Chandler Halderson: Son sawed off parents' bodies after killing them for busting his lies

Chandler Halderson from Wisconsin is now on trial for the double murder case of Bart and Krista Halderson


                            Chandler Halderson: Son sawed off parents' bodies after killing them for busting his lies
Chandler Halderson allegedly killed his parents Bart and Krista Halderson in (Dane County Sheriff's Office)
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MADISON, WISCONSIN: Chandler Halderson, 23, is facing trial for the alleged murder of his parents and it was revealed that he chopped off their bodies using a saw and scissors before burning their heads in a fireplace and reporting them missing. Halderson is facing two counts of first-degree intentional homicide in the deaths of Bart and Krista Halderson. But he has pleaded not guilty.

Halderson has also been charged with two counts of providing false information on a kidnapping, two counts of mutilating a corpse and two counts of hiding a corpse. It has been said that the young man first shot his 50-year-old father in the back and then murdered his 53-year-old mother in July 2021 before dismembering their bodies.

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Halderson’s trial began on Tuesday, January 4, during which prosecutor William Brown alleged that he took the lives of his parents because they got to know his lies. Brown accused Halderson of catfishing his family and lying to them about a job he got at SpaceX and working for American Family Insurance. Besides, the suspect had also allegedly lied about attending Madison College and faked a “Human Resources representative from American Family Insurance to discuss issues with salary,” WMTV reported.

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The prosecutor told the court, “and he didn’t even give them the dignity of having a funeral or even a final resting place in one piece, or together. Their remains were scattered.” Brown also said that during investigation human remains, including fragments of human skulls and facial and knee bones, were discovered from the ashes from the fireplace in the victims’ house.

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Initially, after killing his father and mother on July 1 and throwing some of their body parts in the woods, Halderson had reported them missing. He said that Bart and Krista went on a trip to their cabin, but did not come back. However, he was soon arrested after the remains of his father were found by the cops. During day one of the trial, three witnesses testified. One of them was Deputy John Nelson from the Dane County Sheriff’s Office, who said: “He seemed lethargic and tired as he described not seeing his parents for a week.” Nelson also added that the accused was slow in responding during interrogation.

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The victims' other son Mitchell Halderson also appeared during the trial and said that he first heard about his parents going to their cabin from his aunt, which was completely normal. But then he testified that he got a message from his brother in which he expressed his concern for the pair who were on the trip with friends. Mitchell said he himself looked for his parents and also gave Langlade County authorities permission to check the cabin where Chandler Halderson claimed Bart and Krista went. “I wanted to do something myself about it. Felt like I needed to do something,” he added.

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However, attorney Catherine Dorl defended Halderson and said that he “did not murder his parents.” Dorl also called the accused a “normal kid,” who loved video games and spending time with his girlfriend. Dorl added: “The evidence will show you that there is a gap of evidence when it comes to that time frame. Your job is to listen to this evidence as jurors, listen to the evidence from the perspective of a juror, not from the perspective of a story corroborator.” It has been said that the trial will probably take three weeks before the verdict is announced.

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