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Palle Mogens Fogde Sørensen





Classification: Murderer
Characteristics: Bank robbery - Escape
Number of victims: 4
Date of murder: September 18, 1965
Date of arrest: Next day
Date of birth: March 26, 1927
Victims profile: Aksel Dybdahl Andersen / Henning Skov Hansen / Gert Sondergaart Harkjaert / Elmer Gert Jeppesen (police officers)
Method of murder: Shooting
Location: Copenhagen, Denmark
Status: Sentenced to life in prison on August 24, 1966. Released on March 17, 1997

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Palle Mogens Fogde Sørensen (born March 26, 1927 in Copenhagen, Denmark) in September 1965 while escaping in a stolen car he shot four young police officers in Copenhagen.

After a huge search operation he was apprehended the following day and sentenced to life imprisonment. He was released after 33 years in prison — the longest time anyone has served in a Danish prison in modern history.

Palle Sørensen's crime eventually led to Danish police carrying guns, instead of just clubs.

With four police officers dead, and Palle making it out of prison alive, the "score" 4–0 has become a provocative outcry of violent demonstrators fighting the police.


Palle Mogens Fogde Sørensen

Born in 1927, Palle Sørensen's life changed dramatically when he was arrested on September 19, 1965 for murdering 4 Danish police officers during a bank robbery in Copenhagen.

On August 24, 1966 he was sentenced to prison for life. In Denmark prisoners serving life-time sentences serve a maximum of 16 years, the average has since 1955 been pardoned after 13 years.

But Palle Sørensen's case was different. By taking the life of 4 police officers, which no one had ever done before in Denmark, and never has since, he now had not only the court of law against him, but also the Minister of Justice and the entire Danish government.

To pardon him even after the maximum of 16 years seemed highly unlikely, and through the 80s and 90s it seemed like he would never regain his freedom. Thus he sat in prison for more than 32 years before he was eventually pardoned in 1997, a few days before he turned 70.



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