Lilly Lindeström

The Mysterious Death of Lilly Lindeström: Sweden’s Most Bizarre Murder Caused by Vampires?

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During the 1930s, a woman by the name of Lilly Lindeström would walk the streets at night in hopes of exchanging money for sex or company. The 32-year-old prostitute spent her days entertaining clients in her tight little apartment located in the Atlas neighborhood in Stockholm, Sweden.

But on May 4, 1932, Lilly would never make it out her dingy home alive.

The Mysterious Death of Lilly Lindeström at the Hands of the Atlas Vampire

There is little information about the Atlas Vampire murder, so-called after the neighborhood where Lilly Lindeström was murdered. The apartment was located a stone throw away from Sankt Eriksplan, a popular square in Stockholm. With a location at the heart of the city, you would think that the case could at least have some witnesses. But all the reports seemed to blatantly state was the gruesome nature of the crime scene, and no reliable witnesses came forward during the entire investigation.

Lindeström’s corpse was discovered by her downstairs neighbor and friend Minnie Jansson, who happened to also be the last person to see her alive. Like Lindeström, Jansson moonlighted as a prostitute, so she regularly stopped by to ask for condoms. So when Lindeström did not show up the next day, she began to worry. Jansson quickly alerted authorities who in turn made a shocking discovery.

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Atlas Vampire Murder

Gruesome scene

Lilly Lindeström had been dead for approximately three days when authorities broke into her apartment. The cause of death was listed as “forced trauma to her head.” You can read the rest of the police report below.

“Lilly’s body was face down on her bed. She was naked, and her clothes were neatly folded on a chair next to the body. It was clear to the police that Lilly had been dead for 2 or 3 days, and furthermore Lilly had engaged in sexual activity right before being murdered, as police found a used condom still in Lilly’s anus.”

Perhaps the most disturbing part of the report was revealed later in the investigation. Turns out that Lindeström wasn’t just hit in the head, all the blood in her body had been drained as well. On her neck and body were traces of saliva. Police also uncovered a bloodstained gravy ladle in the room, which was thought to have been used to drink the victim’s blood. After releasing the details to the public, the notorious Atlas Vampire got its name.

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Suspects and aftermath

Despite the saliva sample retrieved from the scene, authorities were unable to determine who the perpetrator was. A number of Lily’s regular clients were brought in for questioning and the entire neighborhood complied with the investigations—but to no avail. To this day, the death of Lilly Lindeström remains a cold case, and the identity of the Atlas Vampire might forever be a mystery.

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