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Other names  Janne Olsson

Name  Jan-Erik Olsson
Jan Erik Olsson looking at someone who has white hair, a beard, and a mustache, wearing an eyeglass, a gold necklace, and a blue polo under a green coat

Born  16 April 1941 (age 79) Ekeby, Skåne, Sweden

Similar  Clark Olofsson, Nils Bejerot, Lars Inge Svartenbrandt

The Unusual Story of Jan-Erik Olsson and Clark Olofsson

Jan-Erik "Janne" Olsson is a Swedish criminal, born and raised in Ekeby, outside Helsingborg, Sweden. He was the main culprit in the 1973 Norrmalmstorg robbery in Stockholm, which coined the term Stockholm syndrome.


Jan-Erik Olsson (center with no gas masks) seriously looking while in handcuffs his both hands to another two men wearing shirts and pants and with gas masks and 3 other men at their back wearing polo shirts and pants and with gas masks, also a police officer at their left corner looking at them wearing a police cap and police uniform, from a file photo taken on August 23, 1973, at the Kreditbanken bank on Norrmalmstorg square in Stockholm. Jan-Erik has a mustache wearing a polo long sleeves and pants with a black belt

Anstalten Kalmar

Jan-Erik Olsson (left image) seriously looking while holding black cardboard with numbers on it, he is wearing a polo long sleeve in an old photograph. In the right image, Jan-Erik sitting down on the carpet wearing a long sleeve and pants and was being held by 5 men wearing a coat and pants and with gas masks inside at the Kreditbanken bank

Olsson met the known criminal Clark Olofsson at the Swedish correctional facility in Kalmar, and they became friends. Olsson was fascinated by Clark Olofsson's criminal past as a bank robber. After Olsson later disappeared during a furlough, he carried out a failed rescue attempt of Clark Olofsson on 7 January 1973, attempting to blow up the wall with dynamite that he had smuggled in earlier. Olsson sat in a car outside during the attempt. However, Olofsson failed to detonate the dynamite, which caused the rescue attempt to fail.

Norrmalmstorg robbery

Jan-Erik Olsson's captors, 2 ladies sitting while leaning on a cabinet, wearing long sleeves, and 1 man standing with beard and mustache wearing a polo long sleeve and pants inside at the Kreditbanken bank during their 121-hour ordeal in 1973

Olsson was the main culprit at the Norrmalmstorg robbery in Stockholm on 23–28 August 1973. On 23 August 1973, he was inside the store Pressbyrån in central Stockholm, where he masked himself. He then entered Kreditbanken with a submachine gun under his jacket and took four people hostage, demanding that Clark Olofsson be brought to him along with 3 million Swedish krona. Olofsson was a repeat offender who had committed several armed robberies and acts of violence, the first at the age of 16. During the robbery, Olsson fired multiple times at the police, injuring one officer in the hand and another in the face and arms. He spoke two times with Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme. The robbery ended on 28 August after the police deployed gas. Olsson, as well as the hostages and Clark Olofsson, all survived unharmed. Olsson was sentenced to ten years in prison; he was released in the early 1980s.

Press photographers holding a camera while taking shots and wearing a coat and police snipers holding a rifle wearing a coat lie side by side on a roof opposite the Kreditbanken bank on Norrmalmstorg square in Stockholm on Aug. 24, 1973.

Since the robbery, Olsson has not been convicted of any other crimes. He lived in Thailand for 15 years with his wife and son, where they ran a supermarket. He has since returned to Helsingborg, where he has operated an automobile repair shop, and is now retired. Olsson has shown remorse for his actions as a habitual offender and has openly apologised for the hostage situation in Norrmalm.

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Jan-Erik Olsson looks shocked with his blonde short hair wearing a black polo with a necktie under a gray coat in an old photograph


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