Per Pålsson

Per Pålsson in a photo taken at the time of his release

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.

Early life

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 buttons from a Per Månsson in Kyrkolycke. In May Per Pålsson was sentenced to 24 days imprisonment for the crimes.[1]

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 Uppenbar kyrkoplikt, 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.[2]

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 Helena Holmkrantz, called Ödes julen i Lemmeshult 1868 covering the murder and its aftermath was published in 1985.[3]


  1. ^ Anders Bojs (5 January 2011). "Skånska mord dammas av". Kristianstadsbladet. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 28 July 2015.
  2. ^ "Rig". Retrieved 28 July 2015.
  3. ^ "Welcome". Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 28 July 2015.

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