Sometimes there seems to be no explanation

 Karen Lindsey, 53, died of repeated stabbing on Wed. No, it wasn’t her husband or her boyfriend. The person who has been arrested for the murder is Karmen Lindsey, 21, her daughter. Authorities were notified by her father and the victim’s husband Dean Lindsey. A knife was recovered at the scene. There is no indications at this point that drugs or alcohol were involved in the murder. Police have not released a motive for the murder. There is also no indications of past incidents involving the family.

Karmen Lindsey was arrested, then was taken to the hospital shortly after her arrest. Reportedly she was bleeding from the struggle. She was returned to the jail where she is being held.

Articles like these, always make me wonder if there isn’t some mental health history going on here. 21 is about the age when a lot of mental illnesses will manifest themselves, or will worsen. It is also about the age where a young person who may have had a previous history, might try to experiment with what life without meds might be like. And as young adults, they can stop or change their mental health treatment without their parents approval.


Thanks to the Lindsey Family we have an update on the case.

Karmen Lindsey pleaded guilty to class AA murder via a plea agreement and was sentenced to 40 years in prison, with 20 years of the sentence suspended and she also gets credit for time served.   



  1. Luv said,

    March 18, 2006 at 6:41 pm

    I know the father and tknew the mother in this family. I live in the same town, a very small town that has been affected by this terrible crime. There are no answers as of yet, but the speculation is a mental health and or drug involvement. I think that there will be plenty of stories around this death, but until the trial, we may never know.
    A side note. This family is well known in the area for helping other families in need. They are liked by all. If someone in the area is in need for medical attention, the Lindseys put on benefit auctions to help defray medical costs. They have always put others before them which is why this whole community is so saddened. Please pray for this family.

  2. March 18, 2006 at 7:40 pm

    It does sound as though the whole community suffered a great loss. I can only offer my sympathy to you, to the family and to your community.

  3. katie said,

    March 22, 2006 at 12:39 am

    i have known karmen for about 2 years and we were very close for the first year of knowing each other. while we were close she told me that she went to anger management classes. i also know that she was into drugs and i am thinking that that is what the argument may have been about. i couldnt believe it when i read that she had done that. its sooo sad.

  4. Jewels said,

    March 23, 2006 at 7:00 am

    It is a very sad situation and the whole community has continued to be in shock. The funeral for Karen was held on Monday and in this small community of 10,000 or so people, the church was filled to capacity of 900 and even overflowing with another 400 folding chairs in all areas of the church. It tells the story of this family and what they have given to our community. One of the things that Father John did say that struck the people attending the funeral was “Karen loved Karmen as you do Dean. Please lets also offer prayers for Karmen.” Couldn’t have said it better.

  5. Lindsey Family said,

    April 3, 2007 at 6:54 am

    I am Karen Lindsey’s niece. This has been such a terrible thing that has affected our family. It has been a year since the incident, and Karmen has recently pleaded guilty, She only got 20 years in prison, I am so angered that she is not getting what she deserves!!!!!

  6. April 3, 2007 at 11:14 pm

    […] Gary Walsh wrote an interesting post today onHere’s a quick excerptThis has been such a terrible thing that has affected our family. It has been a year since the incident, and Karmen has recently pleaded guilty, She only got 20 years in prison, I am so angered that she is not getting what she deserves! … […]

  7. Lynn Nelson said,

    August 29, 2007 at 7:52 am

    As a victim of repeated abuse by many involved in this matter I must comment that being repeatedly attacked for no reason leads you to develop a defense mechanism. Drugs and alcohol kill one way or another and to have such a dependence on them is a ticking time bomb. There’s always two sides to every story. Some walk away and just don’t consider it worth it. Did Karmen have that opportunity?

  8. friend and family said,

    February 24, 2011 at 4:55 pm

    i am a friend of karmen and also related to the fanily and it has been a few years since this has all happened. there will never be any answers to make this better for any of us. all i know is that someone lost their life over something senseless, and i dont think saying that drugs or anger issues will solve this. but i have seen karmen three times between when it happened and her trial and i think that teenagers or young adults get mad over very dumb things. and sadly it went to far. but now in the end, karmen sits in prison ( whether deserved or not) a young ladys who was so full of life is locked up. and now both her parents are passed on and i think the guilt she must feel is horrible. sometimes i think we need to halp people to get help and learn that because of your actions ur mother is dead , and not ur dad passed on. but i dont think that she deserved life in prison. and another point that i have from being friends and family is that i cant think of a single time that karmen could ever do anything that was good enuf for her mom, maybe she just snapped from all of the negativity she always recieved…. and do not get me wrong im am not!!!!making this as an excuse im just saying.

  9. friend and family said,

    February 24, 2011 at 4:57 pm

    i am in total agreeance , not that it makes the situation any better.

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