Media playback is unsupported on your device

Swedish 'serial killer' acquitted of murders

10 August 2013 Last updated at 14:38 BST

Sture Bergwall, a self-confessed serial killer convicted of eight murders between 1994 and 2001, has been acquitted following a re-trial in Sweden.

Mr Bergwall, who had given himself the name Thomas Quick, had been held in a high-security psychiatric unit in Sweden when he confessed to the murders, including those of three children, while undergoing therapy.

Over the course of multiple trials, he told the jury brutal stories of stabbings, rape, dismemberment and cannibalism.

However, there was never any forensic evidence linking him to the murders, and in 2008 Bergwall withdrew his confessions, which led to a review of the crimes.

In July a Swedish judge acquitted Bergwall of the eighth and final standing conviction, which paved the way for his release.

The BBC World Service's Julian Marshall spoke to Sture Bergwall through a translator, following his release.

Most watched

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.