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The Murder of Caroline Anderson
The History of Renville County, Volume 2
Compiled by Franklyn Curtiss-Wedge
Chapter XXXIX
p. 1241

In 1882 the grand jury indicted Andreas Anderson, living in Henryville, for the murder of his wife, Caroline. It appears from the testimony of witnesses that Anderson, on the afternoon of February 22, attempted to shoot his wife, but that the shotgun was taken from him and the load fired into the air by his daughter; that soon after he stabbed her with a pocket knife, from which wounds she died five days later; and that upon capture by a neighbor he had confessed to the deed.

At the trial an attempt was made to show that he was insane, but the jury found him guilty of murder in the second degree and he was sentenced to Stillwater for life, a motion for a new trial having been dismissed. In 1891 his sentence was commuted to end August 1 of that year on the grounds that he was probably insane at the time of the crime.

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