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Suspect Arrested in Elderly Couple’s Murder

Jim Burroway

November 18th, 2008

The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police has announced that Michael Brown, 56, was arrested Saturday in San Diego. He was wanted for the murder of Eric Hendricks, 73, and Milton Lindgren, 70 in October.

According to court records, two murder charges were filed against Brown on Thursday and a warrant for his arrest was issued. While neighbors believed that the murders might have been a hate crime, police have not said what led to the deaths.

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.