Originally posted by Hellmutt
Did Stig Bergling pull the trigger?
Originally posted by Ghaele
I belive it was mossad that was behind it. Palme loudly voiced his support for PLO.
Reports at the time claimed that Palme was having an affair with British/American millionairess Emma Rothschild and that it could have been through this that his movements were monitored. One police theory was that the assassin and his back-up could have gained knowledge about Palme's movements by tapping her phone.
One report claimed that Swedish detectives were seeking to interview Emma Rothschild when they received instructions from high places not to pursue this line of enquiry. Palme's alleged affair with Emma Rothschild was, according to political sources, "a public secret" in Stockholm, in government, diplomatic and media circles.
Ten months after the killing, at least 12 top detectives investigating the case resigned. According to a Swedish intelligence source, police claimed "political pressure" was being exerted, to block progress of the investigations. The Swedish government, it was claimed, was "terrified" of the international consequences should the police name the assassin and "reveal the forces behind him."
He was employed at SÄPO, the Swedish Security Service, and worked in the surveillance department.
On December 7, 1979 he was convicted in Sweden and sentenced to life in prison for treason.
On October 6, 1987 while on leave from the correctional institution in Norrköping, Sweden, he and his wife, Elisabeth, managed to escape.
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 gunman. Palme was fatally shot in the back at close range at 23:21 CET. A second shot wounded Mrs Palme.
Originally posted by Hellmutt
Wikipedia: Christer Petterson (in english)
Pettersson had reported being harassed by the police on September 15, the day before he was found with head injuries, with rumors (unsubstantiated) circulating that he was a victim of police violence.
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 revealed.
Published: October 14, 1987
Prime Minister Ingvar Carlsson has called the escape ''extremely serious'' and has ordered a top-level investigation into the affair, saying it underlined significant flaws in police operations and the penal system. Palme Killing Still Unsolved
The Bergling affair is another setback for Sweden's longstanding reputation as a nation of thoroughness and efficiency. In particular, it is an embarrassment for the Swedish police and security forces, who have still not solved the assassination of Prime Minister Olof Palme in February 1986.
Because of a mix-up, there was a delay of another 10 hours before a national police alert was issued and border authorities were notified.
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.
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.