Tore Hedin

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Tore Hedin
Tore hedin.jpg
Born7 January 1927
Died22 August 1952(1952-08-22) (aged 25)
Lake Bosarp, Scania, Sweden
Cause of deathSuicide (drowning)
OccupationPolice officer (Fired)
Spouse(s)Ulla Östberg (ex girlfriend)
Parent(s)Per Alfred Hedin and Hulda Marie Hedin
Date22 August 1952
00.00–ca 01.00 a.m
Location(s)Kvärlöv and Hurva, Scania
Killed10 (including himself)
WeaponsAxe, gasoline (arson)
Tore Hedin

Tore Hedin (7 January 1927 – 22 August 1952) was a Swedish mass murderer, spree killer and police officer. The act perpetrated by Hedin, commonly known as Hurvamorden, is infamous for being the worst known act of spree killing in Swedish criminal history. The case remains infamous as well since Hedin, as a police officer, was for an extended period assigned to investigate his own murders.

First crimes[edit]

Hedin was born in Stora Harrie, near Kävlinge. He committed his first crime in September, 1943, when he broke into a local brewery near his parental home to steal some oats. To avoid detection, he then burned down the brewery to hide his crime; this was a method he used later to cover his tracks when he committed far more serious crimes.[1]

On 28 November 1951 he robbed and murdered his friend John Allan Nilsson after a poker game at Nilsson’s home in Tjörnarp. To cover his tracks, he burned down the crime scene. Being the local police representative, he took part in the investigation and even answered questions from the national media concerning the case.[1]

Killing spree[edit]

In the summer of 1952, Hedin's girlfriend, Ulla Östberg, broke off their engagement. Infuriated, Hedin assaulted her with handcuffs, and threatened to kill her with his pistol. He was subsequently fired for this incident. On the night of August 21, 1952, he went on a killing spree after Östberg refused to take him back after numerous attempts to win her over. Hedin's first stop was his parents' house in Saxtorp, where he killed them both and set the house on fire sometime before midnight.[2]

Thirty minutes later, Hedin arrived at the retirement home in Hurva, where Östberg lived and worked. He climbed a fire escape and entered the room where Östberg usually slept. This night, however, she was not sleeping there, but in the room of Agnes Lundin, the matron. Realising this, Hedin entered the room and killed them both with an axe. Afterwards, he blocked the entrance to the retirement home and set it on fire. Four elderly people died in the flames, with a fifth dying some days later from severe burns.[1]

It is unclear at what point he decided to take his own life. After starting a manhunt for Hedin, police found his car parked near a cabin by a lake. In the front seat was a suicide note,[3] his jacket and his wallet. The suicide note contained a full confession of all crimes he committed, with an explanation as to why he had killed his parents — so that they would not have to suffer for his crimes. His weighted-down body was later found in Brösarp lake near Skåne County, where he had drowned himself.[2]

Hedin's corpse was transported to the Institution of Anatomy at Lund University. It was stored at the institution until 1974, when it was cremated.[2]


  • Bengta Andersson, 85
  • Elna Andersson, 82
  • Hilda Hedin, 57, Hedin's mother
  • Per Alfred Hedin, 74, Hedin's father
  • Nils Larsson, 84
  • Agnes Lundén, 54
  • Maria Nilsdotter, 69
  • Ulla Östberg, 23
  • Marie Petersson, 80
  • John Allan Nilsson


  1. ^ a b c SHANE, TRACY (2 January 2016). "10 Serial Killer Cops - Listverse". Listverse. Listverse Ltd. Retrieved 3 August 2018.
  2. ^ a b c "This Decorated Swedish Officer's Double Life Discovered After Decades On The Force". Kaizen Media Group LLC. 27 April 2017. Retrieved 3 August 2018.
  3. ^ Suicide note - published at, accessed 12 August 2006 19:30 (CEST)

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