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Ilpo Tapio LARHA





Classification: Murderer
Characteristics: Contract murder - Escapee barricaded with hostages
Number of victims: 1
Date of murder: April 24, 1992
Date of birth: July 19, 1968
Victim profile: Wilhelm Högsten, 77
Method of murder: Shooting
Location: Jollas, Helsinki, Finland
Status: Sentenced to life in prison. Escaped February 25, 1994. Committed suicide by shooting himsel on March 17, 1994

Ilpo Tapio Larha (July 19, 1968 in Helsinki, Finland – March 17, 1994 in Lahti, Finland) was a Finnish criminal.

Larha became famous when he committed the contract murder of 77-year-old crippled businessman Wilhelm Högsten in Jollas, a suburb of Helsinki, on April 24, 1992. Larha was hired by Högsten's 47-year-old son Fred. Larha, Högsten and 31-year-old businessman Hannu Ratia, who drove Larha to the site of the murder, were sentenced to life in prison.

On February 25, 1994 he escaped from a prison with Kullervo Haikas, who was serving a long sentence for drug crimes. On March 1, Larha robbed a bank in Pitäjänmäki nearly killing a cashier.

After this, Larha and Haikas barricaded themselves with two hostages in a building in Lahti. Police discovered them at March 15. The siege lasted two days. While Haikas and the hostages were rescued, Larha shot himself at March 17, 1994.

Finland's president Tarja Halonen pardoned Hannu Ratia in the end of 2005 and Fred Högsten in May 2006.


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