Swedish 'serial killer' cleared of all charges due to lack of proof
STOCKHOLM (AFP) - A Swedish man long considered Scandinavia's worst serial killer has been cleared of eight murders he once confessed to, after prosecutors Wednesday dropped their final charge against him.
The prosecution said it lacked proof that Sture Bergwall, 63, killed a 15-year-old boy who died on a cold winter night in northern Sweden in in 1976.
The convictions against Bergwall - for many years known as Thomas Quick - have been dubbed Sweden's grossest miscarriage of justice in recent times because of the ease with which he was found guilty of the eight murders, which occurred between 1976 and 1988.
"Today is a day of joy and a day of reflection," Bergwall wrote on his blog, demanding that a commission be set up to identify those responsible for "things going so wrong."