The Murder of Olof Palme
To my English speaking visitors: Excuse me if there are some language mistakes. Despite my name, I am Danish and was born and raised in Denmark.
Olof Palme’s murderer most likely committed suicide
In August 2008, there was a man in the southern part of Sweden who was worried about his older brother who lived in Stockholm. The brother was depressed and did not answer his phone for some time. After a while the younger brother called the police in Stockholm in order for them to go and check on his depressed brother.
The older brother – Christer Andersson – lived in a flat on Tornslingan 37th street in a small county called Huddinge south of Stockholm.
At 3:23 in the morning on the 13th of August 2008 two police officers drove to his apartment to check up on him.
Nobody answered the door when the police rang the doorbell. The police did not give up that easily and yelled loudly:
“Open up! It is the police!”, whilst banging on the door.
Four minutes later they heard a gunshot. The police kicked in the door and entered the apartment.
Just inside in the hall, they found the 56 year old Christer Andersson dead. He had shot himself with a SAKO Hunter sporting rifle.
Why did Christer Andersson commit suicide?
Did he kill himself because he believed his younger brother had told the police he was depressed?
Or did he more likely think that the police was going to take him to the Police Headquarter at Kungsholmen in Stockholm for another interrogation regarding the murder of the Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme.
He was after all the primary suspect and it had happened five times already in 1995 and once in 1998 and again the 17th of January 2020.
The police did not take further action due to the fact that it clearly was a suicide.
The bullets from the murder place
The latest police questioning took place because the cashier in his shooting club had discovered, that Christer Andersson had bought 5 pieces of ammunition for his Smith & Wesson .357 Magnum revolver. The so called Highway Patrolman.
After that information, it was the police inspector Lennart Gustafsson, who had another interview with Andersson as a prime suspect.
But Lennart Gustafsson dis not hear about his death, before it was too late.
After he had retired, he mailed me at the First of December 2019:
“As You probably understand, then has CA for me as a former criminal investigator in this murder case, been – and continuing is – the most interesting person as the perpetrator concerning the murder of Olof Palme.
It would have been an opening, if we could find that revolver he claimed that he had sold to an unknown person. But actually I don’t think, that he sold his revolver, but hide it for some reason, because he was Olof Palmes killer.”
Lennart Gustafsson is a modesty man.
When he read the suggestions from criminal profiler, the Psychiatrist Ulf Åsgård and Chief Inspector Jan Olsson, then he started to study the many interviews again. They had had a weeks meeting with their colleagues from the FBI Academy in Quatico, Westvirginia.
Because only a few criminal police investigator knew about Andersson, the body was removed from the apartment and it was emptied not long time after.
The flat on 3rd floor was therefore not inspected by Stockholm’s crime scene investigators before his belongings were removed even though they have plenty reasons to do so.
For a period of 10 years prior to the suicide Christer Andersson, not to mistake with Christer Petterson, was the prime suspect in the murder of Sweden’s Prime Minister Olof Palme.
Something went wrong when Christer Andersson shot himself. The fact that he was a suspect in killing Olof Palme was only known by a very small group of detectives. It was unlikely that any of the police officers knew about it. His name was sealed as confidential in secret files so no alarm bells were ringing.
The police detectives assigned to the Palme investigation only heard about the suicide after the apartment had been emptied. Unfortunately at this point it was too late to send a CSI unit to Trångsund to look for technical evidence.