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THE LAKE BODOM MURDERS

  • Espoo, Finland
  • June 5, 1960
  • VICTIMS: 3
  • Maili Irmeli Björklund (15)
  • Anja Tuulikki Mäki (15)
  • Seppo Antero Boisman (18)
  • SURVIVORS: 1
  • Nils Wilhelm Gustafsson (18)
  • SUSPECTS: 5
  • Nils Wilhelm Gustafsson
  • Pauli Luoma
  • Pentti Soininen
  • Valdemar Gyllström
  • Hans Assmann

UNSOLVED MURDERS

On June 5, 1960, a group of teenagers were camping on the shores of Lake Bodom near Espoo, Finland. Between 4 and 6AM each member of the group was attacked with a knife and a blunt instrument. Maili Irmeli Björklund, Anja Tuulikki Mäki, and Seppo Antero Boisman were killed. Nils Gustafsson sustained serious injuries but survived. The lead suspect was Valdemar Gyllstrom, a Kiosk Keeper in the area. Though he had an alibi the night of the murders, he allegedly confessed to committing the crime several years later while intoxicated. Shortly after the confession he drowned in the lake.
In 2004, Finnish authorities re-examined case evidence using modern technologies and suspicions against Gustafsson were raised. 44 years after the slayings, Gustafsson was arrested for the murders of his friends but after a year of court proceedings, he was acquitted. The Lake Bodom Murders remain unsolved.

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