'So I lost it': Unhinged man hacks 93-yr-old grandma to death believing she had 'altered' his bacon

Dustin Gene Tinklenberg claimed he was 'emotional' and accused his grandmother of abusing him sexually when he was a young child

'So I lost it': Unhinged man hacks 93-yr-old grandma to death believing she had 'altered' his bacon
Dustin Gene Tinklenberg killed his grandmother with a tomahawk-style hatchet (Kanabec County Sheriff’s Office copy)
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OGILVIE, MINNESOTA: Dustin Gene Tinklenberg was detained on Tuesday, September 13 for charges pertaining to one count of second-degree murder in connection with the death of Stella Anderson, his grandmother. Tinklenberg, 42, was claimed to have killed his 93-year-old grandmother with a tomahawk-style hatchet because he thought she had "altered" his bacon.

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Deputies responded to a call for a welfare check on a single-family home in the 1300 block of Highway 23 in Ogilvie on September 13 at around 12.30 pm, according to a press release from the Kanabec County Sheriff's Office. First responders arrived on the site and discovered Anderson "deceased of obvious homicidal violence" inside their Minnesota house.

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A copy of the criminal complaint obtained by Minneapolis/St Paul-based news outlet Bring Me the News states that Anderson's daughter and at least one other family member found her dead before calling 911.

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Two of Anderson's great-grandchildren told investigators that on the evening of September 12 they "went to Anderson's home to pick up something from someone who was camping on the property. While outside of the home, one of the great-grandchildren said she heard shouting coming from inside," as reported by Law&Crime.

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Anderson's grandchildren added, "Minutes later, she was getting back into her car when she reportedly observed Tinklenberg on the deck just outside of the house." According to the affidavit, her great-grandchild allegedly stated that Tinklenberg "seemed to be upset," noting that "his fists were closed/clenched" and that he "was looking over the deck yelling at something."

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Tinklenberg was reportedly arrested by police after being discovered at a nearby residence. An autopsy performed by the coroner's office stated that Anderson died of homicide, resulting from "horrific sharp force injuries," including "seven cuts to her head from a tomahawk type hatchet," according to Bring Me the News.

Reports claimed that investigators quickly learned Tinklenberg quite often had a hatchet in his possession. Witnesses informed police that he had slammed the small axe into the wood bar at Fat Jack's bar in Bock after an argument with a staff member in early 2021.

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Tinklenberg admitted to being homeless but occasionally staying with his grandmother during a police interview, according to reports. He claimed he was "emotional" and accused his grandmother of abusing him sexually when he was a young child, adding that she later harassed him as an adult.

Bring Me the News reported that Tinklenberg informed investigators that he was often monitored by drones and that he had undergone a number of surgeries that he could not even recall. The police report read, "Tinklenberg then proceeded to lift up his shirt to show them the scars – no scarring was observed."

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Tinklenberg reportedly informed police that his grandmother had "somehow manipulated/altered the bacon he was eating," adding, "so I lost it." He may spend up to 40 years in jail if found guilty.

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