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Women use severed pig’s head to harass ex

Three women in southern Sweden are facing criminal charges after using the severed head of a pig to harass one of the women's ex-boyfriend and a number of other people.

“I’ve never heard anything like it in my thirty years as a police officer,” Robert Loeffel of the Kronoberg County Police told Sveriges Radio (SR)

The women, two of whom are sisters from Blekinge, and their mother from Skåne harassed and intimidated a group of 11 people in Växjö using the remains of dead animals. One man in the group is believed to be the ex-boyfriend of one of the women.

“They’ve put dolls dressed up as people in a roundabout, and parts of slaughtered animals have been placed on the dolls. The goal was to humiliate people there,” Loeffel told SR.

“In one of the cases, we had a slaughtered pig’s head that was sitting on a doll in a manner that suggested it was a human head,” he added.

The women also vandalized cars, put up signs, and sent dozens of texts messages and letters to the group, in a series of attacks which began last spring.

The other ten victims of the harassment, all of whom have a connection to the man, were left frightened and feeling unsafe, according to police.

Prosecutors expect to file a formal indictment against the three women later this week on charges of unlawful persecution (olaga förföljelse) under a law introduced to Sweden in 2011.

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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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