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Finnish Mother receives life sentence for murdering five newborns

by | Jun 17, 2015

By Dave Andrusko

gaveljudge-courtFrom Yahoo News, this almost unbelievable lead:

Helsinki (AFP) – A Finnish court on Monday sentenced a 36-year-old woman to life in prison for killing her five newborns between 2005 and 2013 and hiding them in a freezer.

The Oulu district court in western Finland found the woman guilty of five counts of murder and five counts of disturbing the peace of the dead for failing to give the babies proper burials.

“The homicides took place by leaving the newborns without care and warmth… Clearly this measure… caused particular agony to the babies,” the court said in its ruling.

Almost as unbelievable is the caption under the photo:

A life sentence in Finland usually amounts to about 12 years behind bars.

All the babies were full-term or nearly full-term, according to District prosecutor Sari Kemppainen.

How did the unidentified woman manage to keep these horrific crimes a secret?

She’d kept the babies’ bodies in a freezer. Her new apartment, however, did not have room for a freezer, AFP reported.

At that point, the woman dumped the babies’ bodies in garbage bags in the building’s cellar. The murders came to light “in June 2014 when neighbors began to complain of a bad smell in the apartment building where a new couple had moved in.”

The woman hid her pregnancies by wearing loose fitting clothing. All the babies were delivered at home, according to court documents, and no one knew.

This sad and bizarre story ends

When questioned by police, the mother was unable to explain why she had opted to keep, and not bury, the bodies.

Categories: Crime