Swede found dead in Phuket was part of horrific murder case

On June 11 ScandAsia reported that a Swedish expat was found dead in a house in Phuket’s Muang district on Monday 10 June. Swedish post Aftonbladet now reveals that the expat Marianne Aino was also known in Sweden as “Dagboksvittnet Anna” or in English – “Anna the journal witness”. Marianne Aino was an important witness in one of the most shocking murder cases in Sweden’s history.

In June, 1984, the prostitute Catrine de Costa disappeared in Stockholm, a month later several of her body parts were found in plastic bags. A few weeks later more body parts turned up.

Catrine de Costa’s head, genitalia, inner organs and one of her breasts were never found. The finding of the body parts lead to one of the most startlingly cases in Swedish history. A case in which the now diseased Marianne Aino played a big part.

“The journal witness” appeared in the trials of two doctors in 1988. Her journals contained information saying that Catrine de Costa had known to “pervert doctors”.

She showed the journals to the prosecutor, claiming that she had written down what Catrine told her in 1983 and 1984 about the doctors. According to the journals, the doctors and Catrine de Costa had sex in something referred to as the death room and also in the presence of a small child.

The authenticity of the journals came into question as the statements in the District Court in 1988 differed from the information she provided to the police four years earlier when Catrine’s remains had been identified.

The first information was not about doctors, children or death rooms and was totally inconsistent with what she later featured in their diaries.

End the end the doctors were acquitted due to lack of evidence. Much later, in 2000, Anna was questioned by the police on suspicion of perjury. She was unable to explain the contradictory information that she left. The disputed diaries were gone and she did not know where they had gone.

No charges were ever raised.

Marianne Aino was believed to have been dead for at least 10 days before she was discovered. She was found lying on a sofa in the living room wearing a T-shirt and jeans.

There was a glass of beer on the coffee table along with a number of pills and cigarettes. Police said the neighbors had complained of a bad smell coming from the house.

Police said there was no sign of a struggle and that no foul play is suspected. The body was sent to Vachira Phuket Hospital for an autopsy.

Read full article at aftonbladet.se


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