Earl Thelander Videos

News Reports and other Videos Concerning Earl Thelander Copper Theft Death

Earl Thelander
80 YOA
Home Residence: 710 1st Street, Onawa, IA
Crime Location: 20877 Gum Ave., Onawa, IA, Monona County
Date of Crime: August 28, 2007
Date of Death: September 1, 2007

Earl Thelander of Onawa, IA, died from second- and third-degree burns sustained over 80% of his body in an August 28, 2007 explosion after copper thieves stripped propane gas lines from a country home he was renovating and let the home fill with propane gas.

With Earl’s death came the nation’s first — and only known to date — innocent fatality resulting from the growing copper theft epidemic.

The estimated value of the copper stolen and exchanged for a good man’s life: less than $20.


WHO-TV (Des Moines) Channel 13’s Aaron Brilbeck reports on
Earl Thelander’s unsolved death. Air date: July 29, 2010 


KTIV-TV Channel 4 reports on the
Iowa Cold Cases website – June 9, 2008

Remembering Earl Thelander
KTIV Channel 4 News — May 10, 2008


Copper Thieves Steal Lives
A home where three generations once lived, laughed and loved.
Video made by Jody Ewing and sent to the Iowa Legislature to encourage support of Iowa House Study Bill 660.


Family of Copper Theft Victim Offers $5,000 Reward
News Report from KTIV-TV Channel 4 — Jan. 6, 2008


I’ll Remember You, Dad Earl
Video made by Earl’s stepdaughter Jody Ewing six months before Earl’s death

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