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Serial killer investigation 'a scandal'

TT/The Local · 19 Mar 2010, 12:34

Published: 19 Mar 2010 12:34 GMT+01:00

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The conviction of Quick for the murder of the Norwegian girl by a Swedish court in 1998 was based on an ocular inspection of bone particles recovered from the crime scene.

"Technology has developed over the 12 years and now shows that it is not bone," senior physician Björn Ericson told news agency TT.

In the trial at Hedemora district court in 1998, two respected professors gave testimony in which they claimed that the burned particles found at a location identified by Quick were "most probably from a human, probably from a younger person."

No DNA analysis was possible at the time as the samples had been destroyed by fire.

The conclusion that the bones were human was based on an ocular inspection, that is to say the professors analysed the material by only looking at it.

The National Laboratory of Forensic Science (Statens kriminaltekniska laboratorium – SKL) has now completed a further analysis of the remains and concluded that they are not human.

"This was one factor, among many, which secured the conviction of Quick for the murder. I would like to add that it was not without significance," Björn Ericson said.

Therese Johannessen's mother has slammed the Swedish police investigation as "a scandal" and argues that the police have been arrogant and not opened up the possibility that there could be further suspects other than Thomas Quick.

"This is a victory for me. It is now proved that these (the claimed bone samples) did not come from Therese. I have fought for this for a long time," she told the Norwegian newspaper VG.

She will now petition for the investigation to be re-opened and that the previous police work be placed under review.

"The most likely is that it was another man who killed Therese," she claimed.

Thomas Quick's lawyer Tomas Olsson has confirmed that they are close to completing an application for a retrial in the case of Therese Johannessen.

"It will be submitted to the Svea Court of Appeal by the end of March," Olsson has confirmed.

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Thomas Quick has been convicted in six different trials for the murders of eight people. During police questioning, he has confessed to committing more than 20 murders, which he claims he committed in Sweden, Norway, and Finland.

But in several programmes broadcast last year by Sveriges Television (SVT) journalist Hannes Råstam, Quick has taken back all of his previous confessions.

The Local reported in December that Quick had been granted a retrial in the case of the murder of 24-year-old Yenon Levi, an Israeli tourist who was found dead near the side of a deserted forest road in Dalarna in 1988.

Quick, who has since changed his name to Sture Bergwall, has since indicated that he will petition for retrials for each of the eight murders for which he’s been convicted.

TT/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

15:06 March 19, 2010 by bezjaj
Wan der Kwast should be send to prison and that idiot Q should be his assigned jailer. The German saying: " Der dummen Szweden" stands all so clear.
15:38 March 19, 2010 by sissygirl
Perhaps the real culprit can be found and the mother can have peace
16:32 March 19, 2010 by Puffin

I know the media are making this out to be a huge miscarriage of justice - but do you really want Quick released? OK the prosecutor may have been ambitious about some of the cases which were based purely on his confession.

However there is a long history of crimes and mental illness dating back to 1969:

- 4 cases of paedofilia for sexually abusing children when he worked as a nursing assistant at the children's ward in Falun hospital - including attempted strangulation

- a case of attempted murder where the victim - more by luck - survived

- a case of serious armed robbery where he tortured a bank manager and his family

I guess he can come an live next to you since you feel so sorry for him!
16:33 March 19, 2010 by DamnImmigrant
In the US, the Supreme court ruled that forensic science had to be based on provable fact and not "artistic interpretation" by forensic EXPERTS.

I was actually shocked by what passed for expert testimony. The number of people who have been convicted and even put to death based on evidence provided by experts that was later found to have no scientific validity.

The CSI shows are mostly fantasy. We try to do our best and we move forward but we are still quite primitive.
17:30 March 19, 2010 by Puffin
There have been a lot of technical advances since the 1960s and 1970s when most of these murders and siappearances occured.

I was watching a US programme about a couple of guys who had sat in death row for 12 and 21 years respectively only to be completely cleared by DNA - the convictions occure because of flawed ID parades
19:26 March 19, 2010 by munched
Wan der Kwast lied in court and bullied investigaters to secure a false conviction to further his own carreer. I have zero faith in the swedish legal system and much of that, thanks to him and crown attourneys like him. He should be jailed and heavily fined for damages to the state, Bergwall and relatives of the victims. If I had my way, he'd have to serve at least 10 years behind bars in the company of others he'd put there with who knows how dubious and devious evidence. Someone should look into all his cases that resulted in prison time for the accused.
20:00 March 19, 2010 by bezjaj

You are right , they should of course share the same cell.
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