On the day his trial was scheduled to begin, Karl Karlsen finally admitted to murdering his son five years ago to collect on a life insurance policy. Prior to his guilty plea, Karlsen had vehemently denied any wrongdoing.
In 2008, the 53-year-old caused his son, Levi Karlsen (then 23 years old), to be crushed to death under a pickup truck in Seneca County, New York. The fatal incident happened a mere 17 days after Karlsen took out a life insurance policy on his son. Following the death, he collected $707,210.
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