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Olof Palme

Sweden names suspect in 1986 murder of Prime Minister Olof Palme

Olof Palme

Stig Engström, also known as ‘the Skandia man’, is suspected of having killed Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme. But because he is dead, the 34-year-old investigation will now be closed.

Engström, who worked at insurance company Skandia close to the scene of the murder, was questioned as a witness in the early days of the investigation. But he only emerged as a potential suspect a few years ago.

He died in 2000, which means that he cannot be charged. The investigation will therefore be closed, said Petersson.

Swedish forensic police have tested 788 guns as part of the hunt for the murder weapon, but they have not been able to link one to bullets found at the scene of the murder, said police investigator Hans Melander.

Police started investigating ‘the Skandia man’ as a possible suspect in 2017. His witness statement did not quite fit with other witnesses on the scene, said Melander. At the time of the murder he was mainly dismissed as an unreliable witness who wanted to overstate his own importance, but police now think he killed Palme.


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