Joan Smith

Dangerous Minds

The Strange Case of Thomas Quick: The Swedish Serial Killer and the Psychoanalyst Who Created Him

By Dan Josefsson (Translated by Anna Paterson)

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Thomas Quick was, for a time, Sweden’s most notorious serial killer. He was convicted of eight murders but confessed to many more, producing a list of almost forty victims. By his own account he murdered children and adults, including a Dutch couple sleeping in a tent in northern Sweden, but was never able to pinpoint the places where he claimed to have concealed the bodies.

Quick was a fraud, in other words, and all his convictions were later overturned. He wasn’t even called Thomas Quick,

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