(born 1927), also known as Jammu-setä ("Uncle Jammu"), is
a man from Finland who murdered and burnt two 8-year-old girls
called Päivi-Maria Hopiavuori and Tanja Johanna Pirinen, that he
had picked for a car ride from this neighborhood march 3rd 1989.
He had been
earlier convicted for raping a five year old girl, sexual
harrasment and attempted murders.
received a 15 years sentence for his crimes as he was found
mentally retarded. If that had not been the case, he would have
been sentenced to life imprisonment. The Finnish Supreme Court,
however, found later some additional mitigating factors and
ruled a life sentence to be overall inappropriate in his case.
sentence was the usual determinate sentence of 15 years with
parole possibility after 10 years. 10 years passed and his first
and second parole hearings in the Finnish Prison Court (similar
to Parole boards in the U.S.) were unsuccessful.
11 years, on the third parole hearing the Prison Court finally
let him out on strictly supervised parole, but he nevertheless
has spent the last few years in Niuvanniemi mental hospital (in
Kuopio) for criminal-psychiatric reasons.
Jouko Turkka's novel Häpeä ("Shame") tells
something about that. Says Turkka: "Jammu Siltavuori is the most
hated man in Finland. No presidential candidate would want to
have his vote. The candidate would pay money if Jammu would
publicly announce that he would vote some other candidate.
Church or any other religious organization would reject him even
if the God itself would indicate that Jammu's sins are forgiven.
Nobody wants anything from him, no money, no apologies, no begs
for forgiveness. He is the most important issue in cultural life
of Finland. Anyone who would express any kind of mercy would
undersign his own death penalty."
Antti Veikko Ilmari
Siltavuori (born October 29, 1926 in
Joensuu, Finland) (also known as Jammu Siltavuori or
Jammu-setä, "Uncle Jammu") is a Finnish man who murdered two
8-year-old girls, Päivi-Maria Hopiavuori and Tanja Johanna Pirinen.
He burned the bodies shortly after. He had picked up both girls
for a car ride from Myllypuro, a neighbourhood in Helsinki, on
March 3, 1989.
Prior to this, he had been
convicted of raping a five-year-old girl, sexual harassment, and
attempted murder. He was convicted to life imprisonment already in
the 1950s or 1960s but he was later paroled. He had also built a
self-made jail complete with cells, barred windows and small
toilets in Paltamo, Kainuu, but there is no evidence that he built
it for keeping the children hostage.
For the two murders in 1989, Siltavuori was
sentenced to 15 years in prison with the possibility of parole
after 10 years, because a mental health examination legally found
him to be partially insane. If that had not been the case,
Siltavuori would have been again sentenced to life imprisonment.
After 10 years had elapsed, his first and
second parole hearings in a Prison Court were unsuccessful. After
he served one more year in jail, the Prison Court released him on
strictly supervised parole on January 31, 2000, on his third
parole hearing. However, he was immediately involuntary committed
to the Niuvanniemi mental hospital in Kuopio for criminal-psychiatric
The involuntary commitment was reaffirmed in
2007 by the administrative court of Kuopio, on the basis that if
he was released, he would be a serious security risk. In
Niuvanniemi, there was an attack on Siltavuori, which injured him
such that he cannot walk and has to stay in the wheelchair. It is
unlikely that he'd be released.