Just as the Millennium couple Mikael Blomqvist and Lisbeth Salander, but for real? No, perhaps not. But after the assassination of Olof Palme on February 28thjournalist Stieg Larsson and his partner Eva Gabrielsson began researching the motives behind the murder after finding that several circumstances pointed at the Swedish extreme right.
“It happened straight away after the murder. Stieg was on to it very quickly”, says Eva Gabrielsson as we meet in a café close to Hornstull.
It became a joint work. Stieg Larsson spent a lot of time on the case, Eva Gabrielsson helped out as much as she could.
“The first year after the murder we spent a large part of our free time trying to connect things, go out and check addresses, who lived where and such things”, Eva Gabrielsson says.
Together they were mapping addresses, telephone numbers, post office boxes and suspicious characters within right wing extremism that had connections to flats in the vicinity of the place of murder. Stieg Larsson also collected letters from Anders Larsson who had been warning The Secret Service of the murder, from Pierre Schori and from the author Sven Ove Hansson.
“We were quite upset by this murder, particularly since we thought that things pointed at the extreme right – in some country, somehow. That was the most plausible- And Stieg studied Bertil Wedin, at Craig Williamson from South Africa and several others.”
Later, in a document, given to the Police by Stieg Larsson, Bertil Wedin was named, i.a. because of his contacts with the South African super spy Craig Wiliamson. He was in Sweden at the time of the murder.
Eva Gabrielsson also says that the Security Police interviewed Stieg Larsson in connection with the Palme murder. That was when Stieg Larsson worked for the News agency TT.
“I know that the Secret Police were in the TT office to speak with him about the Palme murder. That was when TT had its office at Kungsholmstorg, but I don’t know for sure when it was. They had come to hear from him about the different National Socialist connections they were interested in”.
I remember this because he came home absolutely pissed off. You see, the Police guys had opened the meeting by asking Stieg about connections between Socialists and National Socialists. Of course there were none.
How did it go?
“Well…I remember this because he came home absolutely pissed off. You see, the Police guys had opened the meeting by asking Stieg about connections between Socialists and National Socialists. Of course there were none.”
Stieg was not impressed by the Secret Police?
“He thought they were idiots, those two guys. Stieg had to start the whole session with a short lecture about the difference between Nazis and Socialists. Then they put some questions about these groups that Stieg was very knowledgeable about.”
Why did you and Stieg become so engaged in this?
“Because we were in the know. And if there were connections to the extreme right in this murder thenthat was a under-cover threat against society that was terrible. How far could they go? I was really an attack on democracy and then that could lead to an attack on anyone who voiced an opinion, investigated something or wrote something that these forces disliked.”
Stieg Larsson did not close any doors in this matter for as long as he lived. There were new pieces in the jigsaw puzzle surfacing all the time, Eva Gabrielsson remembers.
But the work was concentrated around the South African Connection, Bertil Wedin and the South African Security Service. Ten years after the murder Stieg Larsson wrote a couple of long pieces for the British anti-racist magazine Searchlight.
“Apartheid Regime linked to Olof Palme Assassination” was the headline in the magazine and it dealt a lot with Craig Williamson and Bertil Wedin.
Do you think that this murder case will ever be solved?
Eva Gabrielsson is silent for a long while, looks out across the street and then answers:
“I think it should be possible. There must be material in this huge inquiry which – if you are smart enough to put it together correctly – shows something else than Christer Pettersson”.