Cleared serial killer says he hopes to be released from psych ward

Oct. 21, 2013 at 4:06 PM
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STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Oct. 21 (UPI) -- A Swedish man who was found guilty but later acquitted of eight killings says he's hopeful that he'll be released from psychiatric care.

Sture Bergwall, also known as Thomas Quick, was in court Monday seeking an end to his psychiatric care, a move opposed by the clinic's chief physician, the Swedish news agency Tidningarnas Telegrambyra reported.

"It feels tense but I'm hopeful. I hope the court makes a wise and well thought out decision," Bergwall said before the hearing.

Bergwall has been held at the high-security Sater psychiatric hospital for the last 20 years after he was convicted for a robbing a bank. While at the hospital, he confessed to dozens of killings dating back to 1964.

Bergwall was found guilty on eight of the killings but he later retracted his confessions, saying they were made while he was heavily medicated. He was later acquitted on all charges.

The court is to decide whether to release Bergwall from psychiatric care.

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