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Police: Man tried to kill parents in Bethlehem home

Son tells police he 'had to kill them'

Police: Man tried to kill parents inside home

BETHLEHEM, Pa. - A man tried to kill his parents inside their home early Tuesday morning, police said.

As officers responded around 12:20 a.m. to an alarm at 209 E. Wall St., Bethlehem, they said they saw Michael Lindgren coming out the front door.

Lindgren had blood on his hands and feet and told officers that he 'had to kill them.'

When officers entered the house, they found an unconscious Shirley Lindgren lying just inside the door. Ralph Lindgren, also unconscious, was found a short distance away in an adjoining room. Injuries to both victims indicated they'd been beaten.

Police said they knew Michael Lindgren from "prior contact." Twenty minutes before the attack, he walked into the Bethlehem police headquarters and requested assistance.

According to police reports, Michael Lindgren had no physical sign of injury or trauma. He became agitated and left before receiving assistance.

A neighbor, who's known the couple for 40 years, told 69 News that right after midnight Monday she "heard the screaming and this voice. It was really high. and he kept saying, 'I just wanted to make a phone call.'"

The neighbor continued, "I was afraid it was Michael. He gets off his medication. I just feel so bad they had this trouble with Michael. They have been trying so hard with him."

Both of the Lindgrens are active with the Bethlehem Garden Club, and Ralph, a retired philosophy professor at Lehigh University, is active with the Historic Bethlehem Association.

Both victims were taken to St. Luke's University Hospital for treatment. They were admitted to the intensive care unit in critical condition. Both suffered severe head trauma and are 77- and 78-years-old.

Michael Lindgren was also taken to St. Luke's for treatment and was released around 5 a.m. He was then taken to Bethlehem police headquarters. He was charged with two counts of attempted homicide, plus related charges.

During his arraignment, Michael Lindgren was seen laughing and talking to himself in a low, raspy voice. When the judge asked if he understood, Michael asked the judge, " Is this funny to you?"

According to the affidavit, Michael Lindgren told police he went to his parents' home and while there he hit his mother and father.

He also told an officer: "These people have been ripping me off all my life... They took everything from me." He also told police, "Everything is turned off at my place."

Michael Lindgren lives at 516 Hayes St., Bethlehem.

Anyone with any information relative to the investigation is asked to contact Detective Jason Fulmer at 610-997-7682 or the Bethlehem Police Department communications center at 610-865-7187.

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