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Swedish 'skeleton lover' causes uproar

11:53 Wed Nov 28 2012
Henri Paget
A Swedish police photo of a human skull in a bed.
A Swedish police photo of a human skull in a bed.

A Swedish woman allegedly committed acts of necrophilia on a skeleton, including licking the cranium of a yellowing skull.

It has been revealed the same woman sparked outrage in Australia in 2010 after publishing photos of a murdered Queensland teenager on her website.

The woman, whose identity has been supressed in Swedish media, is facing trial after human bones, body bags and disturbing images were allegedly found in her Gothenburg apartment.

Photos released to the media showed the 32-year-old caressing and licking the cranium of a yellowing skull.

In 2010 the woman made headlines after she posted three images of slain 12-year-old Goodna schoolgirl Leanne Holland on her now-defunct “gore” website ViralDeath.com.

Although it was later revealed the Holland images were lifted from a 2002 textbook, it drew widespread outrage from Australian authorities and led to an investigation by the Crime and Misconduct Commission.

"Uploading such material is abhorrent to most people, but it is not necessarily illegal," a police spokesman said at the time.

When interviewed by Australian media in 2010, the woman defended publishing the photos, citing “freedom of speech”.

“We believe free speech is a very important issue wherever it is threatened in the world,” she said.

“The Leanne Holland crime scene images serves a purpose in that they show people the brutality of the crime instead of media luring people into some kind of fantasy world.

"It's not Lovely Bones, but reality and we all need a reality check."

She denied that she was a violent person in the interview, saying that assumption was "completely bananas”.

“It is like saying anyone watching SAW movies is a serial killer in training,” she said.

Swedish police have confirmed that the woman charged with necrophilia uses the same email account that was used to correspond with MSN NZ at the time.

The woman kept at least six skulls, one spine and "a large number of other bones" in her apartment, according to the prosecution's charge sheet.

She was arrested in September and last week was charged with "violating the peace of the dead" after police uncovered the cache of skeletal remains.

The prosecution said she had used the human body parts "for various sexual activities".

Their evidence included two CDs, allegedly found in her home, entitled "My necrophilia" and "My first experience".

Pictures from a morgue, also included in the evidence, were found in a secret compartment in the woman's home, along with a drill and body bags.

However, the police had found no proof that she had been involved in digging up graves.

The woman has admitted to keeping the items in her apartment but has denied any wrongdoing, a spokeswoman for the prosecution said.

"During the summer of 2012 (she) sold three skulls and a spine... to a person in Uppsala," the prosecutor said in the indictment.

The access code to a morgue was also allegedly found in the apartment. A preliminary court-ordered psychiatric evaluation found the woman to be legally sane.

If convicted the woman faces up to two years jail.