Dismembered body of man found from rubbish bins in Tampere
Police fairly certain of identity of victim
The dismembered body of a man was found in the city of Tampere on Sunday. The police have apprehended three men in connection with investigations into the gruesome capital offence.
According to the police, all of the apprehended are “old acquaintances of the police”. The victim, in turn, did not have any “significant” criminal background, the police note.
On Sunday early afternoon, police officers were alerted to the discovery of dismembered body parts of a human being in a rubbish container in Tampere’s Takahuhti district.
According to the late-edition tabloid Ilta-Sanomat, eyewitnesses had noticed how an unknown bicyclist had thrown a weird-looking package into a rubbish bin outside of a house.
All the body parts of the slain man were retrieved during the course of the afternoon from three separate rubbish containers in the Takahuhti area.
The police say that they have established the identity of the deceased with reasonable certainty. The actual killing of the man may have taken place already several days earlier. For investigative reasons, further details of the killing are being kept under wraps for the time being.
So far the motives for the act are not clear.
The Tampere police have promised to release more information regarding the investigation on Monday afternoon.
Dismemberment killings are fairly uncommon, but when they do happen they usually stir up emotions.
In the Nordic culture, respect for the dead is still held in high regard.
In 2002-2003 two killings took place in Tampere, in which the perpetrators had dismembered their victims.
In the spring of 2010, the body of man was discovered in Vilppula that the killers had tried to dispose of by dismembering and burning.
In the capital area two homicides were uncovered last year, in which the victims’ bodies had been cut up.
Ritualistic features in such cases are extremely rare: as a rule, the perpetrators have merely sought to dispose of or hide the body of the person killed.
Previously in HS International Edition:
Two men charged with murder over Jyväskylä sports bag killing (1.6.2011)
Finnish man held on suspicion of grisly killing in Tallinn (21.12.2005)
Police to call for remand of one of two men held over Malmi killing (30.9.2004)