Tore Hedin

Tore Hedin

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Tore Hedin (7 January 1927 - 22 August 1952) was a Swedish mass murderer, spree killer and police officer, infamous for being the worst known in Swedish history . The case remain infamous as well since Hedin, as a police officer, was for an extended period assigned to investigate his own murders.

First crimes

Hedin was born in Stora Harrie, near Kävlinge. He committed his first crime in September, 1943 when he broke into a local brewery near his parental home to steal some oats. To avoid detection, he then burned down the brewery to hide his crime; this was a method he used later to cover his tracks when he committed far more serious crimes.

On 28 November 1951 he robbed and murdered his friend John Allan Nilsson after a poker game at Nilsson’s home in Tjörnarp. To cover his tracks he burned down the crime scene. Being the local police representative, he took part in the investigation and even answered questions from the national media concerning the case.

Killing spree

Almost a year later, in the night of August 21, 1952, he went on a killing spree after being dumped by his girlfriend, Ulla Östberg. His first stop was his parents house in Saxtorp, where he killed them both and set the house on fire sometime before midnight.

Thirty minutes later he arrived at the retirement home in Hurva, where his ex girlfriend worked and lived. He climbed a fire escape and entered the room where Östberg usually slept. This night however, she was not sleeping there, but in the...
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