Unsolved Mystery: Was Prostitute’s 1932 Blood-Draining Murder The Work Of The ‘Atlas Vampire’?

Want a little dose of crime history on a case you may not have heard about before? Lilly Lindeström’s brutal murder back in in 1932 remains unsolved to this day. Lindeström was known to have been a prostitute in Stockholm’s Atlas neighborhood, and all evidence indicates that she entertained her clients in her dingy little apartment. On the evening of May 4, she reportedly paid a visit to a neighbor named Minnie, hoping to stock up on condoms (she was naked under a long coat at the time).

Minnie was the last person to see Lilly Lindeström alive.

When Minnie realized that Lindeström had never resurfaced after that night — and she wasn’t answering her door — Minnie alerted police. Officers got into the apartment, and what they found remains a mystery over 80 years later. According to police reports, Lindeström was found face-down on her bed, and had been dead for about 2-3 days. She was naked. Her clothes were neatly folded on a nearby chair. A used condom found in her body suggested that she had engaged in sexual activity before her death.

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Authorities determined that Lindeström died from repeated blunt force trauma to the head. What surprised them, though, was the complete lack of blood in Lindeström’s body; it had been entirely drained. They found saliva on Lindeström’s neck, but reports do not mention any of the puncture wounds normally associated with vampire stories. A blood-stained gravy ladle was found nearby, and police believe that it was used to drink Lindeström’s blood. Unfortunately, this was over 50 years before the advent of DNA testing, so there was no scientific way to match all of the bodily fluid evidence to any potential suspect.

Officers questioned the clients who regularly visited Lindeström, as well as conducting a thorough search of the neighborhood. They were unable to locate any suspects, and authorities have never filed charges in the case — which remains one of the creepiest unsolved murders in history.

Image: Evidence taken from the crime scene on display at the Stockholm Police Museum

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