Category: Serial Killing
Location: Norway & Sweden
Date: 1964 - 1990
Crime: Convicted of armed robbery and sentenced to prison, while in custody, confessed to the rape and murder of 30 men.
Biography: Thomas Quick was born, Sture Ragnar Bergwall, on April 26, 1950 in Falun, Sweden. His case is one that has baffled Swedish authorities for years because of the controversy surrounding Quick's confessions and the complete lack of forensic evidence linking him to the crimes. At least two of his confessions led to the closing of murder cases that had been unsolved for 18 years. According to Quick, his first murder occurred in 1964, where he overpowered and killed a 14 year old boy. Later that year, he claims to have killed again near a town called, Urshult. This confession has been called into question because of the distance between Quick's hometown and Urshult. According to Quick's family, he was never outside of Falun during the time of this murder. While in prison, Quick was tried and convicted of 8 murders, however most of the convictions came about only because of his confessions and ability to describe some of the details of the killings that were never released to the public. The bulk of the killings that Quick confessed to and was convicted for, happened between 1976 and 1988. However, many authorities have debunked his confessions, citing the lack of evidence and the fact that in Sweden, those on trial are given access to all of the information in the police investigation. This, they claim would give Quick information that he can use during his confessions. On April 20, 2009 Thomas Quick recanted his confessions and has requested a new trial. His attorney's maintain that Quick is mentally ill and not fit to have confessed to the murders.