2018 closed with Ken Andersen still wrongfully imprisoned for a crime he did not commit. However, 2018 saw the state of Minnesota granting Ken a new hearing and new evidence was introduced to prove he is innocent. He is currently awaiting the Judge to rule on the following petitions. Of course, the state’s argument is that their theory and the mislead jury is infallible and anything else is a lie. Here’s the entire proceeding. Take the time and see for yourself.petitioner’s post-hearing memorandum
On Tuesday of this week, Ken Andersen appeared back in court to introduce new evidence that he is innocent of the crime of murder. I spoke with him on the phone Wednesday, and Ken thinks the hearing went very well. He and his attorney, were able to bring to light many new facts that add to a pile of evidence he is not the person responsible for Chad Swedberg’s murder.
This is a long process and very difficult to accomplish. If any of you are watching season 2 of Netflix’s “Making of a Murderer”, it is easy to have reasonable doubt either of those men committed that crime. In spite of a world wide audience that is convinced of their innocence, they both remain imprisoned. Ken’s situation is no different. Many people want to always give law enforcement the benefit of the doubt, and this is what occurs when all they desire is a conviction at any cost.
Ken outlined the process that is happening now, and believes he should hear an ultimate ruling in about five months. The media was mostly silent this week, except for Kevin Wallevand, at Channel Six in Fargo. Here is the interview he gave with Ken’s mother, Geraldine Bellanger.
On October 23, 2018, a court will hear and render a decision, after hearing evidence that Ken Andersen is not guilty of the murder of Chad Swedberg. Let us pray that this leads to Ken’s freedom and exoneration. The sad part will be that the authorities got the wrong person and allowed the murderer to go free. Here is the order for a new hearing.
This sad story has always begun and ended with Leslie Fain. She is the one who first reported her husband’s death and called 911. She was the first story investigator’s talked to and gave them them her opinion of her and Chad’s life. The following pages show how she didn’t like Kenneth and Lisa Swedberg, how she admits the stress Chad was under with her own family crowding into live at their house, and how she worried Chad and Al Baker’s maple syrup stand might be in trouble since they didn’t own the land it was on. Leslie gives an “account” of what happened on the morning he was slain. I used quotes, because later it was discovered she wasn’t telling the whole truth and skipped some things that would put herself in jeopardy. She even implicates Kenneth Swedberg in the murder. Leslie spins another tale of how Chad was going to buy a green house. At first she claims they were not having financial difficulty but later her bank statement show dozens of bounced checks, so buying anything would prove to be a problem. They were found to be borrowing money to make their past due mortgage payments as well. Leslie gives several bogus “accounts” about the sale of the infamous Tikka rifle. After reading these four pages, how could she be trusted to give any account that could be used in court is beyond belief?
If you have read the latest petition telling how Ken Andersen was wrongly convicted for the killing of Chad Swedberg, you may have questions about whether or not these new claims can be backed up. They can and I will offer you proof. Here are some of the issues that caused the lies surrounding the prosecution’s case against Ken.
- Ken charged that the media, particularly the Detroit Lakes News, had reported that Ken had shot Chad before he even had a trial, which polluted the jury pool. One of the headlines was “Prosecutors say Andersen Shot Swedberg in back on April 13”. The DA responds by saying there is no proof the paper ever talked to an actual prosecutor. What? Do they think the local paper lied about this? They need proof that the information came from a prosecutor? No matter that the headline has already prejudiced the readers. Here’ the exhibit. The media literally saturated the small community with “news” that Ken was guilty without even having a trial. Guess what? It worked.
2. Page 292 also begins the DA’s response to the claim they were eavesdropping on Ken’s telephone conversation’s with his attorney, which is illegal. They emphatically deny they are doing it. Pages 293 and 294 continue their denial of these allegations.
3. The next page is the DA’s response to Ken’s charge that key witnesses have been ordered not to cooperate with Ken’s investigator, which would help cripple his ability for a capable defense. The DA’s response is once again to deny they did anything wrong.
All of these answers by the Becker County DA have been proven to be lies. I will post proof of this and show that Ken Andersen did not get a fair trial and deserves to be retried or set free. One thing that will be clear is that he is innocent of this crime and should not be in prison. He was definitely framed. I will post more on Wednesday, October 19.
On Wednesday I posted the words of Ken Swedberg, Chad Swedberg’s brother and neighbor, about the events of April 13, 2007. Let’s take a careful look at his account of that morning. Of all the ones who took the stand against Ken Andersen, you might think he would be the one who just wanted justice for his brother’s murder.
After a detailed family history that includes the land deals the family was engaged in, Ken S. talks about the night of April 12. He says that Chad came over with Jesse Fain about 8pm to look at some maple syrup Ken S. had. He says they were just talking shop about the syrup business. He does admit they have argued and fought as brothers might do. Ken S. talks extensively about his bee business for a while as the prosecution gets around to the morning of April 13.
Ken Swedberg says he got up early and went out to stir the syrup for 5-10 minutes and watched his daughter Megan get on the bus at 7:40am. He also sees Thomas Covington get on the bus. He was about to “take off” by tieing down his truck, and making some sandwiches. Now here is where it gets weird. The prosecution fast forwards two hours and twenty minutes ahead to when Leslie Fain calls him from where Chad lays dead.
Ken, what were you doing for 2 1/2 hours? They prosecutor never asks. They go immediately into the arrival of EMT’s and Police Officers.
Ken Andersen actually does have an alibi and a blow-by-blow account of what he was doing that morning. It was verified by the investigators as they attempted to tear it apart. It seems very odd that the Police gave Leslie Fain, Al Baker, and Ken Swedberg a free pass when it came to the time from 7:40am to 9:58am.
The next thing that occurs is they let Ken S. ruin the crime scene.
Poor Mr. Durkin tries to ask about the conditions of the ground that morning, the strange way Thomas Covington was dressed, his hurry to catch the bus, and the death threats Covington made against Chad, but is quickly shut up by Zdrazil and the judge.
By keeping tight lid on the information the jury could hear, the case against Ken Andersen was still extremely weak, and we still don’t have more answers as to what really happened that morning. We do have more questions.
1. When was Chad really killed?
2. Where was he killed?
3. Why was he killed?
On the morning of April 13, 2007, at about 10 am, Chad Swedberg, a man in White Earth, Minnesota, was found dead in the woods behind his house. Below is a picture of the crime scene. Once you open the pdf, you can “right click” and rotate the picture clockwise. You can also zoom in and inspect the details.
There are many accounts of what happened that morning. The following account is from one Joseph MacArthur, a police officer in White Earth.
In these 5 pages, MacArthur says he got the dispatch call at 9:55 am and arrived at 37450 Little White Earth Lake Road at 1031 am. He was told that the victim was Chad Swedberg and was definitely dead. He was also told the call came from the person who found him, Leslie Fain, his wife. He soon saw Leslie drive up to the house in a truck and go in the house.
At this moment, the house had not been secured. He then told the officers to secure the house. There is no record as to what that order meant or if it was done. He was told the crime scene was already secured. He reports the weather was warm and the ground was soft and muddy. Instead of going to the actual place the murder occurred, MacArthur decides to ride in Lisa Swedberg’s suv with Ken Swedberg, the brother of Chad, at the wheel. They drive on County Highway #34, and then over to Fish Hook Lake. They then drove over to CR #21 to North 374th to the intersection of 280th ave. They got out and walked around Fish Hook Lake. He lets Ken smoke a cigarette on the trail not caring this is contaminating the scene. They found no tracks or evidence at all.
During this time, possible witnesses and suspects were waiting at the White Earth RTC and getting upset over having to wait. MacArthur goes to interview them, after spending only a few minutes at the crime scene, where any possible clues were still in existence. For the past hour, police and citizens have been plunging in the mud over and over on the trail on ATV’s and trucks. destroying the scene completely.
At the RTC, he interviews Ann Fain, and Thomas Covington. It is curious as to why he only talked to them at this very crucial time. He later talks to his brother, John MacArthur, who assures him he has talked to everyone except for Terry Andersen, It is reported that Brian Donner had heard gun shots early in the morning, but no time was given yet. MacArthur talks to Ken Swedberg again, but at the end of the day, no clues or suspects have emerged, which later will become a source of frustration to the police.