Man Says He 'Lost It' Before Murdering His 93-Year-Old Grandmother: Police

Source: Kanabec County Sheriff's Office; MEGA

Dustin Tinklenberg.

Sep. 17 2022, Published 4:33 p.m. ET

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A Minnesota man who police believe killed his 93-year-old grandmother was arrested last week.

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Police took Dustin Gene Tinklenberg, 42, into custody and charged him with second-degree murder in connection to the death of Stella Anderson.

According to KSTP, Tinklenberg made his first court appearance on Sept. 16, and his bail was set at $1 million with conditions and $2 million without.

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According to the Kanabec County Sheriff's Office, deputies performed a welfare check a little after 12:30 p.m. Sept. 13 at a single-family residence in Ogilvie, Minnesota and found Anderson dead from "obvious homicidal violence."

KSTP reported that a criminal complaint states that two of Anderson's great-grandchildren went to her home to get a sign from a camper located there on Sept. 12. When they arrived, Tinklenberg was standing on the deck yelling. They great-grandchildren also told police that Anderson didn't peek out the window as she usually did when they would come over.

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On Sept. 13, Anderson's daughter went to the home and noticed it was unusually dark, according to KSTP. She reportedly figured her mother was sleeping but instead found her dead. She then contacted law enforcement.

According to the criminal complaint, after Tinklenberg was arrested he said he believed drones were following him and he was under observation, KSTP reported. He also said that someone performed surgeries on him that left scars on his body, though police didn't notice any marks.

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When police asked about his grandmother's death, Tinklenberg reportedly told them that she'd somehow manipulated the bacon he was eating, and he "lost it." KSTP reported that the criminal complaint notes a hatchet was found on scene, and it matched one that was kept at Anderson's home.

Polie said Tinklenberg was seen with a hatchet-type weapon on multiple occasions, including Sept. 12.


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