Accused Assassin. Pettersson was a suspect in the assassination
of Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme.
On February 28, 1986, Olof Palme was shot and
killed on a street in Stockholm, Sweden, as he left a movie theatre
with his wife. Pettersson who had a history of substance abuse, was
tried and convicted for the murder of Palme. The accused killer was
convicted in 1988 and had only been identified as the killer by
Palme's wife, Lisbet, but the conviction was later overturned and
Pettersson was acquitted.
The police who investigated the killing failed to
find the murder weapon and later had to pay Pettersson a seven figure
compensation award for defamation and for wrongful imprisonment.
Pettersson used his money from the suit to sel his stories to
newspapers. Pettersson died in September 2004 at the age of 57, after
being in a coma for 2 weeks.
Christer Pettersson (April 23, 1947 -
September 29, 2004) was a Swedish criminal who was a suspect in the
1986 assassination of Olof Palme, the Prime Minister of Sweden. In
1988 he was convicted of the murder in district court but acquitted on
appeal the following year.
Pettersson grew up in a middle class family in
Solna outside of Stockholm and later moved to the suburb Sollentuna.
In his youth he attended a theatrical school (Calle Flygares
teaterskola) where he was considered very promising by at least
one of his teachers. However, Pettersson suffered a head injury that
he would never fully recover from. Subsequent to his injury, Petterson
began a period of substance abuse which would eventually force him to
drop out of school.
In 1970, he killed a man in a street of Stockholm,
seemingly without any provocation, in what the Swedish press dubbed
the "bayonet murder". Pettersson was sentenced to prison for
manslaughter for the killing. After his release he continued a life of
petty crime, which financed his alcohol and drug abuse.
Tried for the murder of Olof Palme
On the night of February 28, 1986, the Swedish
Social Democratic Prime Minister Olof Palme was shot and killed in
Stockholm as he walked home from a cinema with his wife, Lisbet Palme.
Pettersson was accused of Palme's murder after an extensive
investigation by the Swedish police. He was picked out from a police
lineup by Mrs Palme. The original tip-off leading to the incrimination
of Pettersson has been described by some as very dubious. Although the
.357-caliber Magnum pistol used to kill Palme was never found,
Pettersson was convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment in 1988.
However, in 1989 he was freed after an appeal court
cited lack of evidence, including the missing murder weapon. It also
questioned the reliability of Mrs Palme's identification. Pettersson
was awarded about $50,000 in compensation for defamation by the police
and for wrongful imprisonment. He quickly spent the money on alcohol
and drugs, but was able to augment his income through selling TV and
newspaper interviews. In some of those interviews – particularly on
TV3 – Pettersson admitted to killing Olof Palme, but his confession
was not treated seriously. On several occasions Pettersson pointed out
that he himself was a "Social Democrat", and liked Olof Palme.
In 1998, the Supreme Court rejected a prosecutor's
appeal to retry Pettersson citing that evidence was not strong enough
to place him at the scene of the shooting.
Coma and death
On September 29, 2004 Pettersson died at the
Karolinska University Hospital after he supposedly fell and suffered a
cerebral haemorrhage. He had been in a coma since September 16, 2004
when he underwent emergency surgery for unspecified head injuries.
Pettersson had reported being harassed by the police on September 15,
the day before he was found with head injuries, with unsubstantiated
rumors circulating that he was a victim of police violence. Pettersson
was buried in his hometown Sollentuna in January 2005.
Shortly before Pettersson was taken to hospital, he
had contacted the son of Olof Palme, Mårten Palme, explaining he had
something to tell the family. Palme said he was willing to meet
Pettersson if he was ready to confess to the murder. But the meeting
did not take place, and what Pettersson had to tell was never
According to a documentary aired on the Swedish
television channel SVT in February 2006, associates of Pettersson
claimed that he had confessed to them his role in Olof Palme's murder,
but with the explanation that it was a case of mistaken identity.
Apparently, Pettersson had intended to kill a drug dealer, dressed in
similar clothing, who often walked along the same street at night. The
show also suggested that there was greater police awareness than
previously acknowledged due to surveillance of drug activity in the
area. The police had several officers in apartments and cars along
those few blocks of Sveavägen but, 45 minutes before the murder, the
police monitoring ceased.
In the light of these revelations, Swedish police
undertook reviewing the Palme case and Pettersson's role. However, in
an op-ed in the newspaper Dagens Nyheter on February 28, 2006,
two senior SVT reporters criticised the TV documentary severely,
claiming that the filmmaker had fabricated a number of statements
while omitting other contradictory evidence.
Both before and after his death, Christer
Pettersson had achieved a certain notoriety as a cult figure, being
portrayed as a victim of society and as a scapegoat in the media. At
the same time he was seen as an outlaw and a rebel, and appeared as an
icon in some subcultures, including music and art.
By Matt Moore - Associated Press
October 18, 2004
Cleared of killing Sweden's prime minister
A petty criminal who was
convicted and later released in the 1986 assassination of Prime
Minister Olof Palme died Sept. 29, leaving unsolved the slaying that
has haunted Sweden for nearly two decades.
Christer Pettersson, who had a history of substance
abuse, died of brain hemorrhaging and organ failure at 57, said Inger
Rosell, a spokeswoman for Karolinska Hospital in Stockholm.
Mr. Pettersson had been in a coma since Sept. 16,
when he underwent emergency surgery for head injuries, and never
regained consciousness. The cause of the injuries was unclear.
He was the only person ever brought to trial for
the Feb. 28, 1986, slaying of Palme, the charismatic leader who was
gunned down as he walked home from a movie theater with his wife. The
killer fled down a dark alley.
The murder of Palme, who protested the Vietnam War,
battled apartheid in South Africa and tried to mediate an end to the
1980-88 Iran-Iraq war, shocked Sweden and cast doubts on its cherished
image as an oasis of tranquility and nonviolence, where even the prime
minister could stroll through the capital without bodyguards.
Mr. Pettersson was picked out from a police lineup
by Palme's wife, Lisbet. Although police never found the .357-caliber
Magnum pistol used to kill the 59-year-old politician, Mr. Pettersson
was convicted and sentenced to life in prison in 1988.
The next year, he was freed after an appeals court
cited a lack of evidence, including the murder weapon. The court also
questioned Lisbet's accuracy in picking him out.
Mr. Pettersson was awarded about $50,000 in
compensation for his time spent in prison, and his lawyer said he was
"marked for life."
In 1998, the Supreme Court rejected a prosecutor's
appeal to retry Mr. Pettersson, ruling that despite claims that he
could be placed at the scene of the shooting, on a busy downtown
Stockholm street, the evidence was not strong enough.
Despite being cleared, Mr. Pettersson once
confessed to shooting Palme.
"Sure as hell it was me who shot (him), but they
can never nail me for it. The weapon is gone," he said in an interview
with Swedish writer Gert Fylking in 2001. He later retracted the
statement and said he was not involved in the killing.
Despite an extensive manhunt, an $8.6 million
reward and more than 14,000 tips, the murder remains unsolved,
generating frustration among Swedes – some of whom compared it to the
assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
Failure to identify a killer has spawned a cottage
industry in conspiracy theories blaming everybody from Kurdish
militants to right-wing Swedish police officers.
Mr. Pettersson was no longer under suspicion, said
chief prosecutor Agneta Blidberg, who leads the still-open Palme
Blidberg said she wasn't sure how long the
investigation would stay active.
Last week, Swedish media reported that Mr.
Pettersson, before he was injured, tried to contact Maarten Palme ,
Olof and Lisbet Palme's son, to discuss the killing. Palme said he was
willing to meet with Mr. Pettersson if he was ready to confess to the
murder, but the meeting never took place.
Last year, Swedes were forced to revisit Palme's
killing after Foreign Minister Anna Lindh was stabbed to death as she
shopped unguarded in a downtown department store.
Unlike the Palme case, Lindh's killer, Mijailo
Mijailovic, was quickly captured and convicted. He was sentenced to
life in prison, but that was later reduced to psychiatric care.
The assassination of Olof Palme (Swedish:
Palmemordet, the Palme murder), the Prime Minister of Sweden, took
place on 28 February 1986 in Stockholm, Sweden, at 23:21 hours Central
European Time (22:21 UTC). Palme was fatally wounded by gunshots while
walking home from a cinema with his wife Lisbet Palme on the central
Stockholm street Sveavägen. The couple did not have bodyguards at the
The murder is still unsolved and a number of
theories as to who carried out the murder have been proposed. Christer
Pettersson, a substance abuser who previously had been convicted of
manslaughter, was convicted of the murder in 1988 after having been
identified as the killer by Palme's wife. However, on appeal to Svea
Court of Appeal he was acquitted. Pettersson died in 2004, legally
declared not guilty of the Palme assassination.
Night of the assassination
Despite Olof Palme's position as prime minister, he
sought to live as ordinary a life as possible. He would often go out
without any bodyguard protection and the night of his murder was one
such occasion. Walking home from the Grand Cinema with his wife Lisbet
Palme on the central Stockholm street Sveavägen, close to midnight on
February 28, 1986, the couple were attacked by a lone gunperson. Palme
was fatally shot in the back at close range at 23:21 CET. A second
shot wounded Mrs Palme.
Police said that a taxi-driver used his mobile
radio to raise the alarm. Two girls sitting in a car close to the
scene of the shooting tried to help the prime minister. He was rushed
to a hospital but was pronounced dead on arrival at 00:06 CET on March
The attacker escaped eastwards on the Tunnelgatan
Deputy prime minister Ingvar Carlsson immediately
assumed the duties of prime minister and as new leader of the Social
Sequence of events
Palme's decision to visit the Grand Cinema was made
at very short notice. Lisbet Palme had discussed seeing a film when
she was at work during the afternoon, and called her son, Mårten
Palme, at 17:00 to talk about the film at the Grand Cinema. Olof Palme
did not hear about the plans until at home, at 18:30, when he met with
his wife, by which time Palme had already declined any further
personal bodyguard protection from the security service. He talked to
his son about the plans on the phone, and they eventually decided to
join Mårten and his spouse, who had already purchased tickets for
themselves. This decision was made about 20:00. The police later
searched Palme's apartment, as well as Lisbet's and Mårten's work
places, for wire-bugging devices or traces of such equipment, but did
not find any.
At 20:30 the Palmes left their apartment,
unescorted, heading for the Gamla stan subway station. Several people
witnessed their short walk to the station and, according to the later
police investigation, commented on the lack of bodyguards. The couple
took the subway train to the Rådmansgatan station, from where they
walked to the Grand Cinema. They met their son and his spouse just
outside the cinema around 21:00. Olof Palme had not yet purchased
tickets which were by then almost sold out. Recognizing the prime
minister, the ticket clerk wanted him to have the best seats, and
therefore sold Palme the theatre director's seats.
After the screening, the Palme family stayed
outside the theatre for a while but separated about 23:15. Olof and
Lisbet Palme headed south on the west side of Sveavägen street,
towards the Hötorget subway station. When they reached the Adolf
Fredrik's Church, they crossed Sveavägen and continued on the street's
east side. They stopped a moment to look at something in a shop
window, continued past the Dekorima shop (now renamed Kreatima) and
headed for the subway station entrance. At 23:21, half the distance
across the Tunnelgatan street and only a short distance from the
station entrance, a man appeared from behind, shot Palme at
point-blank range and fired a second shot at Mrs Palme. The
perpetrator then jogged down Tunnelgatan street, up the steps to
Malmskillnadsgatan and continued down David Bagares gata [street],
where he was last seen.
Thanks to time stamps on records for radio and
telecommunication, many events have been determined with a very high
23:21:30 — The Palme couple are shot.
23:22:20 — The 90000 SOS emergency line receives a
phone call. An eye witness says there is 'murder on Sveavägen', and is
immediately redirected to the police. However the phone call is not
redirected properly and the caller is not put through to the police.
23:23:40 — A Järfälla Taxi switchboard operator
calls directly to the police dispatch center on behalf of one of its
drivers on the scene. He can not, however, give any more details than
that someone has been shot at the corner Sveavägen/Tunnelgatan.
23:24:00 (ca) — The first police patrol arrives at
the scene. Stationed on Kungsgatan, a few hundred feet from the scene,
the patrol is alerted by a second taxi driver who heard the emergency
call via the taxi radio.
23:24:40 — The police dispatch center is contacted
by the SOS alarm central concerning the shooting on Sveavägen. The
dispatch center operator denies knowledge about any such events.
23:24:00–23:25:30 (ca) — A second police patrol, a
patrol wagon, arrives at the crime scene. The patrol was stationed at
Malmskillnadsgatan at the time of murder, not far from the
perpetrator's escape route. They are ordered by the commanding officer
at the scene, Superintendent Gösta Söderström, to immediately take up
the hunt for the perpetrator.
23:25:00 (ca) — A patrolling ambulance is stopped
at the scene and gives immediate assistance to the victims.
23:26:00 — The police dispatch center calls the SOS
emergency center to assure them they are informed about the events on
the Sveavägen/Tunnelgatan intersection.
A third police patrol wagon arrives at the scene;
the patrol was refueling at a gas station when they were called out to
A second ambulance arrives at the scene to assist
their colleagues from the first ambulance.
23:28:00 — The first ambulance leaves the scene,
rushing for the Sabbatsberg hospital with prime minister Olof Palme
and his wife. Mrs Palme, not being severely wounded, refuses to leave
23:30:00 — Superintendent Söderström contacts the
police dispatch center to inform them that it is the prime minister
who has been shot.
23:31:40 — The SOS central is informed that the
ambulance has arrived at the hospital.
00:06:00 — Prime Minister Olof Palme is pronounced
dead at the Sabbatsberg hospital.
00:45:00 — Deputy Prime Minister Ingvar Carlsson
arrives at Rosenbad.
01:10:00 — First radio broadcast about the murder.
04:00:00 — First TV broadcast about the events.
05:15:00 — The government holds a press conference.
Leads from the crime scene
The only leads left by the assassin are two bullets
of the type Winchester-Western .357 Magnum. Both bullets correspond to
the lead fragments found in the clothing of Olof and Lisbet Palme. The
singularly most used weapon for this type of ammunition is the Smith &
Wesson .357, which is why great efforts have been made to try to
locate the murder weapon.
The search for the murder weapon
Throughout the investigation, Swedish police have
test-fired approximately 500 Magnum revolvers. The investigation has
placed particular emphasis on tracking down the ten Magnum revolvers
reported stolen at the time of the murder. Out of these all have been
located except the Sucksdorff revolver, a weapon stolen from the
Stockholm home of Swedish filmmaker Arne Sucksdorff in 1977. The
person who stole the weapon was a friend of drug dealer Sigge
Cedergren, who claimed on his deathbed that he had lent a gun of the
same type to Christer Pettersson two months prior to the
Another weapon that have figured prominently in the
investigation is the so called Mockfjärd gun. This weapon, a revolver
of the type Smith & Wesson Model 28 ("Highway Patrolman") with .357
Magnum caliber, was first purchased legally by a civilian in the
northern Swedish city of Luleå. The gun along with 91 metal piercing
bullets was stolen in a burglary in Haparanda in 1983 and is believed
to have been used in the robbery of a post office in Mockfjärd,
Dalarna that same year. A lead isotope analysis of a bullet fired
during the robbery confirmed it to have the same isotopic composition
as the bullets retrieved from the assassination crime scene, verifying
that the bullets were manufactured at the same time.
In the autumn of 2006, Swedish police acting on a
tip communicated to the Expressen newspaper retrieved a Smith & Wesson
.357 revolver from a lake in Dalarna. The gun was determined to be the
same one used in the post office robbery in Mockfjärd, confirmed by
the gun's serial number. The gun was transferred to the National
Laboratory of Forensic Science in Linköping for further analysis.
However, the laboratory concluded in May 2007 that tests on the gun
could not confirm that it was used in the Palme assassination, as it
was too rusty.
Palme's assassination remains unsolved, with a
number of alternative theories surrounding the murder.
In January 2011 the German magazine Focus cited
official German interrogation records in connection with another
from 2008 as showing that the assassination had been carried out by an
of the Yugoslavian security service.
A Swedish extremist, Victor Gunnarsson (labeled in
the media 33-åringen, "the 33-year-old"), was soon arrested for the
murder but quickly released, after a dispute between the police and
prosecuting attorneys. Gunnarsson had connections to various extremist
groups, among these the European Workers Party, the Swedish branch of
the LaRouche Movement. Pamphlets hostile to Palme from the party were
found in his home outside Stockholm.
Gunnarsson later moved to the United States of
America, where he was murdered. Acquaintances stated he had admitted
Hans Holmér, the Stockholm police commissioner,
followed up an intelligence lead passed to him (supposedly by Bertil
Wedin) and arrested a number of Kurds living in Sweden, after
allegations that one of their organisations, the PKK, was responsible
for the murder. The lead proved inconclusive however and ultimately
led to Holmér's removal from the Palme murder investigation. Fifteen
years later, in April 2001, a team of Swedish police officers went to
interview PKK leader Abdullah Öcalan in a Turkish prison about
Öcalan's allegations that a dissident Kurdish group, led by his
ex-wife, murdered Palme. The police team's visit proved futile.
In 2007, renewed allegations of PKK complicity in
Palme's assassination surfaced during the Ergenekon investigation,
which is ongoing as of October 2008.
In December 1988, almost three years after Palme's
death, Christer Pettersson, a petty criminal, drug user and alcoholic,
who had previously been imprisoned for manslaughter, was arrested for
the murder of Palme. Picked out by Mrs Palme at a lineup as the
killer, Pettersson was tried and convicted of the murder, but was
later acquitted on appeal to the High Court. Pettersson's appeal
succeeded for three main reasons:
The murder weapon had not been found;
He had no clear motive for the killing;
Doubts about the reliability of Mrs Palme's
Additional evidence against Pettersson surfaced in
the late 1990s, mostly coming from various petty criminals who altered
their stories but also from a confession made by Pettersson. The chief
prosecutor, Agneta Blidberg, considered re-opening the case. But she
acknowledged that a confession alone would not be sufficient, saying:
He must say something about the weapon because
the appeals court set that condition in its ruling. That is the only
technical evidence that could be cited as a reason to re-open the
While the legal case against Pettersson therefore
remains closed, the police file on the investigation cannot be closed
until both murder weapon and murderer are found. Christer Pettersson
died on September 29, 2004, after suffering a cerebral hemorrhage
caused by a falling accident onset by an epileptic seizure.
According to a documentary programme broadcast on
the Swedish television channel SVT in February 2006,
associates of Pettersson claimed that he had confessed to them his
role in the murder, but with the explanation that it was a case of
mistaken identity. Apparently, Pettersson had intended to kill a drug
dealer who customarily walked, in similar clothing, along the same
street at night. The programme also suggested there was greater police
awareness than previously acknowledged because of surveillance of drug
activity in the area. The police had several officers in apartments
and cars along those few blocks of Sveavägen but, 45 minutes before
the murder, the police monitoring ceased.
In the light of these revelations, Swedish police
undertook to review Palme's case and Pettersson's role. However, the
newspaper Dagens Nyheter of February 28, 2006 carried articles
ridiculing the TV documentary, and alleging that the filmmaker had
fabricated a number of statements while omitting other contradictory
Apartheid South Africa
On 21 February 1986 — a week before he was murdered
— Palme made the keynote address to the Swedish People's Parliament
Against Apartheid held in Stockholm, attended by hundreds of
anti-apartheid sympathizers as well as leaders and officials from the
ANC and the Anti-Apartheid Movement such as Oliver Tambo. In the
address, Palme said, "Apartheid cannot be reformed, it has to be
Ten years later, towards the end of September 1996,
Colonel Eugene de Kock, a former South African police officer, gave
evidence to the Supreme Court in Pretoria, alleging that Palme had
been shot and killed in 1986 because he "strongly opposed the
apartheid regime and Sweden made substantial contributions to the
De Kock went on to claim he knew the person
responsible for Palme's murder. He alleged it was Craig Williamson, a
former police colleague and a South African superspy. A few days
later, Brigadier Johannes Coetzee, who used to be Williamson's boss,
identified Anthony White, a former Rhodesian Selous Scout with links
to the South African security services, as Palme's actual murderer.
Then a third person, Swedish mercenary Bertil Wedin, living in
Northern Cyprus since 1985, was named as the killer by Peter Caselton,
a member of Coetzee's assassination squad known as Operation
Longreach. The following month, in October 1996, Swedish police
investigators visited South Africa, but were unable to uncover
evidence to substantiate de Kock's claims.
A book that was published in 2007 suggested that a
high-ranking Civil Cooperation Bureau operative, Athol Visser (or
'Ivan the Terrible'), was responsible for planning and carrying out
Olof Palme's assassination.
The 8 September 2010 edition of Efterlyst, Sweden's
equivalent of BBC TV's Crimewatch programme, was co-hosted by Tommy
Lindström, who was the head of Swedish CID at the time of Olof Palme's
assassination. After being asked by Efterlyst's host Hasse Aro who he
believed was behind the assassination of the Prime Minister, Lindström
without hesitating pointed to apartheid South Africa as the number one
suspect. And the motive for this, he said, was to stop the payments
(financed by Soviet Union) that the Swedish government secretly paid,
through Switzerland, to the African National Congress.
Bofors and Indian connection
In his 2005 book Blood on the Snow: The Killing of
Olof Palme historian Jan Bondeson advanced a theory that Palme's
murder was linked with arms trades to India. Bondeson's book
meticulously recreated the assassination and its aftermath, and
suggested that Palme had used his friendship with Rajiv Gandhi to
secure a SEK 8.4 billion deal for the Swedish armaments company Bofors
to supply the Indian Army with howitzers. However, Palme did not know
that behind his back Bofors had used a shady company called AE
Services — nominally based in Guildford, Surrey, England — to bribe
Indian government officials to conclude the deal.
Bondeson alleged that on the morning he was
assassinated, Palme had met with the Iraqi ambassador to Sweden,
Muhammad Saeed al-Sahhaf (the man who would later go on to become
notorious as Saddam Hussein's Information Minister during the 2003
Iraq War). The two discussed Bofors, which al-Sahhaf knew well because
of its arms sales during the Iran–Iraq War. Bondeson suggested that
the ambassador told Palme about Bofors' activities, infuriating Palme.
Bondeson theorised that Palme's murder might have been inadvertently
triggered by his conversation with the ambassador, if either the
Bofors arms dealers or the middlemen working through AE Services had a
prearranged plan to silence the Prime Minister should he discover the
truth and the deal with India become threatened. According to
Bondeson, Swedish police suppressed vital MI6 intelligence about a
Bofors/AE Services deal with India.
The Red Army Faction
The Red Army Faction (RAF) better known as the
Baader-Meinhof Group of Germany claimed responsibility for the
assassination of Palme via an anonymous phone call to a London news
agency. They supposedly assassinated him because he
was the Prime Minister of Sweden during the West German embassy siege
in Stockholm in 1975 which ended in failure for the RAF. They claimed
the assassination was carried out by the 'Holger Meins Commando.'
The Swedish journalist Anders Leopold, in his 2008
book Det svenska trädet skall fällas ("The Swedish Tree Shall Be
Brought Down"), makes the case that the Chilean fascist Roberto Thieme
killed Olof Palme. Thieme was head of the most militant wing of Patria
y Libertad, a far-right political organization, financed by the U.S.
CIA. According to Leopold, Palme was killed because he had freely
given asylum to so many leftist Chileans following the coup that
overthrew Salvador Allende in 1973.
In an article in the German weekly Die Zeit from
March 1995, Klaus-Dieter Knapp presented his view of the assassination
as a result of a conspiracy among Swedish right-wing extremist police
officers. According to this report, the murderer was identified by two
witnesses who happened to be at the scene and who knew the murderer
from previous encounters.
John Ausonius, "the Laser Man", also known as John
Stannerman, was initially one of the suspects but it turned out that
Ausonius had a solid alibi, as he was imprisoned on the night Palme
Trowbridge H Ford, a former US army intelligence
agent now living in Stockholm, among other bloggers, theorizes that
Palme, as the UN mediator seeking an end to the Iran-Iraq war, was
assassinated because he fell afoul of Iran-Contra.
The cost of the investigation stands at SEK 350
million, €38 million or US$45 million as of 25 February 2006.
The total number of pages accumulated during the
investigation is around 700,000. According to criminologist Leif GW
Persson, the investigation is "the largest in global police
The reward for solving the murder is SEK 50
million (approximately €5 million or US$7 million.)
In the 1998 Swedish fictional thriller film The
Last Contract (Sista kontraktet), Palme's assassination was portrayed
as having been planned by a hired assassin. A Special Branch
detective, Roger Nyman (Mikael Persbrandt), is on the trail of the
international hitman (Ray Lambert, played by Michael Kitchen) but
finds his line of inquiry is blocked by senior police officers and the
Swedish establishment. The reason suggested for the murder is the firm
stance taken by Palme in rejecting deployment of nuclear weapons in
Sweden and in rejecting war in general as a solution.
The Last Contract has been favourably compared to
two other thriller films featuring political assassinations: The Day
of the Jackal and Oliver Stone's JFK.
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Summer's Longing and Winter's Cold]. [Stockholm]: Piratförlaget. ISBN
9164200728. ; Leif GW Persson is a Swedish criminologist and, 9 years
prior to the assassination, a member of the Swedish National Police
Board. The book is the thinly disguised story of events leading to the
assassination of Olof Palme. The book has Palme as having been a CIA
agent in his days of student politics but who later turned to work for
the Soviets. Persson cleverly weaves the known facts and theories into
his story and introduces another credible suggestion; that the
assassination was carried out by a hit man hired by a renegade member
of the Swedish Security Service.
The Novak Legacy. ISBN 9780755213214