Swedish serial killer 'Laser Man' faces extradition to Germany - Top extradition lawyers object
Between 1991 and 1992, John Ausonius, also known as “laser man”, murdered eleven people. The murders were racially motivated attacks on migrants in Sweden. The name “Laser man” came from the Swedish papers. Ausonius was named Lasermannen because he had used a rifle which was equipped with a laser sight in order to kill one of his victims. After his first few murders “Laser man” switched his weapon of choice to a rifle. In June of 1992 he was arrested and in January of 1994 he was sentenced to life imprisonment.
“Laser man” is one of the most infamous serial killers from Sweden. He is facing new charges now and a possible extradition to Germany, 24 years after he was sent to prison in Sweden for a number of murders committed over a 6-month period.
The German Authorities are pushing to have “Laser man” extradited. “Laser man”, is wanted in Germany for questioning over the alleged murder of Blanka Zmigrod, a 68-year-old woman who had been shot in the head, at close range, in 1992 whilst on her way home from work. However, “Laser man’s” top extradition layer does not believe that there is legal authority to extradite after such a long period of time.
“Laser man” murdered 11 people in the areas of Stockholm and Uppsala between August 1991 and January 1992. All of the attacks committed by “Laser man” are said to have been racially motivated attacks.
After “Laser man’s” arrest in 1992, authorities started tracing his travel outside of Sweden. It was discovered that “Laser man” had been in Frankfurt and a week before Zmigrod was killed. It was also discovered he had been in the restaurant were Zmigrod worked during his visit. It was alleged that an argument had broken out in the restaurant between “Laser man” and Zmigrod over a Casio electronic calendar. “Laser man” believed that Zmigrod had stolen his possession.
The weapon used in Zmigrod’s death was a 6.35mm caliber gun according to German authorities. It was held that “Laser man” also owned such a gun, however he claimed to have sold it in Germany prior to the murder he is accused of. German authorities have already question “Laser man”. In 1996 he was questioned about the murder in Kumla Prison, Sweden, but not charged.
“Laser man” and his top extradition lawyer have questioned whether Germany have the right to prosecute him at all after such a long time. “Laser man” went on to say that the question of legality needs to be answered before any further discussions on his extradition happen. He did state that he did not have anything against being extradited to Germany because he believed if he stood trial in Germany he would be acquitted and the case closed.
“Laser man’s” top extradition lawyer has stated that he is unsure whether an extradition request would be legal under European Law due to the vast amount of time between the murder and application for extradition. He went on to state that deferring an investigation of a murder for over 20 years is unacceptable.
“Laser man” is now 63 years old and is residing in a low-security prison in Sweden. He is allowed out unsupervised four times a year, for eight hour periods each time. When asked about the murder of Zmigrod, “Laser man” has denied having any involvement.
“Laser man’s” mother was from Germany and his father was from Switzerland. They married and emigrated to Sweden where their son was born. He grew up in a working class suburb of Stockholm and was supposedly bullied at school because of his dark hair, dark eyes and heritage. Once he was old enough he changed his name, dyed his hair and started wearing contact lenses to change the colour of his eyes.
After Olof Oalme’s assassination in 1986, “laser man” was one of the initial suspects of the police. He could not be linked to the murder however. At the time of the murder “laser man” was already incarcerated, serving a prison sentence for a number of assaults.
“Laser man” worked as a taxi driver during his young adult life. He later learned stocks and bonds and became a trader. He was talented and soon earned a small fortune. He was not shy in showing off his fortune, living what some would call a “yuppie” lifestyle, buying a luxurious apartment and a mobile phone. “Laser man” although skillful in the stock market was not so skillful with his own fortune. He made bad investments and gambled away much of the sum. In order to continue in the lifestyle, he had become accustomed to, “Laser man” began a spree of bank robberies, eighteen in total.
After becoming a Swedish Citizen in 1979, “laser man” showed himself to hold a deep hatred for immigrants and foreigners. He started first by finding immigrants who were criminals that he could kill, however, he grew tired of this and began killing immigrants who were not criminals. His hope was to scare all immigrants and foreigners out of Sweden.
“Laser man” was in the Swedish army between 1981 and 1982, this was when he learnt how to use guns. He started collecting a personal supply of weapons after leaving the army and modifying them, for example he would saw of the barrel of a rifle or add silencers. It has been suggested that the modifications may have been the reason why he failed in his early years at killing victims because the modifications often changed the trajectory of a bullet.
Because “laser man” committed such heinous crimes he is serving life in prison. His top extradition lawyer has questioned the legality of an extradition after 24 years. Some academics have also questioned why Germany is attempting to extradite an individual that is already incarcerated and who will not be being released.