In response to these two podcasts at Fakeologist:
Since the subject of Olof Palme came up again, I figured I'd share a little mini rabbit hole I went down when I first heard him mentioned on the audio chat with Patrix and Frolle. I'd never heard of this assassination event before and when I heard the name "Olof Palme" spoken on the podcast, it sounded a lot like "Laura Palmer." And with the mystery involving Palme's death, I immediately thought of the pop culture catchphrase from the TV show Twin Peaks: Who killed Laura Palmer?
And sure enough, "Who killed Olof Palme" had become a sort of catchphrase of its own:
Seeing as Twin Peaks came four years after Palme's assassination, I figured this was either a meaningless coincidence or perhaps David Lynch was consciously or unconsciously influenced by the name when he created Laura Palmer. I also know Lynch practices Transcendental Meditation and has talked extensively about how he "fishes for ideas" by dipping into the "universal consciousness," so perhaps he was somehow influenced that way:
But then I noticed something weird...
When searching for the phrase "Who killed Olof Palme" in Swedish, I stumbled upon this article:
It featured a photo of Leif G. W. Persson, a Swedish criminologist and author who wrote a trilogy of books involving conspiracy theories about the murder of Olof Palme. His Wikipedia page reveals some other dramatic personal connections to Palme:
In 1977, while working at the Swedish National Police Board, Persson was the whistleblower who worked with journalist Peter Bratt in the so-called Geijer Scandal when he confirmed a classified memo sent by then National Police Commissioner Carl Persson to Prime Minister Olof Palme about the alleged ties of the Minister of Justice, Lennart Geijer, to a prostitution ring in Stockholm. Following this affair he was fired from the National Police Board. The string of events almost drove Persson to suicide, but he soon returned as lecturer at Stockholm University. The prostitution ring affair inspired him to write his first novel, Grisfesten. He returned as a professor at the National Police Board in 1992.
In Twin Peaks, FBI Agent Cooper was sent to the town to investigate the death of teen girl Laura Palmer who was involved in a small-time prostitution ring. But again, Lynch could have merely been influenced by Persson's story and the Palme murder. But then there was the specific image of Persson used in the article. It immediately reminded me of someone:
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The long face, the nose, the eyes, the spiky silver hair. Now, of course, I'm not saying they're the same person or even genetically related but the resemblance is pretty damn weird. Like Twin Peaks weird! Here are a couple shots of the two men when they were younger (born roughly 10 months apart):
I dunno. Call it a transcendental synchronicity or call it nothing. I just know the owls are not what they seem!