|Date|| January 13, 1888|
|Location(s)||Preston, Minnesota, United States|
At that time a severe cold wave and a snow storm caused dozens of deaths in the northwest of the United States, and Olstrom reportedly decapitated his family members with a broadaxe, because he thought they would perish due to a lack of food and fuel. A 14-year-old boy was said to have been able to escape the murderer by jumping out of a window.
According to the St. Paul Daily Globe there was no truth to the story, instead it apparently was based on another incident which had occurred earlier that month in Nessel township near Rush City, in which a man named Erick Erickson had murdered his wife and left his six sons in destitute condition when he was imprisoned.
- ↑ An awful crime, Janesville Daily Gazette (January 17, 1888)
- ↑ Saved from freezing, Salt Lake Daily Tribune (January 17, 1888)
- ↑ A family murdered, The Evening Post (March 17, 1888)
- ↑ Boreas to rest now - Death by cold too slow, Milwaukee Daily Journal (January 16, 1888)
- ↑ A Frightful Death-list, Ann Arbor Argus (January 20, 1888)
- ↑ A canard, St. Paul Daily Globe (January 17, 1888)
- ↑ Most Heinous Crime, St. Paul Daily Globe (January 7, 1888)