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Contested Diviners: Verbal Battles Between Dowsers And Skeptics

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Among the more unusual episodes in the history of the Palme murder investigations is the incident reported in two issues of the journal of the Swedish Dowsers' Society, Slagrutan. In these articles, written by a presumably pseudonymous Nils Holgerson, we learn the following chain of events. In the fall of 1996, a dowser from Southern Sweden concentrated on two photographs: one of Olof Palme and one of a revolver of the type used in the murder. Several of his colleagues, standing at the site of the killing on Sveavägen in Stockholm, used dowsing instruments to pick up a so-called psi track, allegedly a paranormal energy line generated by the effort of concentrating on the two images. Those who do articulate theories underpinning their practice have a range of culturally available discourses at their disposal. There are scientific or para-scientific ways of legitimating one's craft.

Keywords: Olof Palme; Sveavägen; Swedish Dowsers' Society



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