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'I know who killed Palme': Eva Rausing

'I know who killed Palme': Eva Rausing

Published: 28 Aug 2012 17:10 GMT+02:00
Updated: 28 Aug 2012 17:10 GMT+02:00

Rausing first told journalist Gunnar Wall of her suspiciosn in an email in June 2011. The email had as its subject line “I know who killed Olof Palme”.

“Of course I was surprised and a bit suspicious at first,” Wall told daily Dagens Nyheter (DN).

On Tuesday the correspondence between Wall and Rausing was handed over to the deputy chief prosecutor Kerstin Skarp, according to the paper.

“My name is Eva Rausing and I am married to Hans K Rausing and I recently found out from my husband, whom I have been married to for 20 years, that XX was behind the murder of Olof Palme. My husband had found out by coincidence many years ago and it affected him very, very badly. I think I know where the murder weapon is hidden”, Rausing wrote according to DN.

Eva Rausing told Wall that the motive for Palme’s death had been strictly financial. The businessman who was behind the deed had thought that “Palme was a threat to his business and he didn’t want to lose it”.

She also said she feared the man greatly.

“I am afraid of XX. He is not a good man but I would never tell any of this if it wasn’t true.”

Wall and Rausing exchanged several more emails over the course of three weeks before she ceased to answer.

Although the emails show that Rausing wavered in her belief that it was the businessman who was behind the murder of Palme, and despite admitting that some of what she wrote in her emails came from “visions” she had had, she kept referring to information she had been given by her husband.

"Don´t forget to investigate if I should suddenly die! Just joking I hope," Rausing wrote to Wall in one of her later emails.

Wall told DN that he didn’t really take seriously Rausing’s fear that she could be in danger because of what she knew about Palme’s murder.

“Her information about a Swedish businessman wasn’t completely incredible as Palme did have some rather fierce antagonists in private industry. At the same time her theory wasn’t any more credible than all the other similar tips I have received over the years, and in the end the whole thing was just left to lie while I was busy with something else,” Wall told DN.

“When I heard she had died one year later and that police were suspicious that she might have been murdered, I asked myself if I had underestimated her worry and her information.”

The autopsy however showed that Rausing died of an overdose and her long lasting drug addiction was no secret, but finding her dead, husband Hans Kristian had hidden her body under a heap of clothes in a sealed room for 57 days, carrying on like normal.

She was finally buried in New York on August 9th and her husband pleaded guilty to the charges of preventing the burial of his wife, was given a suspended sentence, and is currently being treated in a rehab clinic in London.

When British police searched Eva Rausing’s computer they found information regarding Swedish Prime Minister Palme’s unsolved murder from 1986.

There are indications that Eva Rausing tried to establish contact with the Palme group as early as 2010, but that they then did not find her story credible, according to the paper.

Last week Swedish media reported how uncorroborated sources had revealed that the Palme group in Sweden had decided to question Hans Kristian Rausing.

Deputy Chief Prosecutor Skarp however, does not want to disclose too many details about the information from Eva Rausing.

“We have had some information from the UK and she did contact the group previously, but I don’t want to elaborate on what we are focussing on next,” Skarp told newspaper Aftonbladet.

Olof Palme, prime minister and leader of the Social Democratic party, was gunned down by an unapprehended assailant on a street in Stockholm in February 1986. His murder has not yet been solved.

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20:43 August 28, 2012 by Osk
We already know who killed him - Trowbridge has told us.
15:05 August 29, 2012 by BerntCarlsson
Opening sequence of 'PALME' Film Trailer (which is premiered on 14 September 2012) shows David Frost asking Sweden's PM Olof Palme: "What would you like your obituary to say?"

On 28 February 1986 Olof Palme was assassinated. A decade later, South African superspy Craig Williamson was named as the murderer. However, Williamson has never been charged for the crime.
15:45 August 31, 2012 by tadchem
It seems that the police need to find out what Hans Kristian knows - while HE is still alive.
18:05 August 31, 2012 by CJ from Sunshine Desserts
Funny business, after all politicians come & go ...even Thatcher went, the Bush family...etc....so why even bother killing them..they fade into obscurity & at worse write a terrible book of memoirs or get some post like Blair .....whatever happened to Göran Persson for example...OK don`t encourage him..stay wherever you are GP & DFCB !
18:38 September 1, 2012 by BerntCarlsson
@Trowbridge H. Ford There is ample evidence to charge Craig Williamson for Olof Palme's murder (see this extract from an article published 30 August 2012 on Facebook):

OLOF PALME ELIMINATED BY APARTHEID SOUTH AFRICA

On 21 February 1986, Sweden's Prime Minister Olof Palme made the keynote speech at the opening session of the 'Swedish People's Parliament Against Apartheid' which was held in Stockholm and attended by hundreds of anti-apartheid sympathizers as well as leaders and officials from the ANC such as Oliver Tambo.

In his speech, Olof Palme declared: "Apartheid cannot be reformed, it has to be eliminated" (reproduced in a 1986 poster by Cuban artist Rafael Enriquez). One week later, on 28 February 1986, Olof Palme was fatally wounded by gunshots while walking home from a cinema in central Stockholm with his wife Lisbet Palme, who was shot in the shoulder.

Apartheid's elimination eventually took place in May 1994 with the election of President Nelson Mandela in South Africa. But it would be another two years (September 1996) before evidence finally emerged that Sweden's Olof Palme had in fact been murdered (eliminated) by the apartheid regime's 'superspy' Major Craig Williamson.

APARTHEID 'SUPERSPY' FINGERED FOR PALME MURDER

Craig Williamson, the most successful secret agent of South Africa's former apartheid government, has admitted eliminating a number of that regime's domestic opponents. Now he stands accused of involvement in the murder of one of its most prestigious foreign critics, Sweden's Prime Minister Olof Palme, opening up a whole new dimension to the case that has shocked and puzzled Swedes for a decade.

Giving evidence in the Pretoria Supreme Court Thursday, former police colonel Eugene de Kock said the killing of Palme, gunned down by an unknown assailant in Stockholm, was one of Williamson's projects. Sweden's Deputy Foreign Minister Pierre Schori said Sweden was taking the allegations seriously: "Dictatorships such as those experienced in Chile and South Africa saw Palme as a terrible enemy."

De Kock, former head of the South African secret police, was convicted last month on 89 charges, including six of murder. He is giving evidence in mitigation of his sentence, and has promised that he "won't go down alone" for his crimes.
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