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In 2006 the prison was closed and the newly built State Prison of East Jutland was opened.The new prison, which is placed near Horsens, held the mass murderer Peter Lundin for a period.Carl August Lorentzen was a safe cracker who became famous for his escape from the prison in 1950 when he dug a tunnel from his cell and out to freedom.When the guards discovered he was missing they found a note from him with the words "Where there is a will there is a way".A notable prisoner included former minister of justice Peter Adler Alberti.The last execution in peacetime in Denmark happened in the prison in 1892 when Jens Nielsen was decapitated in the courtyard.In the 13th century the city got its own legal code.
From 1853 to 2006 the city housed the Horsens Statsfængsel prison, which held prisoners serving longer sentences.
The town centre of Horsens is transformed into the largest medieval market town in Northern Europe with activities and entertainment for families and children of all ages. The Crime Festival - in Danish called Krimimessen - is an event for literary crime, mysteries and thrillers.
The Crime Festival is organized by Horsens Public Library.
It is believed the name Horsens derives from the old Danish words hors (horse) and næs (naze, headland). The earliest traces of a city are remains of a pagan burial site and houses dating back to the 10th century.
In the 12th century, the kings Sweyn III and Valdemar I issued coins in the city.