Per Pålsson (September 16, 1828 – February
4, 1914), also called Kitte-Pelle, was a Swedish murderer
convicted for the murder of Hanna Pålsdotter. Per Pålsson was in the
end pardoned and instead of having to face the death penalty was
sentenced to life imprisonment. He served time at Örkelljunga prison,
Varbergs fästning and finally Malmö central prison. He was finally
pardoned fully and released on May 31, 1868.
Per Pålsson was born in Östra Tockarp, Örkelljunga.
Life of crime
The first time Per Pålsson was convicted for a
crime was in 1849, he was at that time 18 years old and stood accused
of a number of thefts in Örkelljunga and Vedby. He was sentenced to 10
days imprisonment and to work for the local church in Örkelljunga.
The second time Per Pålsson was caught in an act of
crime was in 1848. He had then committed a number of thefts in the
southern parts of Åsbo and stolen a number of knives and 288 bottons
from a Per Månsson in Kyrkolycke. In May Per Pålsson was sentenced to
24 days imprisonment for the crimes.
Hanna Pålsdotter, who was born on September 2,
1847, in Lemmeshult, died on December 24, 1868, during a robbery gone
wrong, ending in Hanna being shot.
The Härads court sentenced Pålsson on May 21, 1853
for the robbery and murder of Hanna Pålsdotter, and he was sentenced
to be whipped and to the death penalty by decapitation. His sentence
was in the end reversed to imprisonment, obligatory church duties and
life imprisonment on August 11, 1853.
However on May 31, 1868, he was fully pardoned and
released from prison.
He died on February 4, 1914.
A book by Christine Billing, Helene Ehriander,
January Garpenhus and Helen Holm Krantz, called Ödes julen i
Lemmeshult 1868 covering the murder and its aftermath was
published in 1985.