Taskinen (born 1976) is a
Finnish serial killer, who is responsible for the deaths
of three men in Tampere and Heinola. He was sentenced to
life in prison on May 31, 2006.
Taskinen killed his first victim, a
20-year-old student from Tampere, in August 1996.
Taskinen had given the victim a Dolcontin (morphine)
overdose. This was an "aggravated involuntary
manslaughter" (in Finnish: kuolemantuottamus)
according to the Local Court.
On February 1997 Taskinen was
spending time in Tampere with a 30-year-old man. The man
died, and a massive Abalgin (dextropropoxyphene)
overdose was found from his blood. Before his death the
victim had made a testament in favour of Taskinen. This
was considered a manslaughter (in Finnish: tappo)
in the Local Court.
On November 2005 Taskinen murdered
his third and final victim, Markku Heimo Juhani
Franssila. He was a rich 54-year-old business manager,
who had a villa in Heinola, where the murder took place.
The men had lived in a registered partnership for the
last four months. Franssila had died of an Abalgin
overdose. The motive for that murder was the inheritance
Taskinen would have been given.
Taskinen was arrested on January
2006. He was suspected for the murder of Franssila. The
police soon started to suspect him of two earlier
homicides too. He was found guilty, and May 31, 2006 he
was sentenced to life imprisonment for aggravated
involuntary manslaughter, a manslaughter and a murder.
In May 2007 Taskinen tried to appeal
to the Supreme Court, but no leave to appeal was granted,
rendering his sentence final. Taskinen immediately
sought pardon from the President, but the pardon was
denied in July 2007.