By Jan Bondeson
The Swedish leading Minister Olof Palme, an immense determine in international politics and an ardent opponent of apartheid, was once shot lifeless at the streets of Stockholm in February 1986. on the time of his demise, Palme was once deeply excited by heart East international relations and was once operating below UN auspices to finish the Iran–Iraq battle. throughout Scandinavia, Palme's killing had an effect just like that of the Kennedy assassinations within the United States―and it ignited approximately as many conspiracy theories. curiosity within the Palme slaying was once so much lately stirred through reviews of the dying of Christer Pettersson, who was once attempted for the homicide two times, convicted the 1st time, after which acquitted on appeal.
In his investigative account of Palme's still-unsolved homicide, the historian Jan Bondeson meticulously recreates the assassination and its aftermath. just like the top works of crime fiction, this booklet places the sufferer and his demise into social context. Bondeson's paintings, even if, is noteworthy for its dispassionate remedy of police incompetence: the police didn't solution a witness’s cellphone name reporting the homicide simply forty five seconds after it happened, and extra time was once misplaced because the police sought to verify that somebody had really been shot. whilst the police arrived at the scene, they didn't even realize the sufferer because the best Minister. This early confusion was once emblematic of the mistakes that have been to follow.
Bondeson demolishes a number of the conspiracy theories which were devised to make experience of the killing, earlier than suggesting a powerful clarification of his personal. an excellent piece of investigative journalism, Blood at the Snow comprises crime-scene pictures and reconstructions that experience by no means earlier than been released and gives a gripping narrative of a criminal offense that surprised a continent.
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If Söderström arrived at 11:25:00 and the first police van at 11:25:10, this would mean that the ambulance arrived about 11:25:35, and thus that the paramedics would have two minutes and fifteen seconds to perform their duties at the scene. Söderström himself said that he heard the police alarm not long after driving off, thus probably between 11:24:30 and 11:24:40. This agrees with the estimated time for the first police van to reach the murder scene: the drive took about thirty seconds (or slightly less), as estimated by the police driver as well as by others, and if the van arrived at 11:25:10 the alarm would have been radioed out at 11:24:40.
Just thirty minutes later, Koci’s second in command, sergeant An- A KILLER ON THE LOOSE 27 ders Thornestedt, “feels unwell” and asks permission to step down: he thinks he is still capable of working as an ordinary radio operator, but asks not to have any responsibility in the hunt for the killer of the prime minister. This leave is granted him, although it means that the person who is at the time the most knowledgeable about the early police response to the murder is left to deal with nonurgent matters for the rest of the night.
This is a spacious room with high-tech computer facilities, specially adapted for serious emergencies and disasters. The problem is, however, that the command center has not been used for quite some time, and none of the officers is able to connect the wiring for the computer terminals. Koci later said that he himself could easily have done it, had he not been tied up by the frantically ringing telephones. For a horrible twenty-five minutes, the radio operators uselessly stand around, waiting for a specialist in police computer equipment to connect the terminals.
Blood on the Snow: The Killing of Olof Palme by Jan Bondeson