Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Who was he?

On the 28th of february, 1986, a man raced up these stairs having completed the murder of Swedens primeminister, Olof Palme.
Who he is, if he worked for any organization or if it was just a killing by random we probably never will know. The police investigation of the murder, that shocked Sweden severly, has been heavily criticized after they neglected several leads.

Palme had visited the cinema with his wife Lisbeth and was walking home late in the evening when he was shot. It may seem unbelivable but the elected leader of our country walked the streets without the need of any bodyguards making him an easy target.

Speculations have been high if foreign interests made the killing, giving that Palme was a very prolific politician abroad.
After the murder, late in the night, the killer ran up the stairs turning left on Malmskillnadsgatan. In the middle you can also see the entrance to the Brunkebergstunne that I showed you yesterdayl.

Sadly Sweden never really learned anything from the killing. Blessed from these things we were once again reminded when a lone psychopath killed our foreign minister, Anna Lindh, on the 11th of september 2002. Nowadays you rarely see any of our top politicians without a bodyguard by their side.


At 2:39 AM, Blogger Louise said...

Does being able to race up those stairs limit the range of suspects? Or are most Swedes that fit! Did the police check the movements of the Olympic athletes of any suspect countries?

At 3:40 AM, Blogger chris.h. said...

I remember that story. I am working on your request by the way--but life is a little mad at the moment--it will be done soon I promise!

At 4:10 AM, Blogger Mark said...

Do you mean they never caught the murderer? If not this is madness!A bit of name dropping here but I once gave the King of Sweden a golf lesson down here in Sainte Maxime.

At 10:25 AM, Blogger Nicola said...

That's a sad story! But I like the style of the stairs.

At 11:43 AM, Blogger IndyFoodie said...

I remember reading about Anna Lindh, but I had not realized her murder was on 9-11-02. hmmmm maybe that is an unlucky day? By the way your photos are wonderful...very nice blog.

At 2:00 PM, Blogger Cameron said...

very sad.

lindh was murdered 2003 though.

At 2:10 PM, Blogger Alex S said...

Oh crap, yeah she was! I forgot. But she did die on the 11th of september.

Louise: Not even sure if it was a Swede that did it!

Chris.h: Looking forward to it but don´t stress mate =)

Mark: You should have given him spelling lessons aswell =D

Nicola and Indyfoodie: Thanks!

At 3:20 AM, Blogger dutchie said...

I both remember Olaf Palme and Anna Lind being murdered. Soon after that Pim Fortuyn was murdered (running for prime minister) and like in your place, our ministers got protection (although i think it wore off already).

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