California Reopens Fatal Karlsen Fire Investigation

Police in California have reopened an investigation into a 1991 fire that killed the wife of a Seneca County man recently charged with murdering his son. 

The Calaveras County sheriff’s office said Wednesday they are interviewing people about the 1991 fire in northern California that killed Christina Karlsen, a 30-year-old mother of three young children.  Her husband, Karl Karlsen, said then it was caused by a kerosene spill.

Christina Karlsen

 

Karl Karlsen was charged last month with two counts of second-degree murder and one count of insurance fraud in the 2008 death of his son Levi Karlsen. He was crushed beneath a truck he was working on in Varick. 

Karl Karlsen

 

Local authorities recently learned about a life insurance policy on 23-year-old Levi Karlsen taken out days before his death.

Click here to read about Karlsen's court appearance from earlier this week.

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