On Sat., Feb. 2, 2013, journalist Jenny Kuttim shared why Sweden's worst serial killer should get out of prison despite admitting to 30 kills during his lifetime the BBC reported.
Kuttim's interview, based upon a documentary's findings, reveals that Sweden's acknowledged serial killer Sture Bergwall, aka Thomas Quick, confessed to 30 killings just because he wanted drugs.
Bergwall admitted he had a drug habit when he got put away in 1990 for a bank-robbery conviction, and that it was his need for legal drug medication that drove him to mislead his psychiatrist in a hospital for the criminally insane.
The bank robber fabricated stories about recovered memories during his psychiatric sessions, which included details about murders that were unsolved. And, like he expected, he was given drug treatment as a result of his perceived "mental illness."
Investigators were given the confession details and eventually pushed until the incarcerated bank-robbery criminal was also charged and convicted of at least eight of the murders he confessed to, despite not having any evidence, allegedly, to tie him to the crimes.
The justice system in Sweden has since overturned convictions in five of the eight cases, with the Wall Street Journal reporting on Friday that an appeals court is going to grant a retrial in the other three cases.
Sture Bergwall admitted to killing 30 people because he says he wanted drugs. He admits to tricking his psychiatrist to feed his drug addiction, and at the expense of hurting families thinking they were learning who had murdered their loved ones.
Now Bergwall wants everyone to believe that he is not mentally ill, and that he didn't kill anyone, so he can go free eventually. And when asked what he thought about the recent agreement by a court to three retrials this is what the convicted Swedish serial killer had to say:
I feel something new starting."
Serial killers are notorious for sometimes having charismatic personalities, able to manipulate and mislead people who never become the wiser. And some serial killers, like Edmund Emil Kemper III, might never get caught if they didn't admit their own crimes to police first.
Police didn't believe Kemper's confession when he first made it, but they eventually did when he called back and talked to one who knew him personally. And now Sture Bergwall is asking police to disbelief his earlier confession. And his blog may hold the real reason why, because he now says that he is ready for "the road to freedom" according to the WSJ.com.
The San Francisco Chronicle reported that the road to freedom is obviously paved by a serial killer who says he is a liar, and now it is up to the justice system to determine if he also lied about molesting three young boys in the late '60s, and if he is lying now when he blames being gay for his drug problems and "everything that came after."
National Criminal Profiles Examiner Radell Smith has a degree in behavioral forensics and success in profiling unsolved homicide cases for the law enforcement community. Follow her on Facebook or by clicking on the subscribe link shown beneath her photo below.