Many people in Espoo believe the real killer was a kiosk attendant at the beauty spot, who killed himself in 1972 and confessed to the triple murder in a suicide note. But police say he was sleeping with his wife on the night of the killing.
In hearings last week Gustafsson appeared passive as he heard written witness statements and accounts from birdwatchers and anglers who were as young as 11 in 1960. Among them was a woman who was camping nearby with friends on the night of the murders and who did not come forward until she was interviewed for a television documentary last year.
She claims Gustafsson and Boisman had visited her tent during the evening of the murders and that Gustafsson had been drunk and behaved aggressively. In defence evidence this week
Gustafsson's lawyer, Riitta Leppiniemi, will argue that he was in the tent when an outsider stabbed the four campers through the fabric. She will argue that traces of Gustafsson's blood inside the tent confirm that he, too, was a victim.
Leppiniemi said:‘Gustafsson remembers certain things clearly such as the arrival at the campsite. He also remembers clearly that the party did not visit another tent. The woman claiming this has kept quiet for 45 years. Also, Bjorklund's diary does not mention the visit.’
The lawyer claims Gustafsson had no motive, and that a number of items disappeared from the murder scene and were never found. The case is due to continue until Friday.