Quick blogs ‘day of joy’ as murder charge lifted

Sture Bergwall, better known as self-confessed serial killer Thomas Quick, took to his blog on Wednesday from the inside of his psychiatric detention to comment on being cleared of an eighth and final murder charge.

“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.”

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Swedish opposition proposes ‘rapid tests for ADHD’ to cut gang crime

The Moderate Party in Stockholm has called for children in so called "vulnerable areas" to be given rapid tests for ADHD to increase treatment and cut gang crime.

Swedish opposition proposes 'rapid tests for ADHD' to cut gang crime

In a press release, the party proposed that treating more children in troubled city areas would help prevent gang crime, given that “people with ADHD diagnoses are “significantly over-represented in the country’s jails”. 

The idea is that children in so-called “vulnerable areas”, which in Sweden normally have a high majority of first and second-generation generation immigrants, will be given “simpler, voluntary tests”, which would screen for ADHD, with those suspected of having the neuropsychiatric disorder then put forward for proper evaluations to be given by a child psychiatrist. 

“The quicker you can put in place measures, the better the outcomes,” says Irene Svenonius, the party’s leader in the municipality, of ADHD treatment, claiming that children in Sweden with an immigrant background were less likely to be medicated for ADHD than other children in Sweden. 

In the press release, the party said that there were “significant differences in the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD within Stockholm country”, with Swedish-born children receiving diagnosis and treatment to a higher extent, and with ADHD “with the greatest probability” underdiagnosed in vulnerable areas. 

At a press conference, the party’s justice spokesman Johan Forsell, said that identifying children with ADHD in this areas would help fight gang crime. 

“We need to find these children, and that is going to help prevent crime,” he said. 

Sweden’s climate minister Annika Strandhäll accused the Moderates of wanting to “medicate away criminality”. 

Lotta Häyrynen, editor of the trade union-backed comment site Nya Mitten, pointed out that the Moderates’s claim to want to help children with neuropsychiatric diagnoses in vulnerable areas would be more credible if they had not closed down seven child and youth psychiatry units. 

The Moderate Party MP and debater Hanif Bali complained about the opposition from left-wing commentators and politicians.

“My spontaneous guess would have been that the Left would have thought it was enormously unjust that three times so many immigrant children are not getting a diagnosis or treatment compared to pure-Swedish children,” he said. “Their hate for the Right is stronger than their care for the children. 

Swedish vocab: brottsförebyggande – preventative of crime