Stieg Larsson’s Legacy (book)

Edition 28 December 2018, by Jeroen Spangenberg

– Prime Minister Olof Palme from Sweden assassinated in 1986 ,
– Jan Stocklassa researched the archive of Stieg Larsson and finished his legacy.

Stieg Larsson was a bestselling author, who died in 2004 at the age of 50, writing crime novels selling millions of copies. He founded his own magazine called Expo with the goal of combating ideologies such as racism, anti-Semitism and far right movements in general. Stieg Larsson had the task of researching the murder on Olof Palme and he saw a potential link with right wing extremists and the South African secret service. Some time after the murder on Olof Palme a drugaddict, Christer Pettersson was captured and convicted, but after appealing the verdict he was released on 12 October 1989 due to lack of evidence. As a result nobody was ever convicted for the murder on Olof Palme. Jan Stocklassa visited the archive of Palme and stumbled on many documents and names and organizations of people who might have been involved. After reading this book it is possible to assume that Stocklassa is perhaps a conspiracy theorist that is searching for answers while it is not really clear what has happened. After the writer got divorced from his wife, he sought refuge in this research project for years, he admitted.

Nonetheless, the book is exciting, it is a book that one wants to finish in a breath. Because it is interesting to try to solve the puzzle. Stocklassa had to sift through false testimonies and vague statements from bystanders, on that basis he put down the facts in his best capacity. At the end of the book there is no clear conclusion which might be a bit disappointing. Although, Alf, Thedelin and Wedin the prime suspects of the book, might indeed have played some role. Jan Stocklassa went really far to get a confession out of them, although that didn’t work. Did Stocklassa go too far, did he breach the law? Or was it justified what he did, since some of the facts did indeed point towards a conspiracy between right wing and other racist organizations such as the South African secret service. The latter was quite professional in dealing with adversaries. Moreover, there were clear indications that Palme’s stance on anti-apartheid and his support for opposition movements, was not appreciated by the apartheid regime. It is easy to fall into speculation and see links were there might or might not be any links. If you want to solve the puzzle you need to read it and most likely it is still puzzling afterwards, that is what makes this book a very good read. A comparison could be drawn with Kennedy, we know there was more to it, but we don’t know precisely what.