Matter, Bernhart

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Matter, Bernhart Gender: M
born on 21 February 1821
Place Muhen/AG, Switzerland, 47n20, 8e03
Timezone LMT m8e03 (is local mean time)
Data source
Date w/o time
Rodden Rating X
Collector: Keller
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_piscol.18.gif 02°34' s_mo.18.gif s_libcol.18.gif

Bernhart Matter (Sandro Senn)
photo: Sandro Senn, license cc-by-sa-3.0


Legendary Swiss burglar in the middle of 19th century.Born 1821 in Muhen, Bernhart Matter stole still as a boy 4 rings of gold.He was admired by the inhabitants of Aargau because he often spent the money to other people. And he was a very attractive man, a gentleman. This was one of the sources for his fame.Imprisoned several times with still rising years of punition he always found a way to outbreak,then he wrote a letter from Paris to the government of his canton. These representants wrote to Berne, if Switzerland couldn't send him to the USA, perhaps in a way of punition camp. As this was denied,they had to wait till he was caught one day in a small village.

Matter was also a smuggler,and he betrayed through his charm a woman in France using a stolen passport. Bernhart Matter was beheaded in Lenzburg may 24 in 1854. The new law against this punishment was not yet in force. His death gave much to discuss then - it was rather a vengeance of the justice.

Link to wikipedia (german)



  • Relationship : Marriage 1841 (with Barbara Fischer, born 1815)
  • Crime : Arrest 11 January 1853 (Outbreak from the prison of Lenzburg (Aargau))
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  • Crime : Trial dates 15 April 1854 (Sentenced to death)
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  • Death by Execution 24 May 1854 at 6:00 PM in Lenzburg (beheaded, although this punishment had been banned)
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Source Notes

Nold Halder:"Leben und Sterben des berüchtigten Gauners Bernhart Matter" (Sauerländer Vlg.)(1947)

Mani Matter:"Ahneforschig" (song about his life)(in Bernese dialect)

Paul Hugger:"Sozialrebellen und Rechtsbrecher in der Schweiz"(Atlantis Vlg. Zürich 1976)


Bernhart Matter's birthtime is unknown.


  • Traits : Personality : Charismatic
  • Traits : Personality : Juggles lots at once
  • Traits : Personality : Night Owl
  • Lifestyle : Work : Skills - Multi-faceted
  • Lifestyle : Work : Travel for work
  • Personal : Death : Unusual (beheaded)
  • Notable : Extraordinary Talents : For Creativity