Why apartheid’s super-spy can’t get Olof Palme’s ghost off his ...


Why apartheid’s super-spy can’t get Olof Palme’s ghost off his back

Swedish PM’s murder has been a mystery for 33 years, but a researcher says he’s solved it – and proved an SA link

Jonathan Ancer

Is the 34-year-old mystery of the assassination of Swedish prime minister Olof Palme about to be solved? Journalist Jan Stocklassa thinks so and believes SA “super-spy” Craig Williamson is a key suspect in one of the world’s most baffling conspiracies.

Just before midnight on February 28 1986, Palme and his wife Lisbet were walking home along a busy main street in Stockholm after watching Swedish comedy film The Mozart Brothers when a tall man in a dark coat came up behind them and fired a shot into Palme’s back. Palme died before he hit the ground. The assassin then shot at Lisbet, grazing her shoulder, and fled. That night, 32-year-old Stieg Larsson, who worked as an illustrator at a Swedish news agency and would go on to write bestselling crime trilogy The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, became obsessed with the murder.

While the police have been accused of botching the investigation from the get-go, Larsson started his own inquiry, which focused on rightwing extremist groups...

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