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Swedish 'serial killer' released after convictions overturned

Published on Mar 19, 2014 8:04 PM
 
 A picture taken on May 16, 2001 shows Sweden's convicted serial killer Thomas Quick (second left) (aka Sture Bergwall) arriving at the court of appeal in Stockholm. A Swedish man long considered Scandinavia's most notorious serial killer was released on Wednesday, March 19, 2014 from more than 20 years of psychiatric detention, eight months after being cleared of all charges. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

STOCKHOLM (AFP) - A Swedish man long considered Scandinavia's most notorious serial killer was released on Wednesday from more than 20 years of psychiatric detention, eight months after being cleared of all charges.

"The court rules that the forensic psychiatric care of Sture Bergwall shall continue and change from closed to open care," the administrative court in Falun said in a statement.

Sture Bergwall, 64 - previously known as Thomas Quick - confessed to dozens of murders in the early 1990s and was convicted to life imprisonment for eight of them and held at a psychiatric ward in Saeter in northern Sweden since 1991.

He was later cleared of all the murders due to lack of evidence, amid revelations that he had been heavily medicated at the time of the confessions.

 
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