Stig Engström

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Person.png Stig Engström  Rdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
(graphic designer)
Skandia man.jpg
BornStig Folke Wilhelm Engström
26 February 1934
Died26 June 2000 (Age 66)
Supposed perpetrator ofOlof Palme/Assassination

Stig Engström (26 February 1934 – 26 June 2000) was a Swedish graphic designer who had initially been treated by the police as an eyewitness of the assassination in February 1986 of Olof Palme, then as a potential suspect. In line with Swedish media reporting practices of not disclosing the names of suspects, Engström was dubbed the 'Skandia man', since he arrived at the crime scene from the nearby head office of the Skandia insurance company, where he had been employed from 1968 until his death in 2000.

Suspected perpetrator

On 10 June 2020, at a digital press conference in Stockholm, Krister Petersson of the Swedish Prosecution Authority named Stig Engström as the suspected perpetrator and announced his decision to discontinue the investigation into the murder of Olof Palme:[1]

“As the person is deceased, I cannot bring charges against him and have decided to discontinue the investigation. In my opinion, Stig Engström is the prime suspect. My assessment is that, after over 34 years, it is difficult to believe that any further investigation would provide us with any new details and therefore I believe we have come as far as one could expect.

“This concerns, among other things, the descriptions provided of Stig Engström which correspond well with several witness statements. His own statement concerning his actions during the period of time the crime was committed does not reconcile with statements provided by others. The evidence strongly suggests he was at the crime scene, but in a completely different role than the one he wished to present. All in all, there are a number of circumstances that point to Engström.

"Had the current Palme investigation group been in charge 34 years ago, Stig Engström would have been remanded in custody had he been unable to provide satisfactory explanations for his movements and actions. My assessment is that there would have been sufficient evidence to have him detained in custody.”[2]

Truly disappointing

Intel Today reports:

At 9:30 a.m. this morning, Krister Petersson (the case’s chief prosecutor), announced that the case is closed because the ‘main suspect’ Stig Engström had died in 2000.

The press conference was truly disappointing. For months, investigators had promised to tell who killed Olof Palme.

But in truth, they just recalled the long list of suspects. They have no actual evidence against any of them.

They added that the main suspect died 20 years ago, and thus they are closing the investigation. This is not going to be accepted by the Swedish people.

Engström, who was one of some 20 people who witnessed the assassination, killed himself in 2000.

"Too much of a coward"

In 2018, his ex-wife told the Expressen newspaper that she had been questioned by detectives in 2017.

At the time she said the suspicion of his guilt was out of the question:

“Stig Engström was too much of a coward. He wouldn’t harm a fly,” she said.[3]

Bull in a china shop

Journalist Olle Minell interviewed Stig Engström for the Proletären magazine as long ago as 1989. The article begins:

"Hans Holmér used to refer to Engström as a "bull in a china shop" but his nickname is "Skandia man". He was one of the first to arrive at the murder scene at the intersection of Sveavägen / Tunnelgatan on 28 February 1986 - a maximum of 10 seconds after the shots hit Olof Palme's back, at 23.21.20."[4]

Minell did not believe Engström was the killer but could have been part of a plot to kill Palme. Minell pointed out that Engström's boss in Skandia, Alvar Lindencrona, was the leader of the Swedish part of the NATO stay behind network, which would be activated in case of a Soviet occupation. And Swedish politician Sven Aspling, who was also involved with constructing the stay behind network and liaising with the CIA, was the last person Olof Palme spoke to on the phone on 28 February 1986, just before the Prime Minister and his wife left for the cinema.[5][6] Minell concluded that Engström's conflicting statements and evasive actions might have been a cover for a trail leading from the right-wing Säpo security police straight into Sweden's deep state apparatus.[7][8]


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