Bil Browning

Update: Suspect caught in murder of two elderly gay men

Filed By Bil Browning | November 17, 2008 5:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Living
Tags: Eric Hendricks, hate crimes against LGBT people, Indianapolis, Milton Lindgren, murder

The Indianapolis Star is reporting that Michael Brown, a suspect in last month's murders of Eric Hendricks and Milton Lindgren has been arrested in California. Hendricks, 73, and Lindgren, 70, were found beaten to death in their home in late October.

The two men had been targeted earlier for their sexuality. Their phone and cable lines were cut and "FAG" was spray painted on the house. Thankfully, the likelihood that the homicides were a hate crime is diminishing quickly.

Brown was originally mentioned by police as a friend of the victims who had found the bodies. In a printed police report, officers said Brown told them he had not heard from Hendricks and Lindgren for a week or two, and he went to their residence. There, according to the statement, Brown told officers he found a rear window was partly open.

The report said Brown and another man told police they entered the house through that window and found the victims' bodies inside.

A memorial service is planned at the Indianapolis Art Center on Thursday, November 20 at 5:30 p.m.

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I hope there is a good turnout by the community for Eric Hendricks and Milton Lindgren's memorial service. (Were there many people at their funerals?)

Their murders should concern the elderly, GLBTs, and everyone else in the community and beyond. I hope that everyone involved in the murders is caught. If the police have the one and only real killer, people will now need to actively monitor the legal process to ensure that appropriate punishment is delivered. This will take time and effort on the activists' part.

The DA might want to plea bargain.

If I were back home in Indy I'd be going to this.
What a tragedy.