In July 1965, a young woman was found dead in Stockholm. At first, her death was considered a suicide, but then it was discovered that she had been murdered, and that the killer had also sexually violated his victim. What followed would become the biggest and most complicated murder inquiry Sweden had ever seen. For a long time the police were baffled – initially they were not even sure how the young woman had died – and several people were arrested in connection with the crime, only to be cleared of all suspicions. Eventually a suspect was found and put on trial, on the basis of circumstantial evidence. He was acquitted, but after an appeal the case moved to a higher court, where the verdict was overturned and the accused convicted and sentenced to hospitalization.
TRUE SCANDINAVIAN CRIME will be a gripping account of this strange and complicated case, based on interviews and extensive research in both police and court archives. But it will also be much more, because Englund will tell the story in a different and highly original way. TRUE SCANDINAVIAN CRIME will, in fact, be three books in one: a classic true crime procedural, unfolding from the perspective of the police; a tragic story of a murder foretold, narrated from the victim's point of view; and a chilling journey into the warped mind of the killer, based on extensive personal notes and other documents of his that were discovered during the original investigation.