Name John Wolfang Alexander Ausonius
Alias The Laser Man
The Bicycle Bank Robber
Wolfang Alexander Zaugg (birth name)
John Wolfang Alexander Stannerman
Gender Male
Birth Date July 12, 1953
Place of Birth Lidingö, Sweden
Job Stock trader
Former taxi driver
Pathology Unclassified Killer
Bank Robber
Sniper (originally)
Vigilante (originally)
Modus Operandi Shooting
No. of Victims 1 killed
1 possible
10 attempted
18+ victimless bank robberies
Status Incarcerated

John Wolfang Alexander Ausonius (born Wolfang Alexander Zaugg), a.k.a. "The Laser Man", is a Swedish murderer and bank robber.

History Edit

Ausonius was born as Wolfang Alexander Zaugg in Lidingö, Sweden and grew up in a working class suburb named Vällingby. His parents were both immigrants; his father was Swiss, while his mother was German. Because of his foreign parentage, he was often bullied by pure-Swedish children, who teased him for having very black hair and brown eyes. Years later, as an adult, he bleached his hair blonde, began using blue contact lenses, and changed his name to John Wolfang Alexander Stannerman. He then later changed it again to John Wolfang Alexander Ausonius. Ausonius went to a private school in Stockholm, called the German School, but dropped out before graduating. He eventually completed his secondary school education in an adult education program. He was later accepted into the Royal Institute of Technology but dropped out after a couple of years due to flunking.

Years later, Ausonius became one of the original suspects in the assassination of Olof Palme, but he could not be linked to the murder as he was incarcerated at the time for multiple counts of assault. While in prison, Ausonius became an acquaintance of Miro Barešić, a Croatian assassin, terrorist, and member of the Croatian National Resistance, who was imprisoned for the murder of the Yugoslav ambassador to Sweden, Vladimir Rolović. Ausonius eventually developed an intense hatred for Communists, social democrats, and immigrants. He quit his job as a taxi driver and started trading in stocks and bonds. His talent in the market earned him a fairly large fortune, resulting in him becoming a yuppie. By the late-1980s, Ausonius owned a luxurious apartment, a Toyota Supra, and a mobile phone, which at the time was a luxury item associated with a wealthy lifestyle. As his fortune was running out due to poor investments and addiction to gambling, he became a bank robber to maintain his lifestyle.

Due to his hatred for immigrants and foreigners, Ausonius started looking for immigrant criminals to kill but later decided to kill any immigrant he encountered, hoping that the killings would scare all immigrants out of Sweden. Despite having knowledge on how to use guns, his personal weapons were of poor quality, due to his modifications, such as sawing off the barrel and the stock of his rifle to make it shorter and fitting a Smith & Wesson revolver with a silencer, which severely damaged the weapon's performance. Between 1991 and 1992, Ausonius shot several foreigners, only managing to kill one of them. The police started a massive manhunt to capture the killer, which was second in size only to the hunt for Palme's killer, the investigation of which Ausonius had previously been considered a suspect. On June 12, 1992, Ausonius was caught during a bank robbery and later assaulted his lawyer in court, resulting in him spending the rest of his trial handcuffed. He was convicted of murder and robbery but was not linked to all of the shootings, though he confessed to all of them in 2000. Ausonius was sentenced to life in prison and incarcerated at the Kumla Prison. He was later transferred to the Österåker Prison, which, ironically, had held Christer Pettersson, another suspect in Palme's assassination.

In 2016, German authorities requested that Ausonius be extradited to Germany for the investigation into the murder of Blanka Zmigrod, a 68-year-old Jewish woman who was shot to death in Frankfurt during an apparent robbery in February 1992. Ausonius was known to have accused Zmigrod of stealing a PDA from him when he ate at the restaurant where she worked the day before she died, and he flew from Frankfurt to South Africa the day after. However, he has denied killing her. He has, however, admitted to owning the kind of gun and ammunition that was used in the murder, but claimed to have sold the gun a week before the crime occurred.

Modus Operandi Edit

Ausonius targeted immigrants of various nationalities living in Sweden. Initially, he used a sawed-off rifle equipped with a laser sight, hence his nickname, to commit the shootings, but later moved to using a Smith & Wesson revolver fitted with a silencer. Ausonius aimed for his victims' faces and heads, but due to the poor quality of his weapons and amateur modifications, the bullet's trajectory was deviated, causing him to miss them or mostly shoot them in non-fatal areas.

Known Victims Edit

  • Unspecified dates: Committed at least eighteen victimless bank robberies
  • 1991:
    • August 3: David Gebremariam, 21 (an Eritrean; shot in the back; survived)
    • October 21: Shahram Khosravi, 25 (an Iranian; shot in the face; survived)
    • October 27: Dimitrios Karamalegos (a Greek; shot twice in the stomach; survived)
    • November 1: Heberson Vieira Da Costa (a Brazilian; shot once in the head and several times in the stomach; survived)
    • November 8: Jimmy Ranjbar (an Iranian; shot and critically wounded; died the following day)
  • 1992:
    • January 22: Erik Bongcam-Rudloff (a Chilean; shot in the head; survived)
    • January 23:
      • Charles Dhlakama (a Zimbabwean; shot in the chest; survived)
      • Two unnamed men (both Somalians; shot; survived)
    • January 28: Isa Aybar (a Turk; shot four times in the head and arm; survived)
    • January 30: Hasan Zatara (a Palestinian; shot in the head; survived, but was paralyzed by the bullet)
    • February 23, Frankfurt, Germany: Blanka Zmigrod, 68 (possibly; a Jew; shot in the head with a 6.35 mm hollowpoint bullet; her handbag was also stolen)

On Beyond Borders Edit

Ausonius's nationalism, hatred towards immigrants and foreigners in Sweden, and motives for committing the shootings seem to have been used as some inspiration for Giannis Petrou, a Greek nationalist and serial killer by proxy who appeared in Pankration. Though Giannis did not kill his victims directly, his motive for committing his crimes and disposing of their bodies in public locations as a warning to other immigrants and foreigners in Greece can be easily compared to Ausonius's hope that his shootings would force immigrants and foreigners to leave Sweden.

Sources Edit

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