Coffin of King Erik IX of Sweden.
By Wilson44691/Photograph taken by Mark A. Wilson (Department of Geology, The College of Wooster) (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Scientists Investigate Murder of a Medieval King

By prying open the ornate coffin of Swedish king Erik IX, scientists hope to learn how he truly died in 1160, the Daily Mail reports. While some legends claim he was killed by a sword-wielding assassin, other accounts say he was held captive and eventually beheaded by enemies who desired the throne. Uppsala University researchers will analyze the king’s bones and conduct DNA testing in hopes of laying this mystery to rest and learning more about his health, diet, and origins.

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