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Thomas Quick: The Making of a Serial Killer

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  609 ratings  ·  57 reviews
'I wonder what you'd think of me if you found out that I've done something really serious . . .'

So begin the confessions of Thomas Quick - Scandinavia's most notorious serial killer.

In 1992, behind the barbed wire fence of a psychiatric hospital for the criminally insane, Thomas Quick confessed to the murder of an eleven-year-old boy who had been missing for twelve years.
Paperback, 459 pages
Published July 4th 2013 by Canongate (first published 2012)
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Description: 'I wonder what you'd think of me if you found out that I've done something really serious . . .' So begin the confessions of Thomas Quick - Scandinavia's most notorious serial killer.

In 1992, behind the barbed wire fence of a psychiatric hospital for the criminally insane, Thomas Quick confessed to the murder of an eleven-year-old boy who had been missing for twelve years. Over the next nine years, Quick confessed to more than thirty unsolved murders, revealing he had maimed, raped
Aug 25, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jag har varit särskilt intresserad av fallet Thomas Quick sedan 2008 då jag såg Hannes Råstams dokumentärer. Tidigare hade jag hört Leif GW Persson avfärda domarna och utredningarna, och eftersom jag har en hög uppfattning om Leif anade jag att det var något lurt med allting. Men ändå. Att det var så här illa kunde jag knappt föreställa mig. Råstams bok är en studie i hur illa saker och ting kan gå om individer och grupper helt frångår vanligt kritiskt tänkande.

Orsakerna till hela skandalen är
May 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: True crime/investigative journalism fans
Why would someone confess to 30 murders that he never committed in the first place?
"If you're saying that the police, along with a psychologist, have rigged Swedish court cases to put an innocent person behind bars, I will answer that this has never happened in the history of our legal system. If someone could prove that, it would be the biggest scoop of the world!"

Hey, Thomas Quick's defence attorney, guess what: you played a part in rigging said cases, too!

Well-researched true crime is a har
Anita Ness
Aug 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
sjokkerende lesing..
Sep 11, 2016 rated it it was ok
Okay so the overarching idea (story thing, I know it's not either of those but more like a plot except for non-ficton, but because I read so much ("") I don't have a vocabulary::) ) was super interesting. However, the book was so repetitive and didn't seem to follow any chronological or clear lines, I hated it.

I don't know whether the book was like this because the author passed away just after the manuscript was finished, so it was edited in a messed up way, or it was just crap. Either way the
Nov 06, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jag känner cirka noll förtroende för det svenska rättsväsendet efter att ha läst denna bok. Oerhört välskriven och väl underbyggd story - jag hoppas verkligen att allt stämmer, för det är så trovärdigt. Skrämmande hur psykologer, advokater, poliser och åklagare kan gå samman i något som närmast kan liknas vid en sekt för att sedan dölja bevis och göra sig av med alla de personer som vågar kritisera utredningen. Dels väljer de att lyssna på en mytomans berättelser om mord utifrån detaljer som han ...more
Sep 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Thomas Quick aka Sture Bergwall is the serial killer that never was. A psychiatric patient who confessed to 30 murders in Sweden and Norway, Quick soon found fame as Sweden's most prolific serial killer. However, there was some doubt as to whether these confessions were true and Rastam set out to find the truth. This is an amazing story of a deeply troubled man in mental health care and how the authorities failed him and the victims of the crimes.
Pekka Mukkala
Jul 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hannes Råstamin teos on hämmästyttävä kuvaus siitä, kuinka mielisairaalassa oleva pikkurikollinen alkaa tunnustaa pimeitä murhia saadakseen arvostusta ja lääkkeitä. Teos antaa lohduttoman kuvan Ruotsin poliisista, syyttäjälaitoksesta ja mielisairaanhoidossa mukana olleista terapeuteista, psykologeista ja psykiatreista. Thomas Quick pystyy valehtelemalla hankkimaan itselleen 8 tuomiota murhista, jotka sitten joudutaan myöhemmin purkamaan. Råstam käy läpi 50000 sivua tutkinta-aineistoa tv-dokument ...more
Ross Ward
I don't really know where to start with this review, I suppose a brief premise. Thomas Quick, real name Sture Bergwall, confessed to upwards of 30 brutal and vicious murders across Sweden over a series of years. Yet upon analysis of the evidence by astoundingly meticulous journalist, Hannes Rastam, the sinister reality of the situation begins to emerge.

In my mind, it's important to make a division in this review namely because I found the book to be of far less interest than the case itself. As
Catherine Davison
Feb 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Real investigative journalism. This book is incredibly detailed and I'll admit there were times when I wanted to flip ahead thinking 'ok yes you've made your point' but there are so many facts and each is important to build the overall case that the Swedish judicial system really stuffed up. Fascinating read.
Jun 19, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Tom Harney
Nov 06, 2017 rated it liked it
Swedish True Crime. Pretty interesting

The miscarriage of justice carried out by the lead detective and lead prosecutor on the quick case is tremendous. I think both stupidity and willful ignorance played large parts in the quick case.
Kristine Lindhøy
En hårreisende sann historie om hvordan et system kan svikte totalt rundt et menneske, og hvordan man kan skape en seriemorder. Anbefales på det sterkeste!
Hazel Richardson
Dec 14, 2017 rated it liked it
An interesting read but it felt very drawn out.
Felicia Strandh
May 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Helt ärligt det sjukaste jag läst.
Monique Snyman
Oct 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
A riveting true life drama that reveals the crimes of Thomas Quick and the biggest injustice in Scandinavian history. This man-made monster could never have existed if not for the bad choices that a mentally ill man made in order to get more drugs from a psychiatrist who didn’t find him interesting enough to help before he started confessing to heinous crimes. Thomas Quick could never have existed if the detective in charge wasn’t preoccupied with the glory of being the person that got “the wors ...more
Jan Kjellin
Vill skriva en recension, men vad finns att skriva? Det är som science fiction i samma ådra som Philip K. Dick, där verklighet och fiktion blandas samman och ingen förmår ställa sig utanför och se vad som verkligen är vad förrän långt efteråt och då står det klart att inget var verklighet, men att det då är försent att göra något åt. Eller?

Betydelsen av Hannes Råstams grävande i "Cirkus Quick" framgick inte helt och fullt i de dokumentärer som sändes 2008, men står klar i skarpaste kontrast i de
In recounting the story of Thomas Quick, Hannes Rastam has produced one of the best true crime stories that I have read for a long time.

Thomas Quick was a Swedish psychiatric patient who, in the course of his therapy, began to recover memories of having murdered people. His therapists worked with police and prosecutors to elicit further memories. In the end, Quick confessed to 30 murders. He was prosecuted and convicted of eight of then, making him Sweden's first and most notorious serial killer
Apr 17, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sweden's most dangerous serial killer who actually has not killed anybody? Thomas Quick's story is so strange, it's hard to keep in mind while reading that it is all real. And it has happened in Sweden, not some corrupted non-educated weird country far away from Northern civilization.

Sadly this book was not as I had expected. It was an very interesting read, yeah, but I wished for some more. After finished the reading I still had a bunch of unanswered questions in my mind. It seems not to be as
I'd be remiss not to start this review by saying that I was completely hooked after just reading the preface. The whole concept absolutely blew my mind. And, without question, it scored major "look up more information after reading" points.

I still can't wrap my head around the fact that this story is true. Forget just true, recent! In fact, Sture Bergwell (aka Thomas Quick) was only acquitted for the last of the 8 murders he was convicted of with his false confessions in July. This. Year.

I would
Jaclyn Day
I read a blurb about this book and knew it might be something I’d be interested in (Swedish crime non-fiction? okay!), but it was disappointing. I’ve actually got about a quarter left to read. I don’t think I’m going to make it. Thomas Quick—imprisoned in a psychiatric hospital—was long considered Sweden’s first and most prolific serial killer after confessing to and being convicted of many heinous, long-unsolved crimes. He was notorious for the brutality of the murders (he claimed to eat his vi ...more
Mar 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Throughout the 90s Sweden got its own serial killer, or so we thought.
Everything started out when a psychiatric patient Sture Bergwall, which later changed his name to Thomas Quick, confessed to 30 murders in Sweden and Norway. The judicial process of his confessions is one of Sweden’s biggest. He was convicted for six of those murders. Although Thomas Quick did confess to all these murders there were many who doubted Quick was a murderer.
Hannes Råstam as a journalist started to investigate th
Mar 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Råstam har gjort ett imponerande research-arbete. Om det han beskriver i denna bok ens till hälften är sant, har han kartlagt vad som måste vara en av de största rättsskandalerna i Sveriges historia. Kvalitén i argumentationen, och de bevis han lägger fram, är förkrossande. Det är svårt att tvivla på att Råstams historia är sanningen, och meningsmotståndarnas dikten.

Obehaglig läsning, inte så mycket beroende på de brott som beskrivs, vilka förvisso är makabra, utan snarare beroende på beskrivni
Maggie Hesseling
Jul 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Perhaps one of the craziest and scariest cases to come out of Sweden. Power Hungry men, a delusional and adapt liar... this book has it all. Rastam brings all the evidence to light in a harrowing case, one that could have been a lot less scary than it truly was. Not because of Thomas Quick, but because of all the people around him- the prosecutor, the media, etc. Though a little repetitive at times, this is a well documented and researched. Rastam was a journalist of extraordinary ability. His w ...more
Satt i soffan och blev allt mer obekväm och mörkrädd. Jag vet inte vad som är mest skrämmande, rättsrötan, Thomas Quick eller Råstams besatthet.

En berättelse om när en människa manipulerar och manipuleras och hur ingen i rättsväsendet, vården eller journalistiken säger stopp.
Råstam benar upp lögnerna bit för bit och om man litar på hans ord är han en av dem som kan ärendena bäst.

Skildringen är ryslig, och oerhört metodisk nästan utmattande, men så måste det vara för att man skall förstå poänge
Sonal Champsee
Jan 24, 2016 rated it liked it
Fascinating story told in detailed, journalistic prose. I think, however, this book reads as it if were intended to read by a skeptical audience, as after a while it seemed like the same point was being made over and over again. Having no previous familiarity with the Thomas Quick case, I was inclined to believe the author without having every potential argument carefully deconstructed, so it was tough sledding. Still, glad I persevered through the end as the final evaluation of the bone fragmen ...more
Jan 15, 2016 rated it liked it
A good read about a sorry criminal investigation bubbling up from the depths of the swamp that was 1990s credulity. It was probably just an oversight that they left out Satanic ritual abuse and alien abduction. What a riot this was to read. My only quibble with the book is the way it leaps back and forth in time instead of following the timeline laid out at the back of the book. Oh, and the foreword! Thanks for giving away the whole story on the first page! But it's still a great tale of a natio ...more
Hur kunde denna intellektuell härdsmälta ske? Det mest tragiska är naturligtvis det hemska faktum för att brottsoffer inte fått någon rättvisa eftersom de skyldiga fått gå fria i alla år. Circus Quick har också kostat enormt mycket för samhället (hundratals miljoner skulle jag estimera).
Förklaringen att detta kunde pågå så länge måste vara systemfel; blandning av prestige, vänskapskorruption, karriärism, kompetensbrist, egennytta från de inblandades sida mm. Jag hoppas att man reder ut dessa fö
Jun 30, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lättläst och detaljrik! Skrämmande beskrivning av hur polisiärt arbete kan gå till. Jag trodde mig ha bra koll på, fallet Thomas Quick, men det som här framkommer är spännande, upprörande, fascinerande, läskigt, makabert, förfärligt och alldeles särdeles dyrt (visade det sig när hela processen var över). Leif GW har estimerat den totala kostnaden för alla polisiära insatser och för all vård av TQ/SB att överstiga 200 miljoner kronor!
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