Dagmar Hagelin

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Dagmar Hagelin
Born (1959-09-29)September 29, 1959
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Disappeared January 27, 1977 (aged 17)
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Cause of death Murdered
Residence Villa Bosch, Argentina
Ethnicity Swedish Argentine
Known for Murder victim
Parent(s) Ragnar Hagelin (father)

Dagmar Hagelin (September 29, 1959 - disappeared on January 27, 1977) was a 17-year-old Swedish-Argentine girl who disappeared during the Dirty War on January 27, 1977 and is presumed to have been arrested by security forces in El Palomar, Buenos Aires,[1] Argentina, and murdered in a case of mistaken identity.[2] Dagmar's father, Argentine- Swedish businessman Ragnar Hagelin has ever since worked to have the responsible people put to justice, accusing Alfredo Astiz.[3]

Hagelin and Svante Grände are the two known Swedish victims of the Dirty War during Argentina's military regime.[4]

In October 2011, Alfredo Astiz was sentenced to life imprisonment for crimes against humanity in Argentina between the years of 1976 and 1983.[5] Dagmar’s father, Ragnar Hagelin commented to Swedish media on the sentence that he, "couldn't describe the happiness he felt that after 34 years of struggles, Dagmar’s killer would finally pay for his crimes".[6] In 2010 a pilot named Julio Poch was indicted for the murder of Hagelin.[7] Ragnar Hagelin resided in Stockholm, Sweden, until his death in 2016.[8][9]

Mistaken identity[edit]

It is today believed that Hagelin was a victim of mistaken identity when on January 27, 1977 she went to visit a friend in the suburbs of Buenos Aires. Her friend, who was politically active, had been arrested the night before by Alfredo Astiz’s forces and had told during interrogations that another politically active friend of her would visit the next day. Hagelin, who had decided to visit her friend on a spur of the moment, was approached by the forces and shot when she tried to escape. She was taken to ESMA, a noted torture centre, where she was later killed.[10] Hagelin was 17 years old at the time of her death.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "SVT om Dagmar Hagelin" (in Swedish). Sveriges Television. 2011-11-11. Archived from the original on June 12, 2011. Retrieved 2012-06-08. 
  2. ^ "2008-12-18" (in Swedish). Sveriges Television. Archived from the original on June 12, 2011. Retrieved 2012-06-08. 
  3. ^ TT; AP (2007-01-25). "Jag mördade inte Dagmar Hagelin" [I did not murder Dagmar Hagelin]. Dagens Nyheter (in Swedish). Retrieved 2012-06-08. 
  4. ^ "P3 Dokumentär concerning Dagmar Hagelin" (in Swedish). Sveriges Radio. Archived from the original on February 3, 2009. Retrieved 2012-06-08. 
  5. ^ TT (27 October 2011). "Livstid för Hagelins förmodade bödel" [Lifetime sentence for Hagelin's supposed executioner]. Svenska Dagbladet (in Swedish). Stockholm. Retrieved 2012-06-08. 
  6. ^ Myhrén, Lotta (27 October 2011). "Domen mot Astiz gläder Dagmar Hagelins pappa" [The verdict against Astiz pleases Dagmar Hagelin's father]. Dagens Eko (in Swedish). Sveriges Radio. Retrieved 2012-06-08. 
  7. ^ "Argentina indicts 'death flights' navy pilot". The Australian. AFP. 24 June 2010. Retrieved 2014-06-28. 
  8. ^ Persson, Christel (2009-12-09). "Nu ställs Hagelins mördare inför rätta" [Hagelin's murderer is now brought to justice]. Expressen (in Swedish). Retrieved 2012-06-08. 
  9. ^ "Dagmar Hagelins pappa har avlidit". Sydsvenskan (in Swedish). Retrieved 2016-10-23. >
  10. ^ "Astiz begärs häktad för Hagelinmordet - rapport" [Astiz arrest is sought for Hagelin murder - report] (in Swedish). Sveriges Radio. 2011-11-11. Archived from the original on June 12, 2011. Retrieved 2012-06-08.