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Bigamist Swede prompts jealous wife drama

A woman from southern Sweden has been arrested on suspicion of preparation of murder after being apprehended by officers on the way to her bigamist husband’s first wife, armed with a knife.

Bigamist Swede prompts jealous wife drama
The knife in the picture is not the knife mentioned in the article

The Malmö man allegedly told his 21-year-old second wife that he was already married, but promised that he would divorce his first wife as soon as possible, the local Skånskan newspaper reports.

According to the paper, the first wife was unaware her errant husband had tied the knot a second time.

Getting increasingly tired of waiting for her new husband to dissolve his first marriage, the 21-year-old picked up a kitchen knife and said she’d go to her rival’s house to get rid of her.

Police were alerted and apprehended the woman on Monday on the way to her would-be victim.

However, according to Skånskan, the woman told police during an interrogation that she had had no intention to do the other woman any harm.

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Rather, the intent was solely to frighten her husband into action.

Police must have believed her, as she was later released pending the preliminary investigation.

The matter is being treated as preparation to murder, but according to the paper, no report of bigamy has been filed as of yet.

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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
 
 
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