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the man from säter


an adaption of the “öppet fall”-podcast

thomas quick was a man with serious issues. during his teenage years he went through psychiatric treatment and later on he would develop several substance addictions. he had commited robberies, attempted manslaughter and had pedophilic tendencies. he was very problematic, to say the least.

during on of his psychiatric counseling sessions after he had been declared healthy he started to confess to around 30 different murders, in all nordic countries. he decided to confess to the police, which gladly took him in for questioning.

there was not a single evidence that could place him at the places of the murders, and all they had to go on was pieces of information that were not known by the public. here is where the scandal really came to

thomas quick proceeded to inaccurately describe many murders taking place. every once in a while one of these details would be correct, and that would give the police enough to convict him.

leading questions were not uncommon, and sture would also get meds as compensation for his work. he would be found guilty in 17 murders that he did not commit.

there’s a lot of different warning flags surrounding the murders that someone in the court should’ve realized were unreasonable. first of all there was no evidence that could put him at those spots. he would say that people would drive him to those spots (as he owned no car of his own) but nobody would confess to those crimes, and most of them had alibis as well during the supposed day of the murders. there was one man who was interviewed alongside thomas quick by the police, whom thomas quick had said had been involved in one of the murder. the man got extremely angry at one of the remarks by thomas quick that they had been supposedly flirting with each other (but funnily enough didn’t react the same way at any other time in the interview)

the leading criminal investigator who would take thomas quick in and out of court (testifying against him) and interview rooms (asking leading questions and making him correct any false details) was a man called seppo penttinen. thomas quick was lucky that good enough protocols were kept for almost everything surrounding this incident, what was weird is how nobody questioned the method used at all.

it would take almost until a couple of years later that thomas quick came forward with the truth. he was innocent. every single conviction was tested in court once again, and he was found innocent on every single one.

so who was at fault? why didn’t his defense attorney realize the faults that were made during the prosecution? why didn’t the prosecutor realize this as well? the judge? the police??? insanity.

seppo does to this day still proclaim that thomas is a serial killer, and he has a couple of friends backing him up. one of these fellows is Göran Lambertz. Göran Lambertz was a Chancellor of Justice (no idea what that is) and he also believed “beyond any doubt” that thomas was the murderer. when an official investigation was made to see if the procedure of justice failed during these convictions, he was a part of it. they came to the conclusion that nothing wrong had happened.

Göran Lambertz is well-hated by people like Leif G.W. Persson, who called him a mad man and wondered how a democracy can have someone like him sitting in the supreme court. he would also directly debate him on TV when Göran said that “even if you are not convicted in court does not mean that you aren’t innocent”. Leif G.W. answered with saying that if göran wanted to dig his own grave, then he wouldn’t interject. Leif G.W. was a strong opponent against the notion that Thomas Quick was guilty, and he wasn’t the only one. One of Göran Lambertz’s friends, Jan Guillou (famous old communist author, very controversial. some people believe he was a spy working for the KGB. he was even under investigation by the super-secret swedish police that only answered to the prime minister Olof Palme at the time(also a very controversial scandal)) debated him on TV as well, trying to sway him over (as a friend). Leif G.W. was also a friend of author Jan Guillou, but would later become a fierce rival with him, because that is was Leif G.W. the Supreme Boomer of Sweden does.

there was one piece of evidence that göran lambertz was clinging on to discredit thomas quick’s innocence, the cadaver dog Zampo. using cadaver dogs in court as evidence was already pretty controversial, to say the least. they aren’t the most accurate indicator. in this case the evidence was that thomas quick apparently had pointed out a particular rock that he said he had used to slaughter and piecemeal one of his victims. the police investigator Seppo would’ve told Göran that Thomas would’ve pointed out this spot without knowing that the cadaver dog Zampo would’ve indicated the rock as well as a point of interest. this was apparently BULLET-PROOF evidence.

radio would ask göran lambertz about this again, and put him on the spot. was it really true? göan lambertz declared that it couldn’t be any other way, and if in the case of Seppo having lied to him, Seppo was an idiot. it later turned out that Seppo would’ve lied. according to the recorded protocols there was no proof that Thomas Quick hadn’t been noted about it first (through the very usual leading questions asked to him…)

but of course, göran lambertz still believe this bullshit to this day. and there are still debates going on about it. i watched one almost hour-long debate between journalists and even thomas quick’s defense attorney (who also believe that he wasn’t innocent). it was a bloodbath, and heated.

this is the story of a mad man who in court had nobody protecting him. a procedure that had totally failed.

if you’re swedish and want to know more about this incident, i recommend the podcast “Öppet Fall” on spotify or any other podcast-site. it is produced by the Juridicum of Lund University. i higly praise it and all the other episodes they have produced.