Bruce Lindahl (1953 - 1981)

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Bruce Lindahl
1953 - 1981
updated January 13, 2020
Bruce Lindahl was born on January 29, 1953. He died in April 1981 in Naperville, Illinois at 28 years old. We know that Bruce Lindahl had been residing in Chicago, Cook County, Illinois United States.

Bruce Lindahl recently received a lot of press due to him being the primary suspect behind the murder of a 16 year old girl, Pamela Maurer, who was strangled in 1976 in Chicago. New DNA testing is showing that on January 13th, 1976 he killed the young teen. Pamela was first reported as missing by her parents when she did not return to her home in Woodridge after she left a friend's house and while walking home went to get a soda. Her body was discovered by a motorist after seeing her purse lying along a road in Lisle.

The police believed the killer left Pamela's body alongside the road to make it appear as though she was killed by a hit-and-run. However, a coroner quickly determined that bruises on her neck proved that she was strangled by a nearby rubber hose found near her body. Further investigation proved that Pamela was sexually assaulted likely by someone she had not known shortly after leaving her friend's home.

In 2001, 20 years after Pamela's death, forensic evidence gave authorities a DNA profile of her killer. In 2019, further DNA advancements provided investigators a 'snapshot prediction' of the suspect, and combined with genealogy analysis gave detectives the lead they needed to identify the murderer. Once Bruce was identified, police exhumed his body to collect DNA evidence linking him as the killer of Pamela.

It is believed that Bruce Lindahl likely molested and killed multiple young girls in several Chicago suburbs, and police are actively investigating. It turns out that 4 and a half years after Pamela's murder Lindahl was charged with kidnapping and sexually assaulting another woman Debra Colliander. Debra however was able to escape after being abducted and called police at a nearby home of Bruce's in Aurora. Bruce was supposed to go to trial, however, Debra disappeared two weeks before the trial was scheduled to begin so authorities had to drop the case.

On April 28, 1982, one year after Pamela's murder, Debra's body was found by a farmer in a shallow grave in Oswego Township where Debra's death was ruled a homicide. It is apparent that Bruce killed Debra to protect himself from having to go to trial.

As karma would have it, Bruce Lindahl died on April 4th, 1981 when he accidentally slashed his own artery (in his leg) as he was stabbing to death an 18 year old man at his apartment in Naperville. Bruce's victim, Charles Huber, was stabbed 28 times with a kitchen knife before dying next to Lindahl. Police discovered numerous photographs of various victims who were murdered between 1974 and 1981 at Bruce's home. Victims were all found at Lisle, Woodridge, Downers Grove and Aurora.

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Bruce Lindahl died in in Naperville, DuPage County, Illinois United States

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Self inflicted wound. He slashed his own leg artery while stabbing to death Charles Huber.

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Bruce lived in Chicago and various surrounding suburbs during the 1960s and through his death in 1982.,


Unknown if Bruce was religious or not, but he obviously wasn't practicing or observing any religions given his actions.

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Chicago, Cook County, Illinois United States


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His actual profession is unknown, but he is a proven rapist and serial killer.

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Bruce Lindahl was a serial rapist and murderer. He was identified as a murderer when his body was found near Charles Huber, a victim he had stabbed 28 times with a kitchen knife. Thanks to DNA evidence in 2019, he has been linked to the murder of 16 year old Pamela Maurer. Common sense would dictate he also killed Debra Colliander and Downers Grove North student Deborah McCall in November 1979. It seems as though he was an active killer from 1979 through his death in April 1981.

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Bruce Lindahl passed away in April 1981 in Naperville, Illinois at age 28. He was born on January 29, 1953. We are unaware of information about Bruce's family. We know that Bruce Lindahl had been residing in Chicago, Cook County, Illinois United States.
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1953 - 1981 World Events

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In 1953, in the year that Bruce Lindahl was born, actress and comedian Lucille Ball gave birth to Desi Arnaz, Jr on January 19th. On the same day on "I Love Lucy", the fictional Little Ricky was born as well. Baby Desi graced the cover of the first TV Guide magazine with a headline that read ""Lucy's $50,000,000 baby" - because the commercial revenue from his birth was expected to be that amount.

In 1963, Bruce was only 10 years old when on November 22nd, Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson became the 36th President of the United States when President John Kennedy was shot and killed in Dallas, Texas. Johnson was sworn in on the plane carrying Kennedy's body back to Washington D.C.

In 1966, he was just 13 years old when on July 1st, Medicare became available after President Johnson signed into law the Medicare Act in 1965. President Truman had received the first Medicare card since he had been the first to propose national healthcare law. insurance.

In 1978, at the age of 25 years old, Bruce was alive when on November 18th, Jim Jones's Peoples Temple followers committed mass suicide in Jonestown, Guyana - where they had moved, from San Francisco, as a group. Jones was the leader of the cult and ordered his followers to drink cyanide-laced punch, which they did. Whole families (women and children included) died - more than 900 people in all.

In 1981, in the year of Bruce Lindahl's passing, on August 1st, MTV debuted. It was the first music video TV channel. The first music video played was the Buggles' "Video Killed the Radio Star" - the second was Pat Benatar's "You Better Run".

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Sep 21, 1896 - March 1975
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Sep 17, 1924 - July 1987
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Sylvia Lindahl
Mar 12, 1911 - November 1977
Shirley L Lindahl
Jul 2, 1947 - Sep 30, 2007
Mercedes Lindahl
Jul 16, 1891 - August 1970
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Josephine Lindahl
May 28, 1906 - August 1971
Escondido, California
Harriet Lindahl
Nov 12, 1894 - June 1979
Chicago, Illinois
Margaret v Lindahl
Jan 22, 1914 - Apr 19, 1998
Pierz, MN
Bertha E Lindahl
Feb 8, 1905 - Jun 24, 2000
Barrington, IL
Felicia J Lindahl
Feb 11, 1957 - Aug 5, 2009
Lake Worth, FL
Carl Lindahl
Jun 24, 1880 - August 1969
Rockford, Illinois
Jerome C Lindahl
Apr 27, 1929 - Aug 3, 2007
Tucson, AZ
Virginia Lindahl
May 27, 1957 - Oct 5, 1991
Elmer Lindahl
Aug 7, 1906 - October 1974
Laramie, Wyoming
Ralph O Lindahl
Sep 15, 1913 - May 26, 2006
Canon City, CO
Harry Lindahl
Jul 24, 1893 - March 1967
Smithfield, Illinois
Gustav Lindahl
Dec 26, 1923 - Jun 16, 2001
Park Ridge, IL
Stanley Lindahl
Aug 11, 1939 - November 1982
Kenneth C Lindahl
Jul 15, 1941 - May 9, 2008
Savannah, TN

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