Crime Case of the Century in Finland

The Ulvila murder case – The background

In December 1st in 2006 a family of four children had gone to bed in a small town called Ulvila in Finland. At 02.43 am an emergency call was made by the mother and her oldest daughter, then nine years old. In the call they tell that there is an intruder in the house killing the husband, and they plea for help with desperate voices. In the emergency call recording the husband’s cries for help can be heard in the background. He is calling his wife by name to come and help. Also the sounds of the battle can be heard, the sounds of someone hitting an other person, and furniture moving.

The police arrived to the crime scene promptly, about two minutes after the emergency call had finished, but it was too late for the husband, who was declared dead at the scene. The wife had received a stab wound through her breast that punctured her lung. She was taken to the hospital, where she was later interviewed by the police. The intruder had managed to flee the scene before the arrival of the police.

The wife and daughter tell the police that a masked man wearing a black hoodie had broken into the house through a glass window on their patio door. The man had attacked the husband and stabbed him several times as they were battling in the bedroom. The husband had also been hit by a blunt instrument in the head to finish him off while the emergency call was going on.

The wife and her four children (aged 2, 4, 7 and 9.) continue their lives without dad. Anneli, now a single mum, is feeling lonely and decides to go on a popular and well known dating site to have a chat. There she meets my brother, also a single dad of two boys. They meet up, it is now a year after Anneli’s husband’s death. On their second or third date Anneli reveals who she is and what has happened in their family home a year earlier. Despite warnings of his friends (“she will bring you trouble”), my brother decides to go on dating Anneli. In his own words :”I didn’t think the family had lepracy. They were victims of a horrific crime”.

Anneli and my brother dated about six months before my brother decided to move back to his hometown Helsinki in spring 2008. They remained in friendly terms.

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