Elderly Gay Couple Slain In Indianapolis

Jim Burroway

October 26th, 2008

Milton Lindgren, 70, and Eric Hendricks, 73, were found dead Monday morning in their Indianapolis-area home, and friends of the couple believe that the slaying was a hate crime.

Indianapolis police describe the killings as violent. It appears the two men died in separate rooms of blunt force trauma. They had been dead for several days before they were discovered. Large amounts of blood in both locations may indicate violent attacks.

Such evidence of overkill is a very common hallmark of anti-gay hate crimes. According to neighbors, Milton and Eric had suffered anti-gay harassment in recent months. Police reports show that the men had their phone and cable lines cut twice in the past few months, and anti-gay statements were posted on their front door.

Police are looking for 56-year-old Michael L. Brown as a person of interest.

Richard W. Fitch

October 26th, 2008

I knew Milt personally through social contacts and chats on-line; and had met Eric when I visited their home. Milt was an intelligent, caring, gentle person who had given a hand to many in need. He was never hard to find in a group – at about 6’8″, you could hardly miss him. He was active in his church and had continued to work part-time as an accountant, even at 70. I have been unsettled since word was first broadcast on Mon. Eric was wheelchair bound so not easy to defend himself. It is difficult to conceive that anyone could hate these two men enough to resort to a brutal murder. -RWF, Indianapolis

Blondie Writes

October 26th, 2008

This is very sad. Sarah Palin still feels there is no need for a hate crime bill for crimes against gays. This is the reason why it is needed.

AJD

October 26th, 2008

I didn’t know either of these men, but I went to college in Muncie, IN (about an hour away from Indy), and I can say that anti-gay attitudes are still pretty widespread there. And it’s worth mentioning that Indiana is not among the states with a hate-crime law that protects gays or transgendered people.

Joel

October 27th, 2008

“This is the reason why it is needed.” What.. it gives them police an omnipresent view of their community?

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