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The death of King Charles XII--the forensic verdict.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  9854825     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
King Charles XII of Sweden was killed in 1718 during his siege of the Danish fortress of Fredriksten. For 276 years, it remained an open question whether the lethal bullet came from the enemy or from a Swedish assassin. Now, a treatise published by a Swedish historian finally proves that the King's death was a case of political murder. Ballistic circumstances and the Danish ammunition then available are incompatible with a random shot from enemy quarters. Major-general Carl Cronstedt possessed the expertise needed to make an assassination look like a war casualty. It appears that the King was shot with a makeshift jacketed bullet long before jacketed bullets came into common use.
C O Nordling
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Biography; Historical Article; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Forensic science international     Volume:  96     ISSN:  0379-0738     ISO Abbreviation:  Forensic Sci. Int.     Publication Date:  1998 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1999-01-07     Completed Date:  1999-01-07     Revised Date:  2009-08-07    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7902034     Medline TA:  Forensic Sci Int     Country:  IRELAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  75-89     Citation Subset:  IM; Q    
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MeSH Terms
Famous Persons*
Forensic Medicine*
History, 18th Century
Homicide / history*
Wounds, Gunshot / history*
Personal Name Subject
Personal Name Subject:
King Charles XII

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