'I know who killed Olof Palme,' Tetra Pak billionaire's late wife claimed
This Nov. 26, 1996 file photo shows Eva Rausing, right, and her husband Hans Kristian Rausing at Winfield House, London. AP photoThe late wife of Tetra Pak billionaire Hans Kristian Rausing, Eva Rausing, claimed she knew who was behind the 1986 assassination of Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme, the Daily Mail reported today.
Eva Rausing reportedly told Swedish journalist Gunnar Wall about her suspicions regarding the Palme assassination in a series of emails, starting in June 2011. She reportedly said a businessman was behind the killing.
Eva Rausing said the businessman thought that "Palme was a threat to his business and he didn't want to lose it." She also told Wall, "Don't forget to investigate if I should suddenly die! Just joking, I hope."
The decaying body of Eva Rausing, 48, was found in July 2012 under a pile of trash bags at the London home she shared with her husband. Examinations showed she had died of a drug overdose as early as May, and her widower was given a 10-month suspended prison sentence after admitting to "preventing the lawful and decent burial" of her body.
Scotland Yard reportedly confirmed yesterday night that they have passed on the details found on the woman's computer concerning the killing of Palme to the Swedish authorities.
The emails between Eva Rausing and Wall emerged in an interview Wall gave to Sweden's Dagens Nyheter newspaper. Wall said the first email she received from the woman had the sentence "I know who killed Olof Palme," as its subject line.
The email went on to read: "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."
Palme was shot in the back and killed by a lone attacker as he walked home with his wife from the cinema in Stockholm on the night of Feb. 28, 1986. A number of theories emerged as to who killed Palme, including a theory which claimed that the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) was behind the assassination.
Palme's murder remains unsolved as of today.