In the early 1990s, Sweden had its first serial killer. The case led to an unprecedented manhunt. Not for an offender—he was already locked up—but for the victims. There were no bodies.
A year earlier, Thomas Quick, incarcerated in a mental institution, started confessing to one brutal murder after another. The killings Quick confessed to were all well-known unsolved cases.
Over the course of some hectic years, Swedish and Norwegian law enforcement dug around in forests and traveled all across the country in search of hard evidence. At the height of the craze, they even emptied a lake. Yet not a single bone was found.
This striking lack of evidence didn’t prevent the courts from sentencing Quick to ...