Atlas Vampire

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Layout of flat and samples of evidence taken from the crime scene, on display at Stockholm's Police Museum

The Atlas Vampire was an unknown assailant who committed the unsolved "Vampire Murder" in Stockholm, Sweden in 1932.[1]

On May 4, 1932, a 32-year-old prostitute, Lilly Lindeström, was found murdered in her small apartment in the Atlas area of Stockholm near Sankt Eriksplan.[2] She had been dead for 2–3 days before police broke into her apartment; she had suffered blunt force trauma to her head. Lilly was found completely naked and face-down on her bed. According to reports, sexual activity had taken place, with a condom found to be protruding from her anus. The detectives noted that a gravy ladle was found at the scene and on further inspection of the body, they realized her body had been drained of all of her blood. Police suspected the implement was used by the perpetrator to drink Lilly's blood.[2] Various clients fell under suspicion but after a lengthy investigation, none were charged with her murder.[3] The murder remains unsolved.[3]

Crime scene[edit]

The case of the Atlas Vampire became a national sensation. On May 4, 1932 Stockholm police discovered the corpse of 32-year-old prostitute Lilly Lindestrom. Lindestrom was a novelty in 1932 Stockholm. Lilly was “call girl” her clients contacted her in order to arrange meetings at her apartment. At the time, Lilly lived in the Atlas neighbourhood of Stockholm, which is known today as Vasastan.[4]

The origins of the nickname[edit]

The killer became known as the Atlas Vampire. Despite the brutality of the crime scene, only a small amount of blood was actually found, thus convincing many that the killer had either drunk it all or stored it in some sort of container.

Facts about the case[edit]

Detectives noted that, judging by the decomposition, Lilly had been dead for a few days prior to being found. Also, it was theorised that Lilly's killer had slept with her before murdering her. This conclusion was reached because police found a used condom hanging from Lilly's anus.

See also[edit]


  • Heed, Börje (1989). Brottsplats Stockholm: kriminalhistorier från sena söndagskvällar i Radio Stockholm. [1] (in Swedish). Stockholm: Sveriges Radio. ISBN 91-522-1683-7.
  • Linnell, Stig (1994). Stockholms spökhus och andra ruskiga ställen (in Swedish) (2nd ed.). Stockholm: Rabén Prisma. ISBN 91-518-2738-7.


  1. ^ Eddy, Cheryl. "Sweden's Most Bizarre Unsolved Murder Was (Maybe) Committed By A Vampire". Gizmodo. Retrieved 2019-08-30.
  2. ^ a b Hellman, Roxanne; Hall, Derek (2011-12-15). Vampire Legends and Myths. The Rosen Publishing Group, Inc. ISBN 9781448859863.
  3. ^ a b Newton, Michael (2009). The Encyclopedia of Unsolved Crimes. Infobase Publishing. ISBN 9781438119144.
  4. ^ "10 Disturbing Facts Of The Atlas Vampire". Listverse. 2018-08-12. Retrieved 2019-11-12.