THE LAKE BODOM MURDERS, 1960

CAMPSITE OF HORRORS

This seemingly motiveless attack on four sleeping teenagers in a famous Finnish beauty spot has passed into the darkest annals of unexplained crime.

Finland’s beautiful Lake Bodom is situated near the southern city of Espoo. Between June and August the sun does not set, temperatures soar, and Finns of all ages flock to the lake to celebrate the arrival of summer and the passing of the long, freezing winter. It was in this carefree spirit that, on June 4, 1960, four teenagers pitched their tent on the lake’s tranquil shore.

Maila Irmeli Björklund and Anja Tuulikki Mäki, both 15, and their boyfriends, Seppo Antero Boisman and Nils Wilhelm Gustafsson, both 18, had planned an evening of fishing and ...

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