Palle Mogens Fogde Sørensen
March 26, 1927
|Died||February 1, 2018(aged 90)|
|Known for||Murdering four policemen|
|Penalty||Life imprisonment (served 32 years, 8 months)|
|Partner(s)||Norman Lee Bune|
Time at large
|Date||September 17, 1965|
|September 20, 1965|
In 1949, shortly after his release from juvenile detention, Sørensen broke into the headquarters of Danish labor union Dansk Arbejdsmands Forbund (today, 3F), where he blew open a safe with explosives stolen from a quarry and stole 130,000 kr., all of which he spent shortly after.
He later committed several burglaries and instances of insurance fraud, but was eventually caught and received a 5-year prison sentence.
After his release from prison, Sørensen was hired to produce aerials for the army, and for a while managed to bring his criminal lifestyle to a halt. However, in 1964, Sørensen encountered his former cellmate Norman Lee Bune, and resumed his former criminal activities of mainly burglaries.
Sørensen was early on known for his engineer-like prowess with technology and mechanics, and a 1958 article from the tabloid Ekstra Bladet described Sørensen as a man with a skill for cracking safes. He had a gun collection in his mother's basement.
On September 17, 1965, Sørensen and Bune were caught breaking and entering by the house's owner, who subsequently called the police. The men fled the scene and police officers pursued. During the chase, Sørensen reached for his Browning P-35 and shot four policemen, all of whom died from the sustained injuries.
The incident resulted in a major search operation, which ended as he after 48 hours turned himself in, commenting "[I] made the mistake of [my] life."
Sørensen was sentenced to life imprisonment on August 24, 1966. Despite being a peaceful prisoner, he was considered the most dangerous convict in Denmark for many years, and police unions pressured the authorities to grant him neither parole nor pardon.
He was granted parole after 32 years and eight months in prison – at the time the longest period anyone had served in a Danish prison in modern history.
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