Changes in the line of murder inquiry

…story continues from the previous post…

A year after the murder the first investigating officer Juha Joutsenlahti tried to transfer the Ulvila murder case investigations to The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), as no progress was happening. Over 750 DNA samples had been analysed, and a wrong man arrested for a week in July 2007.

Finland’s National Police Commissioner Mikko Paatero decided suddenly to intervene. He prevented the transfer to the NBI, because according to him Satakunta police force (read Pori police) were able to handle the case. Mr Paatero had the confidence, as he himself comes from the same area of Finland. A new investigating officer, Pauli Kuusiranta, was appointed in August 2008.


From now on the only line of investigation was that the wife, Anneli Auer, must have been the perpetrator. The previous investigating officer maintains to date that Anneli is innocent. This disparity has caused frictions in the Satakunta police force, that have manifested in speculation and gossip. A year and half’s investigations were disregarded by Pauli Kuusiranta, who took the easy option of nailing the wife.

In February 2009 an undercover officer is planted in Anneli Auer’s and her children’s life as a prospective new boyfriend. The officer led her to believe that there was potential for a long lasting relationship, and Anneli’s children took a liking to him. The undercover officer did not find any evidence to support any of the crimes that Anneli has been accused of.

Considering the loss that Anneli and her children had already suffered, planting an undercover officer offering false hope of a new brighter future, was a very underhand tactic, that conventionally is used only in narcotics and organised crime investigations. The only outcome was further suffering for a vulnerable family, and their total loss of trust in other people’s motives.

27.09.2009 Anneli Auer is arrested, and jailed the day after, for the murder of her late husband. Her children are taken away temporarily to a children’s home. Three days later the police claimed that Anneli had confessed to the murder. It turned out that the “confession” was illegally obtained under duress and coercion. The police was pressurising her and presenting false information to both her, and her eldest daughter, then 12 year’s old. Sleep deprivation, police trickery and the absence of her lawyer later invalidated the “confession”.

To be continued…I will also add links to all the relevant names mentioned in the article.