Last week the body of 78-year-old Barbara Olsen was discovered lying in a pool of blood inside her garage. At the time police were calling the death “particularly violent” and that they had two juveniles in custody; her great grandson and his friend. Now that the criminal complaint has been released, the disturbing details of what happened to Olsen have been revealed.
According to 13-year-old Nathan Paape’s admission, he and 13-year-old Antonio Barbeau went to the home of Antonio’s great mother to kill her and steal some money. They got a ride to her home from Nathan’s mother, concealing a hammer and hatchet they brought along with them. After entering Olsen’s home through an unlocked side door attached to the garage, they encountered Olsen.
Olsen told Antonio that she was calling his mother, but when she turned around to do so, Antonio struck her in the back of the head with the blunt end of the hatchet. After she fell on the ground, she tried protecting herself with her hands while begging Antonio to stop as he struck her with the hatchet’s blunt end a couple more times. Nathan then joined in and struck Olsen in the head with the hammer.
Hopefully dead by that point, Antonio then used the bladed end of the hatchet to strike Olsen. Nathan told police it got stuck in Olsen’s head and it took both boys to pull it free. After confirming she was dead, the boys tried loading her body inside her car’s trunk, but were unable to do so. They went through the house and took jewelry, Olsen’s purse and other items before getting in her car and driving away from the scene.
From there they went to a bowling alley parking lot where they ditched the car and walked across to street and ate pizza. Afterwards they placed some jewelry in the backseat of the car and left it unlocked with the keys in the ignition in hopes of someone stealing it and being blamed for Olsen’s murder. When Antonio was later questioned at the juvenile detention facility he had been placed on Tuesday for an unrelated incident, he first denied any involvement but then admitted his role and confirmed the details in Nathan’s confession.
Using the info given by the boys, search warrants were issued and investigators found Olsen’s purse in a storm drain near Nathan’s house. Blood-splattered items from Olsen’s home, as well bloody clothing, were found inside Nathan’s house. In the trunk of Olsen’s vehicle police found the hatchet and hammer the boys used, along with a crocheted throw with bits of human flesh on it. On the floor of the front seat they would find a school paper with the name “Nate” written on it. Blood-spattered shoes were found in Antonio’s locker.
The boys next court date is set for October 2 where they will answer to charges of fist degree homicide. They are facing life in prison if convicted and from the details we have now, it doesn’t seem like prosecutors have a tough job in front of them.Tags: Antonio Barbeau, Barbara Olsen, Crime, hammer, hatchet, Murder, Nathan Paape, Wisconsin