(discovered in 1946) was the first of three
bodies found in the same Danish bog, named the Borre Fen, over a three
P. V. Glob, a local report described the discovery: "On Sunday
afternoon wild rumors were circulating...that a body had been found in
Borre Fen. It was thought to be a case of murder, and the fact that the
official machinery of police superintendent and district medical officer
had been set in motion no doubt encouraged people to expect the worst.
When the facts came out, however, they proved to be something of
an anticlimax, although the discovery is, of course, of great historical
and archaeological interest."
at the National Museum in Copenhagen revealed that
the corpse of the man (a rather short man at 5 feet two inches) had been
placed into the bog in a sitting position, his legs bent up. The weight
of the peat had pressed against him so much that he was folded tightly
His body was
well-preserved and showed considerable damage. He was hung, his skull
crushed, and his right thigh fractured (the order is not known) before
he was placed in the bog. Although
he was naked (except for the rope around his neck), two capes had been
positioned at his feet and were most likely his.