Deaths Elsewhere

Deaths Elsewhere

September 30, 2004

Christer Pettersson, 57, a petty criminal who was convicted and later acquitted in the 1986 assassination of Prime Minister Olof Palme, died yesterday, leaving unsolved the slaying that has haunted Sweden for nearly two decades.

Pettersson, who had a history of substance abuse, died at a Stockholm hospital of a brain hemorrhage and organ failure after surgery two weeks ago for head injuries.

He was the only person ever brought to trial for the Feb. 28, 1986, slaying of Palme, who was gunned down as he walked home from a movie theater with his wife.

The murder shocked Sweden and cast doubts on its cherished image as an oasis of tranquillity and nonviolence.

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