Levi Karlsen would be alive, if Calaveras County, California Sheriff's deputies had done their job. That's what Levi's maternal relatives believe, and they have set-up a new Facebook page to draw attention to the man they say murdered Levi and his mother.
53-year old Karl H. Karlsen, of 885 Yale Farm Road, Romulus, New York has been charged with murder in the second degree. It is alleged that on November 20, 2008, Karlsen intentionally caused the death of his son by having a truck he was working on, fall off a jack on top of the 23-year old.
Kalrsen is also charged with insurance fraud, concealing a will, and perjury.
Karlsen's first wife died in a California fire in 1991.
Karl Karlsen is lead from the Seneca County Courthouse. Photo by Greg Cotterill, Finger Lakes News Radio.
Later this month he'll be back in Seneca County Court to continue a hearing to determine what evidence will be allow at his October murder trial. Earlier this month the court watched several hours of a taped interview between Karlsen and a Seneca County Sheriff's Department and New York State Police Investigators.
On the Facebook page relatives say "Unlike Calaveras County, New York detectives immediately investigated the allegation. As they developed their case, the New York detectives called Calaveras County and offered to work with them in the development of my sister’s case. Calaveras County has ignored their offer of assistance."
Levi (as a young boy) and Kristina Karlsen. Photos from Facebook.
Here is the text from the new Facebook page titled Justice for Christina Alexander-Karlsen and Levi Karlsen:
I would like to thank the dedicated team of professionals in New York, who are diligently pursuing a conviction for the murder of my nephew. The New York team has offered their assistance to the Calaveras County District Attorney’s Office. Unfortunately for my family, after 22 years of seeking justice in the murder of Chris, the Calaveras County District Attorney appears to be less than receptive to New Yorks offered assistance. This has been the SOP of Calaveras County for the last 22 years. Chris died in a house fire on January 1, 1991. Chris had initiated a $200,000 life insurance policy roughly 20 day before the fire took her life. The day after the fire, my family and raised their concerns that the fire that killed Chris, “looked suspicious.” Calaveras County did not believe us; they refused to maintain the integrity of the crime scene, and allowed anyone who wanted to visit the site of her death, to trample the evidence, and declared her death was accidental. The Sheriff’s Department allowed Karl to leave the state with my sister’s children, five days after her death. Karl left before she was laid to rest. To date, Karl has never visited his wife, where she was laid to rest. Once he left the state, law enforcement officers indicated that it would be too expensive to bring him back for further questioning.
In November of 2002, Karl was involved in another fire in New York, where he lost property and livestock. He received another insurance payout that was purchased weeks before the fire. Calaveras County reopened the case, spoke only to my father, and closed the case. We believe between the fire in Murphys and the fire in New York, the evidence of foul play was glaring. Again, Calaveras County did not want to spend the money to return him to the state for questioning.
My nephew was murdered November 20, 2008. His death was also determined to be accidental, and Karl received his third insurance payout. The detectives in New York received a tip early in 2012 that foul play was involved in the death of Levi. Unlike Calaveras County, New York detectives immediately investigated the allegation. As they developed their case, the New York detectives called Calaveras County and offered to work with them in the development of my sister’s case. Calaveras County has ignored their offer of assistance. My nephew Levi would not have died in2008, if Calaveras County had done their job.
I am hopeful that people all across this great nation will share this page with as many friends as possible, in hopes of putting enough pressure and public awareness on District Attorney, Barbara Yook to do the job that her predecessors failed to do. To date, DA Yook has not returned one call to the detectives in New York nor the DA that is handling the case. In a meeting with her and her staff on June 18, 2013, she questioned the abilities of the New York Detectives to place a call to the right individual, indicating there are two Barbara’s in her office and possibly, the other Barbara received the messages. She then made a statement to the effect of, “maybe they called the Sheriff’s office.” It is this type of apathetic behavior that my family and I have dealt with for the past twenty two (22) years. Her attitude leads me to believe that once again, the DA has no intention of pursuing justice in the murder of Chris. Please join us in our fight for justice.
More Finger Lakes Daily News Articles on the Karlsen Murder Case.
Levi Karlsen's Grandmother and Christina Karlsen's mother, Arlene Meltzer, tells reporters outside the Seneca County Courthouse that she came "to see justice done." Standing beside her is Christina's sister Colette Bousson. Both women came to Waterloo from California for Karl Karlsen's first court appearance in December 2012. Photo by Greg Cotterill, Finger Lakes News Radio.