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A.K.A.: "Kitte-Pelle"
Classification: Murderer
Characteristics: Robbery
Number of victims: 1
Date of murder: December 24, 1868
Date of birth: September 16, 1828
Victim profile: Hanna Pålsdotter, 21
Method of murder: Shooting
Location: Lemmeshult, Sweden
Status: Sentenced to the death penalty by decapitation on May 21, 1853. Sentence reverse to life imprisonment on August 11, 1853. Released from prison on May 31, 1868. Died on February 4, 1914

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.

In media

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.



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