“Today is a day of joy and reflection,” he wrote, stating that his first murder conviction in Piteå district court on November 16th, 1994 had put in motion a sequence of events that would see him locked up indefinitely.
“It was the first in the bizarre row of incorrect verdicts,” he wrote. “What significance did that first verdict have for the verdicts that followed? What is the significance of how forensic psychiatry (rättspsykiatri) and police/prosecutors cooperate?”
Bergwall went on to argue for an independent review board to be appointed in order to determine who was to blame for carousel of confessions and crime scene reenactments that ended up with him withdrawing all his claims to culpability in 2008.
He also welcomed Wednesday’s decision to clear him off the final murder charge.
“It is with deep satisfaction that I have learned of today’s decision. I share that satisfaction with my family,” he wrote, adding that he owed his cleared name to the journalist Hannes Råstam, who dug deep into inconsistencies concerning the series of killings.
“Today, I thank first and foremost Hannes Råstam. It is painful and sad that he did not get to experience this day,” he said of the journalist who passed away from cancer during the final stages of his book about the Quick case.
“I have said it before and it can only be repeated: I unreservedly apologize to everyone who was hurt in the Thomas Quick years.”