Michigan Man Brutally Murdered Two Men, Police Say. After The First, He Allegedly Took A Selfie With The Body.

Source: Escambia County Sheriff's Office; MEGA

Caleb Anderson

Nov. 20 2022, Published 9:00 a.m. ET

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A man who is accused of two brutal murders of men he met on social media app Grindr posed for photos and videos of one of the men he killed, according to WLUK.

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Caleb Anderson, 23, of Caspian, Michigan, is accused of killing 65-year-old Patrick Ernst on Aug. 1 in Green Bay, Wisconsin and Dwight Dixon, 52, in Alabama.

WLUK reported that Anderson wrote a Bible verse on Ernst's wall and left a handwritten apology after killing him. Anderson found Ernst on Grindr, an app men use to meet other men. Anderson told police he never intended to have sex with Ernst. Rather, he found it as a convenient way to meet someone to kill.

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"I always just wanted to kill somebody" since he was 14 or 15 years old, he told police in an interview, the criminal complaint states, according to WLUK. The Brown County Medical Examiner's Office said there were 38 stab wounds to Ernst.

When police performed a welfare check on Ernst after he didn't show up for work, they found his apartment trashed and his body bloodied in his bedroom. According to WLUK, written on the wall above Ernst's body was ""Psalm 23:4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me," along with the date.

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Police say there was also a written note on a chair that read, "I Am so Sorry.. he didn't deserve this."

After that murder, Ernst headed to Alabama, where he met another man on Grindr, according to police. He then killed him and claimed to have set fire to a church.

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According to WLUK, Alabama authorities found disturbing selfies of Anderson posing with Ernst's body on his smartphone.

WBAY reported that investigators attempted to zero in on particular reasons as to why Anderson allegedly picked those two individuals to kill. Was it because they were homosexuals?

Anderson said no. He explained to police that he chose Grindr over other dating apps like Tinder because he believed it would be much quicker to make the kills, according to police documents. WBAY reported that Anderson said he didn't target women because he thought of his mother.


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