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 a long period of time. After a while the younger brother called the police in Stockholm in order for them to go and check on his depressed brother.
On the 12th of August two police officers drove to his apartment to check up on him. The older brother lived in a flat on Tornslingan 37 a street in Trångsund that is part of a small county called Huddinge south of Stockholm. Nobody answered the door when the police rang the doorbell. The police did not give up that easily and yelled “Open up! It is the police!” whilst banging on the door.
After identifying themselves they instantly heard a gunshot. The police kicked in the door and entered the apartment with precaution. The police cleared the apartment and found the 56 year old Christer Andersson dead. He had shot himself with a sporting rifle.
Why did he kill himself?
Did he kill himself because he believed his younger brother had told the police he was depressed? Most likely not. A more likely reason was that he thought that the police was going to take him to the police headquarter Kungsholmen for another interrogation regarding the murder of Olof Palme. He was after all the primary suspect and it had happened five times already in 1995 and once in 1998.
The police did not take further action due to the fact that it clearly was a suicide. The body was removed from the apartment on third floor 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.