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Lake Bodom

Lake Bodom (Finnish: Bodominjärvi; Swedish: Bodom träsk) is a Finnish lake located in the city of Espoo, not far from Helsinki. The lake measures approximately three kilometres in length and one kilometre in width. It is surrounded by five districts in Espoo: Kunnarla in the west, Röylä in the north, Bodom in the northeast, Högnäs in the southeast, and Karhusuo in the southwest.

Lake Bodom

The lake is notorious for being the scene of a triple homicide that occurred in the early morning hours of 5 June 1960, when four teenagers (two boys, Nils Gustafsson and Seppo Boisman and two girls, Tuulikki Mäki and Irmeli Björklund) went on a camping trip to the lake and were mysteriously attacked while sleeping in their tent.[1] Three were killed and one survived. In June 2005, the only survivor, Gustafsson, was charged with murdering his friends. On 7 October 2005, the district court found him not guilty of all charges against him.

The killer had not injured the victims from inside the tent, but instead had attacked the occupants from outside with a knife and an unidentified blunt instrument (possibly a rock) through the sides of the tent. The murder weapons have never been located.[5] The killer had taken several items which detectives found puzzling, including the keys to the victims' motorcycles, which themselves had been left behind. Gustafsson's shoes were partially hidden approximately 500 meters from the murder site. The police did not cordon off the site nor record the details of the scene (later seen as a major error) and almost immediately allowed a crowd of police officers and other people to trample around and disturb the evidence. The mistake was further exacerbated by calling in soldiers to assist with the search around the lake for the missing items, several of which were never found.[5]

In Finland, the Lake Bodom murders have been prying at inquiring minds since 1960, when three teenagers were found bludgeoned and stabbed to death inside their lakeside tent. A fourth camper survived his wounds but was left with no memory of the incident. In the decades since, the Bodom murders have achieved that mythic unsolved status in their home country, remaining a topic of conversation in the media (and the courts, which tried a new suspect -- the sole survivor -- as recently as 2004). With the aptly titled Lake Bodom (released in Europe last year under the title Bodom and available today exclusively on Shudder), director Taneli Mustonen, who also co-wrote the script with Aleksi Hyvärinen, puts his own spin on the notorious crime with a twisted meta-slasher that reflects back on the true crimes while remaining firmly in the realm of fiction.

Some 22 kilometres west of Helsinki, four teenagers, Maila Irmeli Björklund and Anja Tuulikki Mäki, both fifteen years old, and their eighteen-year-old boyfriends, Seppo Antero Boisman and Nils Wilhelm Gustafsson, decided to camp on the shore of the idyllic lake near the town of Espoo.

Lake Bodom is also the location of one of the most gruesome criminal mysteries in Finnish history, the Lake Bodom Murders. In 1960, two teenage couples were camping near the lake when an unknown attacker stabbed and beat three of them to death, with the fourth victim found just outside the tents severely injured. Several suspects were named in the case, including the survivor at the scene, Nils Wilhelm Gustafsson, but none were ever definitively found guilty and the case remains unsolved.

Despite the grisly history of CoB's name and the lake itself, the band made a subtle reference to murders in their statement about the lager, noting not only its "roasted malts and the noble Tettnanger hop," but also that it could be perfect for "socializing, dinner, headbanging or lakeside camping." The beer was created in partnership with Fat Lizard Brewing Co., based in the band's hometown of Espoo.

It all began in the Summer of 1960 at Lake Bodom, a freshwater lake near the city of Helsinki in Finland. Four teenagers decided to go camping together. The boys, Nils and Seppo were both 18 years old, while the girls Irmeli and Anja were 15. Seppo and Anja had been dating for a year and Nils and Irmeli had been going out for three weeks.

The Bodom Lake Murders were the most brutal killings Finland had ever seen, and news of the incident left the entire country in a state of shock. Within an hour, the familiar lakeshore was filled with curious onlookers.

They determined that the murders had to have taken place some time between 4 and 6 in the morning. A woman who was washing some clothes on the opposite side of the lake saw someone fishing during the night. Two young boys who were out birdwatching in the area claimed they saw the collapsed tent and one of them even said he saw a fair-haired man walking away from it. Another boy who was fishing nearby also told police he saw a blond man hanging around the location.

There was a man named Valdemar Gyllström who owned a kiosk near the lake and sold lemonade. He was known to be very hot-tempered and angry and used to walk around the area at night. Locals say he hated young people and would throw stones at kids when they cycled by his house. He even supposedly confessed to the crime, before drowning himself in Bodom Lake in 1969. However, police discovered that he had an alibi. His wife said he was at home in bed with her all night.

The trail continued alongside two small capes or points, and between them was a small cove and an even tinier beach. From there, the trail headed in between massive pine trees standing tall next to the lake shore.

Oittaa and lake Bodom are very popular during all seasons. For those interested in orienteering, there are permanent orienteering markers all around Oittaa woods. There is a large area for frisbee golf, and even outdoor gym equipment free to use. Lake Bodom is also suitable for a bit of relaxing SUP boarding in the summer or you can rent a fatbike to explore the area. If you are into kayaking or rowing, you can try your water sports skills on lake Bodom. There is also a large beachvolley site near the beach.

Lots has happened around lake Bodom and Oittaa. At the southeastern end of lake Bodom is a lovely manor house, which is (at the time of writing this) unfortunately closed to visitors. The recreation centre located at an old stone barn, which has been remodeled to serve as a cafe, equipment rental, and rentable recreation space.

The Lake Bodom murders were a multiple homicide that took place in Finland in 1960. Lake Bodom is a lake by the city of Espoo, about 22 kilometres west of the country's capital, Helsinki. In the early hours of June 5, 1960, four teenagers were camping on the shores of Lake Bodom. Between 4AM and 6AM, an unknown person or people murdered three of them with a knife and blunt instrument wounding the fourth. The sole survivor, Nils Wilhelm Gustafsson, led a normal life until 2004, when he became a suspect and was subsequently charged.

"Roasted malts and the noble Tettnanger hop make this the perfect beer for socialising, dinner, head banging or lakeside camping," it continues. "Water used from the Lake Bodom puts this over the top and makes it so good you can bury a few in one go, so beware!"

On June 6th, a blood discovery would be made. Two young lads were walking around the lake area to do some bird watching when they spotted the tent, which appeared to be collapsing on itself. They noticed a blonde man walking away from the area of the tent, so they shrugged it up, thinking that the man may have been just setting up his tent or taking it down.

A few hours later, a father and son would be at Lake Bodom fishing, when they also spotted the tent in the distance. This time, no one was near the area and the father was concerned that maybe someone was hurt or had been robbed, so he walked over to the tent to check-in. Inside, he discovered the four bloodied bodies of the teenagers. He grabbed his son and ran back to the town for help. While the man and his son were getting help, a jogger was doing a lap around the lake when he also saw the damaged tent. It looked like the poles had been broken and there was a giant rip on the side panel. He decided to check out the tent, and that's when he discovered the bloody mess and went to get help too. 041b061a72


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