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A newspaper deliverer had just entered into an apartment building to complete their daily round when the main door smashed into pieces and combustion fumes started flowing in. This case was partly a listener suggestion – thank you Derek for the inspiration to cover an arson! **IMPORTANT** As some of you may know, I am a university student. The new …
 
Three girls go missing in similar circumstances only a month apart. Some of their belongings are soon found scattered around Southern Finland. Podcast promo for this week : The Harpy Hour Podcast If you are able to and would like to help me with the costs of this podcast, you can do that on Patreon where you can donate as little as two dollars a mo…
 
A series of thefts and bank robberies around Western Finland towards the end of the 90’s had the police scratching their heads about who could be guilty. This episode details domestic violence and more specifically both mental and physical violence against children. It also deals with mental health issues and religion and will not be suitable for a…
 
A wealthy couple, Mikko and Maria Alanen, moved to Spain in the autumn of 2009. A few months later, Mikko decided to return to Finland. He was soon found deceased in his office. If you have any information about this case, you can send tips to vakivaltarikosyksikko.helsinki@poliisi.fi or to the officer currently in charge of the investigation, Jukk…
 
In November of 2018, a young man is reported missing in Oulu, located in Northern Finland. If you are able to and would like to help me with the costs of this podcast, you can do that on Patreon where you can donate as little as two dollars a month and in return, get exclusive access to ad-free episodes, scripts, bonus episodes on various topics an…
 
On the 30th of January in 2013, three men arrived at the door of a lecture hall where a book about the far right in Finland was being introduced to the public. If you are able to and would like to help me with the costs of this podcast, you can do that on Patreon where you can donate as little as two dollars a month and in return, get exclusive acc…
 
Mother and wife Hilkka Saarinen mysteriously disappeared into thin air during Christmas preparations in 1960. This episode details domestic violence – it will not be suitable for all. If you or someone you know is in a similar situation, help is available for you: in Finland, you can call Naistenlinja at 0800 02400 or Nollalinja at 080 005 005. In …
 
On an October afternoon in 2018, Mari was going to pick up her daughter Veera from daycare. When she arrived, she was told Veera had already left. Find Mari’s blog at surupaivakirja.fi and her Instagram account at surupaivakirja. This episode details domestic violence and a crime against a child – it will not be suitable for all. If you or someone …
 
In the early morning hours of Tuesday, the 21st of August in 2007, a newspaper deliverer noticed a wooden building apartment was in burning up. Huge thanks to Lyman for becoming a new Patron! On Patreon, you can donate as little as two dollars a month and in return, get exclusive access to ad-free episodes, scripts, bonus episodes on various topics…
 
20-year-old Tuula Höök moved to the island of Jersey in the hopes of bettering her language skills and furthering her career dreams of becoming a model. If you have any information about this case, please reach out to the States police by phone at 612612 or by email coldcase@jersey.police.pnn.uk. You can also contact Crimestoppers at 0800 555 111. …
 
A young taxi driver and his car mysteriously disappear during the night shift. Huge thanks to Robyn for becoming a new Patron and to Kevin for upgrading their pledge! On Patreon, you can donate as little as two dollars a month and in return, get exclusive access to ad-free episodes, scripts, bonus episodes on various topics and other nice rewards. …
 
A respected journalist specialized in writing about social issues turns out to be a predator. This episode details sexual violence and will not be suitable for all, please use your discretion. If you have been in a similar situation, help is available for you: in Finland, you can call Nollalinja at 080 005 005 or Naisten Linja at 0800 02400. Thank …
 
In April of 2008, a bus transporting 48 Finns to the Málaga airport crashed only minutes away from its final destination. Huge thanks to Kevin and Astrid for upgrading their pledges on Patreon! On Patreon, you can donate as little as two dollars a month and in return, get exclusive access to ad-free episodes, scripts, bonus episodes on various topi…
 
One man’s extreme jealousy leads to extreme actions. This episode details domestic violence. It will not be suitable for all listeners, so please use your discretion. If you or someone you know is in a similar situation, help is available for you. In Finland, you can call Nollalinja at 080 005 005. In an acute situation, please reach out to the eme…
 
Deemed one of the most dangerous Finnish criminals, the serial strangler has been paroled time and time again only for him to commit more violent crimes. This episode details crimes against children, sexual violence in all of its forms and strangulation. It will not be suitable for all listeners, so please use your discretion. If you’d like to hear…
 
In January of 1996, an officer at the Malmi police station was examining a stolen vehicle when they discovered a body in the trunk. Podcast promo for this week: The Unseen Huge thanks go out to Astrid becoming a new Patron! On Patreon, you can donate as little as two dollars a month and in return, get exclusive access to ad-free episodes, scripts, …
 
In the 1990’s, there was strong desire to make baseball, Finland’s national sports, more popular all over the country. However, the attempts backfired when team leaders and players alike got embroiled in a scandal like the Finnish world of sports had never seen before. Podcast promo for this week: Apple for the Teacher Huge thanks go out to Rainofy…
 
In the spring of 2015, a teenage girl was found deceased in the suburbs of Seinäjoki. Podcast promo for this week: True Crime Island Huge thanks go out to Kevin and Dinosaur Vlogs for becoming new Patrons! On Patreon, you can donate as little as two dollars a month and in return, get exclusive access to ad-free episodes, scripts, bonus episodes on …
 
In the 1920’s, two women started a religious sect, believing that the end of the world was in sight. Gaston Luga: *for a limited Black Friday deal get 25% off and a free travel bag!* If you missed this deal, you can still get 15% off any purchase by using the offer code TRUECRIME at checkout at https://gastonluga.com/ Podcast promo for this week: A…
 
In 1990, a young man contacted the Helsinki police about his mother’s death ten years prior – he was adamant his father had killed her. Gaston Luga: get 15% off any purchase by using the offer code TRUECRIME at checkout at https://gastonluga.com/ Podcast promo for this week: Active Shooter: the podcast Huge thanks go out to Lotte and Eddie for beco…
 
20-year-old Markus Pönkä was arrested in Estonia on an international warrant relating to a fraud case, when a body was found in his apartment. But that is only the very beginning of this story. A fellow student who is studying journalism reached out to me share a poll she had made about true crime, please find it here (it’s in Finnish): https://doc…
 
This week, Courtney from Cult of Domesticity and I are discussing the Panama papers, the biggest information leak in recent times. If you are able to and would like to help me with the costs of this podcast, you can do that on Patreon where you can donate as little as two dollars a month and in return, get exclusive access to ad-free episodes, scri…
 
17-year-old Kyllikki Saari was returning from a devotional service by bike when she vanished into thin air. Podcast promo for this week: Canadian True Crime If you are able to and would like to help me with the costs of this podcast, you can do that on Patreon where you can donate as little as two dollars a month and in return, get exclusive access…
 
A car bomb explodes in the center of Helsinki in broad daylight and reveals a complicated web of relationships and perceptions. Podcast promo for this week : Ghost Town If you are able to and would like to help me with the costs of this podcast, you can do that on Patreon where you can donate as little as two dollars a month and in return, get excl…
 
In July of 2018, a story broke in the Finnish media: a company executive had been killed in their own home. If you are able to and would like to help me with the costs of this podcast, you can do that on Patreon where you can donate as little as two dollars a month and in return, get exclusive access to ad-free episodes, scripts, bonus episodes on …
 
Towards the end of February in 1999 on a slow Sunday, officers patrolling in the center of Helsinki were tasked with a case that, at first, sounded difficult to believe. Sudio: use the code truecrimefinland at checkout to get 15% off your purchase https://www.sudio.com/us/earphones/tolv-pink I will regretfully not be able to attend the True Crime e…
 
At age 18, Maria Åkerblom first preached in a trance-like state on her sickbed. From there she started her career as a sleeping preacher that turned out to be her rise and fall. Sudio: use the code truecrimefinland at checkout to get 15% off your purchase https://www.sudio.com/us/earphones/tolv-pink JUSTSTRONG: use the code MINKAVI10 at checkout to…
 
*I apologize in advance for any echo in this episode - I had to record in an empty apartment as we moved this week* On the 29th of October in 2007, inventor Rainer Partanen was arrested suspected of aggravated fraud. In total, 270 Finnish and foreign investors had put over 1,3 million euros of their money into the company that was claiming to revol…
 
In 1991, the body of a young woman was found floating in a bay. It seemed like her case would be left unsolved until another body was discovered years later. This case was a listener suggestion – thank you Johanna for the request. We are putting together a true crime event for the first time here in Finland. It will take place in Hanasaari, Helsink…
 
In 1959, best friends Eine and Riitta got on their bikes to ride through Eastern Finland and see the Koli national park. They never returned from their trip. Along with the Bodom lake murders and the case of Kyllikki Saari, this is one of the most legendary in Finnish criminal history and has been requested a few times. We are putting together a tr…
 
In the summer of 2006, Jarmo and Paula Björkqvist’s daughter was celebrating her second birthday. In the early morning hours, she was found cowering under the table by the police. This episode details a very violent case and will not be suitable for all. Please use your discretion. We are putting together a true crime event for the first time here …
 
Patients at the closed unit of the Kupittaa hospital were mistreated for years without proper intervention until an extensive newspaper article revealed what had actually been going on at the G1 unit. We are putting together a true crime event for the first time here in Finland. It will take place in Hanasaari, Helsinki, on the 15th of August this …
 
In the summer of 2012, a young man climbed on a roof, upset over a lost playful wrestling match, looking for a way to release his anger. We are putting together a true crime event for the first time here in Finland. It will take place in Hanasaari, Helsinki, on the 15th of August this year, 2019. I would be so happy to see you there! Please go to: …
 
In 2011, eighteen-year-old Jenna Lepomäki had something to look forward to. She was going on her first ever trip abroad. Podcast promos for this week: Elementary My Dear: The H.E.X Files Podcast and Coast to Ghost. I will be going to the True Crime Podcast Festival in Chicago next summer, on July 13 as a registered podcaster. For more information a…
 
In the summer of 1972, three youngsters were found deceased in a tent they had set up at the Kytäjä mansion premises. This episode details a case involving minors and will not be suitable for all listeners, please use your discretion. Podcast promo for this week: Cutting Class Podcast I will be going to the True Crime Podcast Festival in Chicago ne…
 
After years of living under fear and the constant threat of violence caused by a loved one, something snapped. This episode details domestic violence and will not be suitable for all listeners. If you are in a similar situation, please reach out to your local crisis center. Suggested reading for Finnish listeners: Erään tapon tarina by Katariina Vu…
 
The 18th of August in 2017 was the day all of Finland mourned. Podcast promo for this week: Seeing Red *** DISCLAIMER: Towards the end when I talk about Bouanane’s behavior changing in December, I’m talking about the year 2017, not 2018 (there was a mistake in the script) *** I will be going to the True Crime Podcast Festival in Chicago next summer…
 
In 2012, a tragic story about a severely bullied teenager made the headlines all over Finland. But not everything was as it seemed at first glance. This episode deals in part with suicide and bullying and will not be suitable for all. Podcast promo for this week: Evidence Locker I will be going to the True Crime Podcast Festival in Chicago next sum…
 
In March of 1992, two masked men tried to rob a deliverer traveling by taxi. They narrowly escaped, and the police figured it was a one-off incident, until another robbery occurred. And then another one.. Podcast promo for this week: California True Crime I will be going to the True Crime Podcast Festival in Chicago next summer, on July 13 as a reg…
 
This case is often referred to as the Hyvinkää ritual murder and has been described by some as one of the most horrifying cases in Finnish criminal history. This episode details extreme violence and animal cruelty – it will not be suitable for all listeners. Podcast promo for this week: Life After Linc I will be going to the True Crime Podcast Fest…
 
On the evening of the 14th of November in 2000, fourteen-year-old Eveliina Lappalainen was returning home from dance class. She never made it. Podcast promo for this week: Murder Under the Midnight Sun Big thanks go out to Rob for supporting me on Patreon! There, you can donate as little as two dollars a month and in return, get exclusive access to…
 
After ten years of practicing and 12 000 patients, it came out that Esa Laiho was not really a doctor after all. He was dubbed valelääkäri, the “fake doctor”. Shout-outs go to my brother Marko for helping me with the vocabulary and background info on Valvira’s procedures as well as to Jessica from The Asian Madness Podcast. I will be taking a break…
 
Keep your friends close and your enemies closer, the saying goes. But what if your friends become your enemies? Podcast promo for this week: Whispered True Stories For more background on Jari Aarnio, please listen to episodes 017 – 019. This episode was researched by Ilmari Walker. Additional research by me. If you would like to support me, you can…
 
In the early morning hours of October 22, 1997, officers on duty at the Helsinki police station were alerted to Hotel Palace that had apparently been robbed. But they would soon come to the horrible realization that there was much more to the story. Podcast promo for this week: Killafornia Dreaming If you would like to support me, you can do that o…
 
Jori Lasonen was sure someone had created a fake drug debt in his name and now, a hit man was after him. He was so sure that he went to his father’s gun cabinet and picked out a rifle. In his mind, the only safe place was in police custody. If you would like to support Valon Vuoksi, you can find their website here: http://www.valonvuoksi.fi/ Podcas…
 
This is a special collaboration episode with my amazing friends Kate (Ignorance Was Bliss) and Bonnie (Wining About Crime). We talk about the silk stocking murderer - a case that has a connection to both Canada and Finland. This is one of those rare instances where you will hear me talk more freely and give you facts about Finnish war history. Sugg…
 
On the last day of the winter break, Marja Mäntylä was found deceased inside her home. The apartment was ransacked and written on the kitchen wall with something red was the text “Zorro thanked”. This was no natural death. Podcast promo for this week: Crime on the mind If you would like to support me, you can do that on Patreon where you can donate…
 
Pekka Seppänen a.k.a Sarjahukuttaja, “The Serial Drowner”, wreaked havoc and fear in a small village in Eastern Finland, abusing and tormenting addicts until one too many died in his hands. This episode details some extreme violence and cruelty towards animals – it will not be suitable for all listeners. Podcast promo for this week: Suspect Convict…
 
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