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(Guardian)   A Swedish guy became a celebrity by confessing to lots of murders. Falsely. That he looked up in a library. Hilarious incompetence ensues   (guardian.co.uk) divider line 46
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2012-10-23 02:19:57 PM  
that sentence melted my brain.


BORK!
 
2012-10-23 02:20:34 PM  
images2.wikia.nocookie.net
 
2012-10-23 02:21:27 PM  
upload.wikimedia.org
 
2012-10-23 02:24:31 PM  
Serial Troller
 
2012-10-23 02:27:28 PM  
such a kidder!
 
2012-10-23 02:28:19 PM  
This headline hurts
 
2012-10-23 02:30:33 PM  
Dude might be a nut-job. Should he be released? Nooo, I don't think so.
 
2012-10-23 02:31:21 PM  
All this talk of serial killers has made me want to kill bowl of Crunch Berries.
 
2012-10-23 02:31:48 PM  
Shoulda pulled that on a regular US cop, would have been dropped down an elevator shaft.
 
2012-10-23 02:31:55 PM  
The fact that voluntary false confession is relatively common shows how people's drive for attention can often trump other self interests. The good news is that same need for attention supplies us with a steady stream of "girls gone wild".
 
2012-10-23 02:33:37 PM  
He was just protecting the gipsies.
 
2012-10-23 02:36:19 PM  
UberZelig. Impressive.
 
2012-10-23 02:37:35 PM  

UNAUTHORIZED FINGER: Dude might be a nut-job. Should he be released? Nooo, I don't think so.


If they keep him in prison then they can't reopen any of the murders.

Lots of murders will be free.
 
2012-10-23 02:39:16 PM  
I once shot a man in, erm, er...Reno. That's it! It was in Reno!

I did it just to watch him die. I served time in Folsom prison for that one.
 
2012-10-23 02:39:18 PM  
Swedish are nice, just don't get in the kitchen when they're cooking. You may lose a limb or two.
 
2012-10-23 02:39:29 PM  
i.chzbgr.com
 
2012-10-23 02:39:44 PM  
I'm sorry farkers but this reminds me of a Monkees episode where Peter Tork proclaimed to the police that he sunk the Lusitania, was behind the Brinks robbery of '57, and The Great Train Robbery after he was arrested by incompetent law officers who thought he was a gangster.
 
2012-10-23 02:49:24 PM  

jabelar: The fact that voluntary false confession is relatively common shows how people's drive for attention can often trump other self interests. The good news is that same need for attention supplies us with a steady stream of "girls gone wild".


^^^ that.

And it's wildly popular with the police everywhere, since it helps the clear-up statistics on hard unsolved cases.
 
2012-10-23 02:51:29 PM  
TL;DR. And thus was he committed for submitting a false police report?
 
2012-10-23 02:55:29 PM  

mcreadyblue: UNAUTHORIZED FINGER: Dude might be a nut-job. Should he be released? Nooo, I don't think so.

If they keep him in prison then they can't reopen any of the murders.

Lots of murders will be free.


Of course, you're right. If he's innocent at all, he needs to be remanded to a "Home for the Detention and Rehabilitation of Filberts". And EVERY case his name is mentioned in, needs to be reopened. This guy's best option, though is to continue to have the crusts of his peanut butter and jelly sandwiches cut off for his and other's safety.
 
2012-10-23 03:05:36 PM  
Why would someone confess to murders they didn't commit?

*reads TFA*

Ah, drugs and attention-whore.
 
2012-10-23 03:07:59 PM  

mcreadyblue: UNAUTHORIZED FINGER: Dude might be a nut-job. Should he be released? Nooo, I don't think so.

If they keep him in prison then they can't reopen any of the murders.

Lots of murders will be free.


Well, I, for one, do not want to PAY for them. That seems silly.
 
2012-10-23 03:20:43 PM  
I like the way he was convicted of many of these murders even though besides his confession there was 0 physical evidence tying him to the murders (in one case DNA evidence ruled him out), and in some of the murders there was iron clad proof that he was nowhere near the area were they happened.
 
2012-10-23 03:22:09 PM  

mcreadyblue: UNAUTHORIZED FINGER: Dude might be a nut-job. Should he be released? Nooo, I don't think so.

If they keep him in prison then they can't reopen any of the murders.

Lots of murders will be free.


Except he's not in prison, but a mental hospital, where he was committed after a bank robbery in 1990. Presumably Sweden also has the "not guilty by reason of insanity" verdict.
 
2012-10-23 03:31:46 PM  

DeathCipris: Why would someone confess to murders they didn't commit?

*reads TFA*

Ah, drugs and attention-whore.



ecx.images-amazon.com 

Ah dun got me a Ginnis WorlD rekkid for seereal killin. I dun killt JFK too, y'know.
 
2012-10-23 03:40:15 PM  
I shot a man in Chicago while on vacation.

It was part of the full Chicago experience. Had a deep dish pizza (damned casserole), watched the Cubs lose a game, got mugged, had a Chicago style dog, smoked some rocks and shot someone on the sidewalk. It was a good value for a Living Social deal.
 
2012-10-23 03:40:24 PM  
Fascinating article. Of course this could be all part of the plan for Sweden's greatest serial murderer. First confess to all the crimes you've committed but during the confession mix in a lot of bullshiat. Second, bide your time until you find the right crusading journalist and/or film maker. Third, freedom. Fourth, profit.

Nah, he probably just a looney attention whore. Probably...
 
2012-10-23 04:06:47 PM  
So in other words, 30 other people escaped justice and got a "free kill" because of this guy? He should hang just for that.
 
2012-10-23 04:11:34 PM  
False positive and false negatives. The failure to look for one while pursuing the other with zeal is the cause of many of humanity's most eggregious errors.

Another is the failure to look for contrary evidence. Scientists are trained to do this, but even they aren't as good at it as they should be and sometimes a great scientist (or more likely a mediocre one who lucked out once) become cranks and have to be expelled from the Republic of Science for their deviating ways.

In the real world, you should never STOP when you reach a CONCLUSION. Your work has just begun.
 
2012-10-23 04:27:18 PM  

Fano: Shoulda pulled that on a regular US cop, would have been dropped down an elevator shaft.


You're thinking of Rorschach.
 
2012-10-23 04:54:09 PM  

ongbok: I like the way he was convicted of many of these murders even though besides his confession there was 0 physical evidence tying him to the murders (in one case DNA evidence ruled him out), and in some of the murders there was iron clad proof that he was nowhere near the area were they happened.


I haven't seen such a startling display of incompetence since I last read any story about the police.
 
2012-10-23 05:35:58 PM  
Thankfully the writer points out that his sister is a "non-identical twin." I would have wondered.
 
2012-10-23 05:40:27 PM  

UNAUTHORIZED FINGER: mcreadyblue: UNAUTHORIZED FINGER: Dude might be a nut-job. Should he be released? Nooo, I don't think so.

If they keep him in prison then they can't reopen any of the murders.

Lots of murders will be free.

Of course, you're right. If he's innocent at all, he needs to be remanded to a "Home for the Detention and Rehabilitation of Filberts". And EVERY case his name is mentioned in, needs to be reopened. This guy's best option, though is to continue to have the crusts of his peanut butter and jelly sandwiches cut off for his and other's safety.


I'm not too sure what the name of the hospital he is in, but that sounds like a good name as Filbert comes from the Latin 'philpot' meaning insane from drinking from lead tainted pot.
 
2012-10-23 05:57:01 PM  
Good thing he didn't fail to give a woman in Sweden an orgasm like Assange did, or he would have been in real trouble.
 
2012-10-23 06:04:03 PM  
Sargun:

This headline hurts

Which headline? The paper's or the link submitter's?
 
2012-10-23 06:06:13 PM  
GungFu:

I once shot a man in, erm, er...Reno. That's it! It was in Reno!

I did it just to watch him die. I served time in Folsom prison for that one.


Reno is in Nevada. Folsom is a California state prison. Cash should have known better.

Needles. "I shot a man in Needles."
 
2012-10-23 06:09:19 PM  
TexasPeace:

Thankfully the writer points out that his sister is a "non-identical twin." I would have wondered.

One of them could have been a tranny. Imagine that. "I'm Bill, amd this is my identical twin Melanie."
 
2012-10-23 06:24:14 PM  
i.imgur.com
Wat
 
2012-10-23 06:27:23 PM  
DNRTFA, but would his name happen to be Jillet-Bon Coo?
 
2012-10-23 07:48:38 PM  
As I was going up to Sweden,
I met a slayer who'd never caused bleedin'.
That man didn't murder again today,
I wish that murderer wouldn't slay.
 
2012-10-23 07:50:03 PM  

jdhj2: [i.imgur.com image 850x641]
Wat


Captain Stottlemeyer?
 
2012-10-23 07:52:28 PM  

DeathCipris: Why would someone confess to murders they didn't commit?

*reads TFA*

Ah, drugs and attention-whore.


Back in the day between 23 and 27 people across America came forward and confessed to kidnapping the Lindbergh baby. There are all sort of mental illnesses. Where I live there are people who have to run several miles a day while some others distort their physical appearance in gymnasiums. Kookie world.
 
2012-10-23 08:26:08 PM  
www.geekosystem.com

behold the power of reading
 
2012-10-24 02:34:28 AM  
I'm strangely interested in what drives people to be attention whores, even when it is damaging to themselves.

What causes it? Is it part of an existing mental illness?
 
Esn
2012-10-24 02:57:52 AM  
What a bizarre story.

A case of someone who wanted to fit in at ANY cost, and it just happened that he was in a crowd where pretending to be sadistically violent was the right way to fit in.
 
2012-10-24 04:53:47 AM  

Anagrammer: jdhj2: [i.imgur.com image 850x641]
Wat

Captain Stottlemeyer?


Yeah, that blew my mind after watching Monk all the way through, and then watching SOTL when it was on.
 
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