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article imageTwo Wisconsin boys, 13, charged in murder of great-grandmother

By Arthur Weinreb     Sep 24, 2012 in Crime
Sheboygan Falls - The two, one the great-grandson of the victim, are alleged to have brutally beaten the 78-year-old woman to death and robbed her of jewelry and cash.
According to the criminal complaint [PDF], police in Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin received a call at 1 p.m. last Wednesday to go to the home of Barbara Olson, 78. The call was made by Olson's daughter who went to the house to check on her mother.
Olson was found lying in the garage with massive injuries to her head and she was declared dead at the scene. Olson's daughter told investigators her mother's car was missing. The vehicle was later found in the parking lot of a Sheboygan bowling alley.
The investigation led police to the home of Nathan Paape, 13. Nathan allegedly admitted that he went to Olson's home with Antonio Barbeau. Antonio, also 13, was Olson's great-grandson. Nathan said the purpose of going to the home was to rob and kill the elderly woman.
According to Nathan, he had a hammer while Antonio had a hatchet. Both boys hid the weapons from Nathan's mother who drove the boys to the Sheboygan Falls home.
It is alleged the boys entered the residence through an unlocked door. When Olson confronted them and threatened to call Antonio's mother, Antonio struck the woman several times on the head using the blunt side of the hatchet. Nathan admitted hitting Olson a couple of times with the hammer.
While Olson was groaning and telling them to stop, it is alleged Antonio hit her on the head with the blade of the hatchet. The force of the blow was such that it took both boys to pull the blade out of the woman's head.
Knowing she was dead, the boys ransacked the home taking cash, jewelry, and other items. They intended to put Olson's body in the trunk of her car but found that too difficult. So they left her on the floor of the garage.
The boys took the car, parked in the bowling alley parking lot, and then went for pizza. After eating they bought some wipes and attempted to remove their fingerprints from the vehicle. They left some of the jewelry in the backseat of the car, hoping someone would steal the vehicle.
The jewelry was found still in the car and the hatchet and hammer were recovered from the trunk. Other evidence was found in the car including what appeared to be human tissue. Additional evidence, including the wipes, was recovered from nearby bushes.
Antonio was interviewed in a juvenile detention center where he was being held on an unrelated matter. According to police, after an initial denial he admitted what he had done. What he told officers was substantially the same as what Nathan said happened.
Both boys appeared in court Friday before Sheboygan County Court Commissioner Rebecca Persick. Persick set bail at $1 million each and was quoted in the Wausau Daily Herald as saying, "This is a horrendous act...An extremely violent crime."
Outside the courtroom, prosecutor Joe DeCecco said, "The callousness of the crime is an aspect of the case that will shock and disturb the community. The fact that they went out and had a pizza indicates their extreme lack of concern for the woman."
The Sheboygan Daily reports Antonio has a juvenile record, the facts of which cannot be disclosed because of his age. Nathan has never been in trouble with the law before.
Both boys, who are being tried as adults, are scheduled to be back in court on Oct. 2.
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