Case 194

Lake Bodom

*** Content Warning: child victims, suicide ***

Saturday, June 4 1960 seemed like the beginning of an idyllic summer break for Finnish teenagers, Nils Gustafsson, Seppo Boisman, Maila Irmeli Björklund and Anja Tuulikki Mäki. The four friends had decided to go camping at Lake Bodom, a picturesque region not far from their homes in Helsinki.

But the following morning, strangers stumbled across the teenagers’ bloodied and beaten bodies in amongst the ruins of their slashed tent. So began what is arguably Finland’s most infamous murder case – one that has captivated investigators and the public for more than half a century.



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Gustafsson’s hypnosis transcript – Central Criminal Police

Mystery of Bodom (Central Criminal Police – anonymous police summary of initial investigation) – posted to Murha Info Forum

Pre-trial Investigation Material – Central Criminal Police

Defense Response – Espoo District Court

Judgment of the Espoo District Court – Judgment No. 05/2193



Lake Bodom – Apu Magazine 

The killer of the lake was searched by police and volunteers – YLE News 

Various articles on the Bodom Murder trial YLE News

Various articles from the Helsingin Sanomat archives

60 years of Bodom’s murder tragedy: Neighbours rumoured… Ilta Sanomat

60 years of Bodom’s murder tragedy: …Hans Assman… complete alibi – Ilta Sanomat

Espoo politician is sure he knows who the murderer was Swedish YLE

Politician claims to know Bodom’s murderer – “Drowned in Lake Bodom” – Länsiväylä 

The triple murders on Lake Bodom became a media circus. But why? – Alibi

Did a bystander accidentally find Bodom’s murder weapon? – Ilta Sanomat 

Maija Keihäs received a call from her sister that cannot be forgotten – Ilta Sanomat 

False witness: why is the US still using hypnosis to convict criminals – The Guardian



Murder DNA – Lake Bodom Murders – YLE



Legend of Bodom – Ulf Johansson (Excerpts)



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