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Nils Gustafsson

Nils Gustafsson wearing black coat, blue long sleeves and eyeglasses in one of his interviews

Full Name
Nils Wilhelm Gustafsson

May 10, 1942 (age 82) (

Hans Assmann , Lake Bodom murders , National Bureau of Investigation (Finland)

Nils gustafsson nelosen uutiset 2005

Nils Wilhelm Gustafsson (born 10 May 1942) is the sole survivor of the Lake Bodom murders in Finland in 1960.


Young Nils Gustafsson sitting on a bed wearing polo and black pants

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Young Nils Gustafsson wearing polo and sweatshirt

Gustafsson was a bus driver and lived a normal life until 2004, almost 44 years after the event, when he was arrested by the police on the suspicion that he was the murderer. In early 2005, the Finnish National Bureau of Investigation declared the case reopened, based on some new analysis of bloodstains found at the scene. These analyses required DNA testing, a technique not available at the time of the murders. According to police theory, Gustafsson had an alleged outburst of jealousy involving one of the victims, Irmeli Björklund, his girlfriend. Irmeli was stabbed fifteen times that night, while the two other teenagers were killed less savagely. Gustafsson's own injuries were also severe.

Nils Gustafsson as he get out the car wearing black coat, checkered long sleeves and black pants

The trial started on 4 August 2005. The prosecution called for a life sentence against Gustafsson on three counts of murder. They claimed that the re-examination of the old evidence using modern techniques pointed directly to him. The defense argued that the killings were the work of one or more outsiders and that Gustafsson suffered injuries similar to those sustained by the other victims, and therefore would have been incapable of killing three people. Gustafsson had allegedly admitted to a police officer, following his arrest, that he had committed the murders, saying: "What's done is done, I'll get 15 years." However, the court dismissed this and charges of false perjury were raised. On 7 October 2005, Gustafsson was acquitted of all charges. He was awarded €44,900 (58,229.31 USD) in damages for his time in prison and the mental anguish he suffered in being accused.

Nils Gustafsson wearing black coat, blue long sleeves and eyeglasses in one of his interviews


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