TDISH: Why’d He Do It?

On September 10, 2003, Anna Lindh, the foreign minister of Sweden, was stabbed multiple times as she was shopping in a Stockholm department store.  Lindh, who was 46, was one of Sweden’s most promising politicians and was considered likely to become the next Prime Minister (a first for women).  At first, her assailant escaped the busy store, but he was captured several days later.  The assassin was Mijailo Mijailovic, a Swede of Serbian descent.  Upon his arrest and after his subsequent trail, Mijailovic was silent about his motive for the crime.  It has come to light since then that he was possibly on a hypnotic drug, Flunitrazepam, at the time of the attack and that he was just attacking the first person he recognized as a politician.  Other theories involve Lindh’s support for Sweden’s adoption of the Euro, for which she was scheduled to give a speech the day following the attack.  Unless the killer comes fully clean, we may never know why he killed Anna Lindh.

Featured Image: “Anna Lindh.” By Vesa Lindqvist/Matti Hurme –, CC BY 2.5 dk.
Sources: “Swedish minister dies after stabbing.” BBC News. 11 September 2003.
Anna Lindh killer breaks silence over murder.” The Local. 28 August 2011.

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