In 1932, Sweden’s neighborhood of Atlas was struck by a mysterious killer who vanished without a trace, becoming known as the Atlas Vampire Killer.
The murder of 32-year-old Lilly Lindeström took place on the evening of May 4, 1932 and marked a historic moment in vampire and criminal history.
Though real-life vampires may not exist as they’re depicted in the movies or Dracula, there are a number of people have dedicated their lives to vampirism, but the Atlas Vampire killer took things one step further when he murdered this Atlas resident.
Lilly was a ‘working girl’ in the Atlas neighborhood and was said to be quite-well known, but with that line of work, taking a prospective client back to her apartment wouldn’t have raised any alarm in a seedy neighborhood and prostitutes can be easy targets for murderers, case in point, Jack the Ripper.
Lindeström’s body was found in her small Atlas apartment in Stockholm, Sweden (the neighborhood of Atlas is known today as Vasastan). When police broke into her apartment to find her corpse, forensics stated that she had been killed a few days prior to them arriving.
What earned the Atlas vampire killer their name is the way the body was found and the mysterious ”clues” that were left behind.
Lilly was found naked, face down, on her bed. She’d suffered blunt force trauma to the head, which isn’t very vampirey, and there was also evidence of sexual assault in the form of a condom.
Those clues could attribute the case to a simple rape and murder, but what baffled police was the suggested connection the case had to vampirism. What they found next was baffling to them.
Forensics discovered Lilly had saliva on her neck and body, but that her body had also been drained of blood. The strange things was, there wasn’t much blood at the scene, suggesting that the murderer had either drank the blood or taken it with them after fleeing the scene.
Among the discoveries, police also found a blood-soaked gravy ladle which would have been used for either drinking the blood or storing it in some kind of container to take it with them.
Despite a full investigation, and questioning Lilly’s neighbors, they discovered that Lilly had stopped by Minnie Janson’s apartment, another working girl, to ask to borrow some condoms on the day of her death, but that’s about as far as they got and despite the case being nearly a century ago, the mysterious Atlas vampire killer remained anonymous and eluded authorities.
At the time of the murder, the case became a media sensation with many of Lilly’s clients becoming suspects, but the killer is likely dead now and their identity could remain a mystery forever.