I have not found anything definite on the triple homicide in Imatra, Finland, which happened last weekend. There are some minor clues, and some major allegations that have surfaced however. I’ll deal with the small stuff first.
The Police Investigation
The suspect, Jori Lasonen, has not commented on action, not even to his lawyer. The police officer in charge of the investigation, Saku Tielinen, says this is unusual, according to Helsingin Sanomat. They don’t think the murders had anything to do with any politics or ideology. Police has previously suggested the possibility that the suspect may have a background of alienation from society and psychological problems.
According to the police officer Tielinen they have a good idea of what happened on the street where the suspect allegedly shot the three women. The police has questioned over 20 people about it and looked at the surveillance camera footage as well.
There’s one comment Helsingin Sanomat says that raises a red flag. They say that the police are still checking out the content’s of Lasonen’s computer. However in the police investigation it has come apparent that the suspect has withdrawn to himself recently, and spent a lot of time on his computer. I wonder if they’re trying say that Lasonen went crazy because he read conspiracy theories or Alt-Right websites on the internet?
An article from Iltalehti says that the foreman of the bouncers in two Imatran clubs or bars, Albert Räsänen, knew Jori Lasonen. Lasonen had been a frequent patron in the bars. Sometimes he came there alone, sometimes with friends. Räsänen, the bouncer foreman, said Lasonen was always a nice customer who behaved well. He couldn’t believe that Lasonen would do something like he supposedly did.
Related to Pizzagate?
A few days ago an interesting claim was made about the triple-homicide on the What Does it Mean-website. An article from Sorcha Faal suggested that the murder of the two reporters was an assassination, since they were investigating smuggling of people from Russia to Finland. The article even suggests that Alexander Stubb, the previous Prime Minister of Finland is somehow involved, as was the late politician Tiina Wilen-Jäppinen, who was killed in the shooting. There’s just one thing about all of this; the information comes from Sorcha Faal.
Sorcha Faal is notorious among us conspiracy nuts for being disinfo. Most articles from her (?) start off with the unverifiable claim that a memo has been circulating in the Kremlin… It just happens this article begins in a similar way: “An interesting Federal Security Service (FSB) report circulating in the Kremlin today is expressing “puzzlement/confusion” over the assassination of two Finnish journalists who were interviewing a local politician about her ties to a human smuggling ring”. This FSB report may or may not exist, and there is no way of finding out. Yet, let’s not dismiss Sorcha Faal based simply on the reputation. Let’s take a look at some of the claims she makes.
According to the FSB report, police had arrested a man holding a Finnish passport for trying to entice a 13-year old boy to go to Imatra with him in December 2015. Maybe this did really happen, but as I don’t have access to the report, I cannot know. Or perhaps a Svetogorsk newspaper did report it back when it happened?
The article mentions that in last May, a human smuggling ring from Russia to Finland was busted by the police. This much is true. It was reported in Helsingin Sanomat when it happened. This smuggling ring was used mainly to smuggle “refugees” to Finland, and the police suspected it is connected to a large international criminal organization. Such a smuggling ring seems to exist then, and if it does, it’s not far-fetched to suggest they might also be involved in smuggling children for pedophiles. There just one small detail; the people were being smuggled from Russia to Finland in the north in Salla and Raja-Jooseppi, in Lapland, whereas Imatra is in the south of Finland. So I don’t see any connection between this ring and Imatra.
Sorcha Faal’s article says the FSB report there were some loose-ends to the smuggling operation:
“1.) Why were transport conveyances (boats/buses/planes/cars, etc.) owned by a “shell corporation” linked to former Finnish Prime Minister (and current Finance Minister) Alexander Stubb and Imatra council leader Tiina Wilén-Jäppinen used by these human smugglers?
2.) Why were numerous underage girl and boy children given “training/instruction” at the Vuoksenvahti Restaurant in Imatra on preparing food (pizzas, sandwiches, salads, etc.) and then provided with United States temporary hospitality worker E2 Visas and then flown to America?”
If this is true, this is a huge deal. The former Prime Minister and the dead local politician working with the smuggling operation, and restaurant Vuoksenvahti, where the shooting occurred, exporting children to America after instructing them on how to make pizza. It’s just that these claims are based on absolutely nothing. The article does not explain what “transport conveyances” it is referring to or what the “shell corporation” that is linked to former Prime Minister Stubb is, or how Tiina Wilen-Jäppinen is involved. Nor is there any evidence of this training of children and sending them to America with E2 Visas.
If there things happened, why doesn’t the article link to the evidence? My guess is that Sorcha Faal is just making it up. I despise Alexander Stubb probably the most of all the despicable politicians in Finland, but I still don’t find it appealing to hear someone make false charges against him. Or if the charge holds water, please provide the evidence.
Sorcha Faal also claims that the two reporters who died in the shooting, Katri Ikävalko and Anne Vihavainen, where investigating the human smuggling ring and were killed for it. The newspaper they worked for, Uutisvuoksi, has allegedly sent a request to FSB investigators to find out about the human smuggling operation, and these two reporters were the contacts, or something like that. Yet once again, I’ve seen no evidence of any of this claim.
My Two Cents
I suggest you ignore the whole Sorcha Faal article. I feel dirty for even having discussed it. I almost get the feeling that they read what I wrote on my blog last Sunday on the shooting and tried to pretend my speculation was fact. I did suggest that the two reporters were investigating some sort of scandal, but that was hypothetical possibility. Still is. The fact is, we still don’t know all of the details, but what we do know is that this incident is unusual and suspicious. Like I mentioned in my previous article it’s weird how the suspect did not flee the crime scene after shooting the women. It’s even weirder since he still has refused to talk about it. I won’t buy any claim that he did it because he was crazy. It is not an explanation. If you say he was crazy because he thought the devil was speaking to him and the suspect had to kill three people to appease, or he thought the three women were reptilian shapeshifters, him being crazy is an explanation.
It would appear that Jori Lasonen did do the shooting, if the police have the surveillance footage of it, and several eye-witnesses. The initial reports of the shooting didn’t make sense, since it appeared that the witnesses did not flee after Lasonen started shooting, but it was mentioned somewhere they went inside restaurant Uutisvuoksi and barred the doors. This sounds a bit more reasonable of why the witnesses would remain on the scene. Still, the suspect’s behaviour, or as it has been described in the media, has been highly strange.
The most alarming aspect of this incident for me has been the media, however. Especially YLE. Like I said in my previous article, YLE was instantly pushing a certain narrative of the suspect being insane, and that he chose the victims randomly. They don’t know his motivation, so they do not know whether it was random. YLE even interviewed a psychiatrist indirectly suggesting that Lasonen was insane. Either the media is pushing this narrative of a crazy gunman for a reason, or I suppose it might be that YLE reporters heard rumours of the suspect being mentally unhinged and interviewed the psychiatrist for click-bait revenue. Nevertheless, it’s shoddy reporting at best.
I don’t know what is going with this incident, but I find it suspicious. The media, the behaviour of the suspect. I don’t want to add to the rumour mill like Sorcha Faal did. Yet I do think there is more to this than we see on the surface, but these are just suspicions and hypothetical possibilities.
Imatran joukkosurmasta epäilty vangittiin, mies on pysynyt vaiti – ”Ei ole tavallista, että epäilty ei kerro asioista edes omalle avustajalleen”: http://www.hs.fi/kotimaa/art-2000004897898.html
Imatran kolmoissurmasta epäilty tuli tutuksi yöelämässä -“Hän oli aina ystävällinen ja asiallinen asiakas”: http://www.iltalehti.fi/uutiset/201612062200036733_uu.shtml
Assassination Of Finnish Reporters Investigating Bizarre “Pizzagate” Plot Puzzles Russia: https://archive.is/j2raS
International Migrant Smuggling Ring Busted in Finland: https://archive.is/pfCA4
Kansainvälisen rikollisorganisaation epäillään salakuljettaneen kymmeniä Suomeen Sallan ja Raja-Joosepin kautta: http://www.hs.fi/kotimaa/art-2000002899538.html