100 years since the last Swedish execution

Culture | 2010-11-24 | 4 comments
Today it is exactly 100 years ago since the last execution was conducted in Sweden. It was the first, and last, time a guillotine was used as a form of execution.

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Johan Alfred Andersson Ander was executed after being convicted of murder. He had stolen more than 5000 Swedish kronor (a lot of money in these days) from a woman who he killed during the robbery.

Previous executions had been performed by manual beheading but now the imported guillotine from France was to be used for the first time. Bizarrely but true, it is easy to imagine the excitement among the audience. Mr Andersson Anders was denied saying some last words and the whole spectacle is reported to have been over very quickly.

Eleven years later, in 1921, the death penalty was abolished in Sweden, so the imported guillotine was only used once, and can now be seen at the Nordic museum in Stockholm.  You can see it here.

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2011-01-03 00:32 Rabea from Egypt wrote:
execution prevent alot of crimes
2010-12-02 12:15 Amsterdam wrote:
Celebrating this with an international warrant for Julian A. as a brave slave of the US of A ?
2010-11-30 23:09 sara wrote:
iran executed more than 200 persons this year
2010-11-28 23:17 nora wrote:
Good to know, thanks!

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