Elk Accused of Murder

An elk has been identified as the perpetrator of a murder in Sweden.

In 2008 the body of a Swedish woman was found by a lake; she had been taking her dog for a walk, and failed to return.  Her husband was arrested and briefly held in custody.
Now the case has been dropped after forensic analysis found elk hair and saliva on his wife's clothes... The European elk, or moose, is usually considered to be shy and will normally run away from humans. But Swedish Radio International says the animals can become aggressive after eating fermented fallen apples in gardens.

The relevance of the photo will be compehensible only to fans of Monty Python.

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@Martin - I haven't thought this out in detail, but I suppose if I were planning to "elk" someone, I would shoot an elk (or procure some appropriate roadkill), store the frozen head/mouth and the antlers and hooves. Then I'd surprise my victim on a lonely hiking trail, stab them with the elk antler, slobber the (defrosted) elk mouth on them, and carry away the body parts after leaving some elk prints in the soil (and erasing my boot marks). Even better would be to attach the hooves to the bottom of my boots.

It's starting to sound like a Monty Python sketch...

(Although now that I think about it, there may have been a Sherlock Holmes epidode in which an animal claw or such was used as a murder weapon.)
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And you dont think that the police might have thought about that? That he would've left traces of himself all over the place.

And how the the hell would he have "sprinkled" saliva from a moose anyway?

It's also surprising that most of the comments here treats this case as a joke, I can understand the humour in it with the Python thing but think about the husband who had to sit in custody for five months when he wasn't guilty at all.
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This incident has now been blogged at Arbroath, where the first two comments address the possibility (curiously not raised in the thread here) that the man could have murdered his wife with an elk's horn or hoof and then sprinkled her body with some secretions from a carcass...

Agatha Christie or John Dickson Carr would have thought of that.
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