The execution of Månsdotter

Anno1792

Avrättningen av Yngsjömörderskan

 

The song Bilan (Bilan means broad axe) is about a tragedy that took place some years later than the period Anno 1792 cover, the tale of the murderer Anna Månsdotter. It is a story of sudden death and an execution that went awry. Together with her son Per Anna Månsdotter carried out the murder of Per's wife, Hilda Nilsson.

 

Anna Månsdotter lived between the years 1841 and 1890. She lived a poor life – like almost all swedes in the 19th century – with her older husband Nils Nilsson. But she was not a ordinary woman; she developped a close relationship with her son Per, too close. During the trial it turned out that they had an incestuous relationship.

 

The murder of Hilda was brutal. Anna strangled her and tried to make it look as if Hilda had fallen in the basement stairs and broken her neck.

 

Bilan is about the execution of Anna Månsdotter, the last time a woman was executed in Sweden. She was beheaded. The executioner Anders Gustaf Dahl 's first stab missed. According to the myth , it took three blows to separate the head from the body. Per was also sentenced to death, but the sentence was changed to imprisonment for life.

 

 

Låt bilan falla

(Roger Wallmon)

 

Nu i ditt ämbete består.

Att verkställa domen,så greppa skaftet hårt.

Vid stupstockens ände finns ett slut.

Där skiljas det som skiljas skall,all ondska rinner ut.

 

Månsdotter i sin skrud så vit.

Låt mej ta din hand och leda dej fram hit.

Syndernas förlåtelse du får.

För det brott du begått,ej himmelriket når.

 

Dahlman –låt din bila falla

Din röst nu återskalla – ondska skall förblöda.

Dahlman –nu din egg du slipat.

Rättvisa åter skipat – väntan är nu över.

 

Som en blixt din bila far.

Nu i ögonblicket slinter, snett det hugget tar.

Nu på golvet blodet vått.

Du släckte hennes låga uppå fängelsets schavott.

 

Elaka tungor, spott o spe.

Spörjer om ett tredje hugg, för det som kom på sned.

Med gud som vittne du blott vet.

Det enda som du utdelade, det skarpa stålet bet.

 

Dahlman – låt din bila falla.

Din röst nu återskalla – ondska skall förblöda.

Dahlman – nu din egg du slipat.

Rättvisa åter skipat – väntan är nu över.

 

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