several days the man’s daughter had been ringing the farm without a reply. When she went there at around 2pm on Thursday she found the woman dead in a barn on the property.

When police arrived at the scene later they found the man’s body, which had been hidden in the same building.

According to Expressen both victims had been killed with a blunt instrument and that the attack had been “frenzied”.

“The woman was dragged across the farmyard into the barn but we don’t know if she was alive at that point,” said Johansson.

Police are yet to identify a motive for the murders. However, they said they have not ruled out robbery after the man’s daughter indicated that someone had been in the house.

“Today we’re stepping up the work,” Johansson told Dagens Nyheter. “We’ll have 25 officers involved plus administrative personnel.”

Expressen noted that this is the sixth ‘double murder’ in Sweden in just over a year.

Sources: Dagens Nyheter, Svenska Dagbladet, Expressen


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.