TRIPLE MURDER-SUICIDE: Linda Van Der Linden and her two sons, Matthew Van Der Linden, 4, and Julien Van Der Linden, 7, were found stabbed to death in separate bedrooms in their Van Buren Township, MI, home, while Michael Van Der Linden, died in a fatal car crash near Michigan City. Another motorist was also killed in the accident. Police are trying to determine if Michael Van Der Linden had killed his family and then himself in a triple murder-suicide.
When officers visited the Van Der Linden home, in an affluent Detroit neighborhood, they found the front door ajar and, when no one answered, went inside.
The two young boys and mother, 34, were found stabbed in their chests in their beds, police said.
LaPorte County Medical Examiner John Sullivan told WSBT it appears Van Der Linden stabbed his wife and children and then fled, eventually crashing near Michigan City. Source
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families involved. Depression is a sickness that should not be ignored. Linda Van Der Linden and her kids didn’t deserve the hand they were dealt. This was a senseless act of violence.
Police near Michigan City say it appears Vanderlinden left a highway rest area going eastbound in the westbound lanes and crashed head-on with another vehicle about 1:30 a.m. Thursday, causing a fire that engulfed both vehicles. Both Van Der Linden and 45-year-old Juan Nelson, of Portage, Ind., were pronouced dead at the scene. Source