If anyone was wondering what happened in regard to that Indianapolis house explosion I blogged about last month, three people were arrested today for intentionally setting the blast that killed two people and has led to 31 houses having to be demolished due to irreparable damages. The owner of the house had serious financial problems and had recently increased the home insurance policy to $300,000. Then she, her boyfriend, and her boyfriend’s brother allegedly tampered with the fireplace so it would release gas into the house which was sparked to explode several hours later by a microwave on a timer.
I was relieved that they finally made some arrests. It’s been over a month since the explosion, and it was beginning to feel like no one was going to go down for the crime. Every government agency possible seemed to be involved in the investigation: the police department, the fire department, the Secret Service, the ATF (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives), and Homeland Security. And those are only the ones I remember. Anyway, it looks like the perpetrators are going to get their asses nailed to the wall for this. It could even qualify as a death penalty case or life without parole because of the two deaths.
A guy who works at the same company as my younger brother lived in the house next door, which has been marked as a crime scene for at least a month. He said he was in the living room when the explosion happened. It blew him all the way into his kitchen where he woke up with a cookie sheet wrapped around his head. Crazy.
Anyway, there’s a lot to be grateful for this holiday season. I’m glad the worse thing my old neighbors did was smoke pot.
As someone whose childhood friend & his wife were murdered in this explosion, I’m so glad the authorities are going after the killers.
@Mojo – I’m so sorry about your friend. It’s sad that his life ended this way.
I’ve been watching for an update on this too. The whole situation is so sad and wrong, and it was hard to think of the people who caused it walking around free.
Mojo, I am so sorry for your loss. They sound like truly wonderful people.
Being a Hoosier, I know any possible jury will recognize the terrible price their victims paid. Sadly, there is no penalty anyone can apply that can heal the enormous wounds they have caused.
I honestly had to look it up to see if we even had the death penalty in Indiana.
@Vickie – They executed Timothy McVeigh in Indiana, so I’m pretty sure we have the death penalty. Thanks for the fact sheet though. It looks like it’s not used that often.
As soon as it was reported that they had boarded their cat for an overnight trip, I knew they had to be involved.
@JenFul – The State of Indiana does have the death penalty though McVeigh was executed under federal law. He just happened to be imprisoned in a federal prison here in Indiana.