Axlar-Björn, the best known serial killer in Icelandic history! (Yes, this is weird)

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His nickname comes from the farm Öxl in Breiðavík, where he lived during the latter part of sixteenth century. Travelers often stayed with him and enjoyed his hospitality, and one could say that he was the region’s earliest known farm holiday provider. But many of these travelers got no further, as Björn stretched his income by killing those whose path led to his farm with an axe and stealing their clothes, money and horses. Björn is believed to have murdered 18 people, although he only confessed to having killed nine. He was found out after one of two siblings who he tried to kill escaped from his clutches and informed the authorities. He had buried his first victim in the manure pit of the cowshed at the farm Knörr, where he grew up, and thrown most of the rest into Inglutjörn, a leech-filled pond beneath the Axlarhólar hills. Axlar-Björn was sentenced to death and was executed at Laugarbrekka, near Hellnar, in 1596.

Yes, it is definitely weird!

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