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The Handen Murders (Swedish: Handenmorden) was the murders of two police officers and a guard in the central parts of Handen, Sweden, on 9 January 1967. One man was convicted of the murders; Leif Peters.


Commission of the crime

The police officers were commissioned to watch a loading bay next to a newly constructed business center in Handen since it was suspected that a gang of thieves would show up. In close vicinity of the loading bay the two police officers encountered three men they grew suspicious of. At first the men claimed to be guards responsible for the stores in Handen Centrum but then produced a submachine gun and a pistol and killed the police officers along with a guard. In total they fired 34 shots. While the investigating of the crime scene was ongoing the bodies of the victims had to remain on the ground for a couple of days due to technical reasons.

Legal process

The murders were solved one month later when 28-year-old Leif Peters, once an officer cadet, was arrested in Strängnäs, Sweden and plead guilty to have fired the shots. On the 9 February 1967 the police raided the homes of 16 different people all over Sweden who were suspect of being associated with Peters. The raids uncovered a large gang of thieves that Peters was the leader of. Peters was sentenced to life imprisonment but was transferred to a psychiatric ward a few years later. Peters was never released and died at the age of 68 in July 2006. His two co-conspirators Leif Torver and Leif Wahlström were sentenced to five years imprisonment.

Since both the submachine gun and the pistol had been fired it is likely that more than one person fired the shots. However, only Peters was sentenced for the actual murders since he confessed to have fired all the shots.


Handen murders Wikipedia

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