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FILE - This is file photo of Sture Bergwalls, taken on Apr. 15, 2012.    Once considered Sweden’s worst serial killer, Sture Bergwall confessed to more than 30 murders over three decades, and was convicted of eight of them. Years later, he changed his mind and said his ghastly tales of slaughter, rape and even cannibalism were all lies, spawned by loneliness, a desire for attention and heavy medication. In what’s become a major embarrassment for the Swedish justice system, Bergwall’s convictions are now being overturned one by one. Courts that once found his chilling descriptions of the victims and the murder scenes enough proof to convict him now realize they may have been duped by a compulsive liar. “This is the justice scandal of the century,” Bergwall, 62, told The Associated Press by telephone from a psychiatric hospital where he’s been held since 1991. Five of his murder convictions have already been annulled. On Friday, Feb. 1, 2013, a court in northern Sweden ordered retrials in the remaining two cases: the 1976 death of 15-year-old boy whose remains were found 17 years later, and the fatal stabbings of a Dutch couple in 1984. (AP Photo/Yvonne Asell, File) SWEDEN OUT NO SALES EDITORIAL USE ONLY

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