‘Mind Hunter’ and the Olof Palme murder case


TV-viewers of ‘Mind Hunter’ on the Netflix Channel, know the character Bill Trench played by Holt McCallany.

But fewer knows, that the character behind Bill Trench is the FBI-agent Robert Ressler, who was a former colonel in The US military Police Corps.

Robert Ressler.
Robert Ressler, FBI.

He played a major role, when the serial killer Ted Bundy was arrested and later convicted.

And probably no one knows, that Robert Ressler was a consult for a Swedish Parliamentary Commission, which aim was to look over how the Swedish police had managed the investigation of the murder of Prime minister Olof Palme.

“Olof Palmes killer was not professional…”

The Parliamentary Commission published it’s work in 1999, and here anyone could read Robert Ressler’s view on the murder case:

“A Smith & Wesson 347 Magnum revolver with a six thumbs barrel is totally out of context of anything which an organized group would use.

It indicates an amateur.”

One of the reasons was the noise such a weapon makes.

It draws attention to the murder place – and actually it really did!

14 witness were soon at the spot.

A professional weapon.

Ressler then explains, that a professional would use a smaller pistol with a muffler.

One shot at the body…

A Gestapo snitch is shot with 3 bullets in his head by a Danish policeman, who had gone ‘underground’.

Robert Ressler also argued, that it was not professional to fire only one shot at the victims body.

He shares opinion with the Danish resistance movement in WW2.

They killed around 400 Gestapo-informers, and they always ended with one or more bullets against the victim’s head.

They called it “to puncture the snitch”.

Two shot towards Lisbeth Palme

The murderer also shot one bullet against Lisbeth Palme.

It gave her a minor injury:

Robert Ressler:

“It had been easy to kill her, and from his point of view she was a main witness.

But a disorganized killer is only concentrated on his main issue. At that point he had kind of blown his bubble.”

The crime scene

Robert Ressler:

“The crime scene was from a professional killers point of view a bad place, because it was not a place he controlled.”

Swedish press and the FBI

How did the Swedish press react to Robert Ressler’s information?

With total silence.

And why?

Because we in Sweden we are more cleverer than anybody else.

Even the FBI.

Only one thing is more crazy, and that is that I, a Dane, is thinking, that I can figure anything sensible out about it.

Only if I had been a Norwegian, it would worse! 🙂 🙂 🙂

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