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History

DNA Probe into Gustav III's Murder

Published fredag 22 maj 2009 kl 17.42
King Gustav III (1746 - 1792)

The assassination of Swedish king Gustav III more than two hundred years ago will be subject of a DNA analysis. Professor Marie Allen, medical genetics lecturer at Uppsala’s university, announced that she will examine tissue samples of the murdered monarch and also remnants of the scrap metal charge fired by the assassin. Allen said that the DNA tests were not meant to question the historic facts but should demonstrate the possibilities of modern science.

At a masquerade in Stockholm in March of 1792 the king was shot in the back by a member of a group of conspirators. He died two weeks later. The assassin, army captain Jacob Johan Anckarström, was sentenced to death and beheaded.

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