The two-hour program features exclusive interviews with longtime friends and neighbors of the victim, including Bill Boecker and Maria Boecker, who had an emotional jailhouse confrontation with one of the killers; Olander’s family members, including his cousin Paul Lundquist; key investigators, including lead detective on the case Chris Wagner and former Carver County Sheriff Jim Olson; and forensic scientists from the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension Steve Swenson and Katherine Igowsky, whose expert analysis helped authorities lock away the killers.
This episode of “ABC 20/20” airs tonight November 11 at 9PM ET. In 1977, Life in East Union, Minnesota, was idyllic for 90-year-old Earl Olander, a modest farmer who attended church every Sunday in the rural community where he had lived since birth. When authorities found Olander murdered — his body tied up and brutally beaten, his house ransacked — shockwaves reverberated throughout the tight-knit town he called home. Neighbors were left wondering why anyone would want to kill Earl Olander. In a new “20/20,” ABC News correspondent John Quiñones reports on the twists and turns in the case, from the revelation that Olander was a secret millionaire to the mysterious clue found inside his Bible that led authorities to the killers. You can watch next day on Hulu. Also, check out the official podcast at ABCAudio.
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