A very short story about the murder of King Gustav III.
“The purpose of the scrap in the shot was to make it more lethal”, Anckarström said. He had already confessed to the fact that he had shot King Gustav III in the back.
In the afternoon on the 16th Anckarström went to his chambers and loaded two pistols, calibre 11 mm. The first pistol he charged with two eight mm bullets, six bent tacks and five or six grapeshot.
He loaded the second pistol in the same manner.
And he whetted a large knife and filed a notch at the end for good measure. Then, he went to the ball with one pistol in his left inner pocket, one in his right back pocket and the knife in his left hand.
The two bullets, three grapeshot and one tack were taken out of the body at the autopsy. It had taken the King thirteen days to die. Anckarström did not suffer as long, but he suffered.
Text and editing: G. Sandell, Statens Historiska Museer.
Protocols from the High Court 1792 printed by Anders Zetterberg. (Only in Swedish.)