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European Journal

Sweden: The Case of Quick

It is the most infamous case in Sweden’s police history: over many years, a man who went by the name of Thomas Quick convinced the authorities that he was responsible for a string of serial killings. Then a Swedish journalist uncovered that Quick could not have been the murderer.

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Quick was a convicted bank robber consigned to a psychiatric hospital for the criminally insane when he confessed to 33 murders. Now it appears that Quick made up the confessions after researching unsolved murders in the library while on day release. Quick was eventually convicted for eight murders—killings which it now appears he did not commit.