Can we link Christer A to the Palme crime scene?

To leading investigators and profilers, Christer A was prime suspect number one in the murder of Olof Palme. However, it never came to an arrest. Christer A took his own life in 2008. The documentary The Palme Assassination: The Lost Trail tells the story of this Christer A. There are many leads pointing towards him. Yet critics believe he cannot be linked to the crime scene. But there is a simple reason for that, as we explain below.

If people dismiss the Christer A trail, it is because he has not been recognized as someone who was present at the murder scene. That would be a strong case if witnesses had been confronted with A, either in person or through a photo or video. The police did this with other suspects such as Victor Gunnarsson, Christer Pettersson and Stig Engström.

This never happened with Christer A. No witness was ever asked by police if he or she had seen A that night. It is now too long ago to do so as yet. No identification is reliable after 38 years.

No photo

So, in effect, you simply cannot argue that Christer A was not recognized by any witness. For that you have to ask a witness first. He was not a local celebrity that people spontaneously came up with. And even indirectly, through the media, he could not have been identified, because the Swedish media has so far never published a photo that shows him recognizably.

For what it is worth: police officers who did meet him, as well as Christer’s acquaintances and family members, claim that he perfectly matched the perpetrator’s description.

No alibi

We have no hard evidence that he was standing on the corner of Tunnelgatan and Sveavägen in Stockholm at 11:21 p.m. on February 28, 1986. But there is plenty of evidence that he could have been there, and that he was there at other times with one hundred percent certainty. He even had an unusual interest in this place.

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At the time of the murder, A was living in Stockholm, within walking distance of the crime scene, alone in an apartment. He admitted that at the time he regularly walked along Sveavägen, the road along which Palme was murdered. But not on the night of the murder, he told police. At the time he had a severe flu and did not get out of bed.

That alibi was undermined shortly thereafter by his brother. The latter claimed that Christer had helped him moving on or the day before February 28, 1986. The brother had not noticed any illness. Nor had Christer visited a doctor. It led to an argument between the brothers when they later met. In later interrogations, Christer seemed to have completely forgotten that he had the flu on the night of the murder, and claimed that he simply had been in bed.

Back to Sveavägen

Not only did he often walk along Sveavägen, he also had his favorite lunchroom there. In the years after the murder, and possibly before, he drank coffee about twice a week at a lunchroom directly across from the murder scene. Many people have a favorite place, so that doesn’t seem unusual. Until you know A’s circumstances. For as of the summer of 1987, he was living outside Stockholm. To drink that coffee, he had to travel an hour each way. Back and forth by public transportation, because he did not own a car.

Later he would live in a place without bus or train service in the immediate area, which added another brisk walk to the trip. Still, he kept traveling to Stockholm for that coffee. He had a thing for it.

He interrupted his frequent visits in 1995, the year the police began to take a serious interest in him. Until February 28, 1996, exactly ten years after the murder. That day he visited Stockholm, walked past the crime scene and went back into the lunchroom.

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