Pigeons ‘beheaded and eaten’ in Swede’s kitchen

Pigeon owners in southern Sweden were met with a gruesome sight when they found their pet birds decapitated and apparently eaten by a mystery intruder.

Pigeons 'beheaded and eaten' in Swede's kitchen

“This is sick and barbaric,” said the owner, who wished to remain anonymous, to local newspaper Jnytt.

The bird coop, in the town of Råslätt, outside Jönköping in central Sweden, had been brutally broken into with a crowbar, and the pigeons had been taken out, slaughtered and eaten on site.

“It feels horrible. There was blood and feathers everywhere,” the woman told the paper.

Police have not yet made any arrests, yet it seems clear that the birds were decapitated, de-feathered, and ingested in a recreational kitchen that adjoins the pigeon coop.

Left behind were the birds’ heads, claws, feathers, bones, blood and guts, as well as the unwashed saucepans, cutlery and a plate.

Police photographs show floors stained by blood from the unfortunate avian victims and the fridge in the kitchen littered with pigeon remains; wings, feathers and blood splattered about.

The investigation also points to the pigeons being boiled before they were eaten.

According to the paper, the coop owner is still in shock and has not seen anything remotely similar in the 15 years she has owned the facility.

Jönköping police have taken DNA samples from the used plate, and are labelling the crime as theft and vandalism.

The birds themselves were not ordinary pigeons, but rather specially bred homing pigeons that had been used in competition and can cost upwards of 1,000 kronor ($150) each.

According to the paper, the thief killed at least 12 birds, and took several more to go.

Police are interested in hearing any information from the general public that could lead to finding those responsible for the crime, or to the discovery of the remaining birds believed to have been abducted by the intruder.

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Swedish police remove sculpture mistaken for suicide victim

Police on the island of Gotland removed a public sculpture from the Galgberget nature reserve near Visby on the grounds that it is just too creepy.

Swedish police remove sculpture mistaken for suicide victim
The gallows at Galgeberget. Photo: Artifex/WikiCommons
According to local news site Hela Gotland, someone was out for a stroll on Galgeberget (the Gallows Hill) on Wednesday when they saw what they thought was a body hanging after a suicide. Local police were contacted but when they went to investigate they instead found a sculpture by artist Jessica Lundeberg. 
The artwork, entitled ‘The Watcher in the Woods’, is a partially transparent plate sculpture that looks like a spooky little girl. 
Despite discovering that the suspected suicide victim was actually artwork, police determined that Lundeberg’s piece could scare others and thus took the sculpture down. 
“It was decided that if it were to remain, more people would likely be frightened in the same way,” Gotland police spokesman Ayman Aboulaich told Radio P4 Gotland. 
Lundeberg told Hela Gotland that the sculpture has been at Galgeberget since a public art project last summer and that this was the first time it had caused any concern. She said ‘The Watcher in the Woods’ was the only piece that was allowed to remain after the end of the project. But now it is there no more. 
Lundeberg has taken the sculpture back to her studio. While she hopes it will eventually return to Galgeberget, the artist told Hela Gotland it seems unlikely.  
She said that the sculpture was damaged by police. 
“It was ragged, dismantled and broken. I was horrified when I saw it,” she said. 
Police have reportedly promised to pay any necessary repair costs.
Although the person who reported the sculpture to the police has not spoken with the media, their jump to conclusions could perhaps be attributed to the nature reserve’s macabre history. Galgeberget is still home to gallows that were used to hang criminals for centuries. The last execution to be held at the site was in 1845, according to Hela Gotland