Middletown death possible homicide

Middletown death possible homicide

There are 32 comments on the WISH-TV 8 Indiana News story from Aug 19, 2008, titled Middletown death possible homicide. In it, WISH-TV 8 Indiana News reports that:

An autopsy is expected to be performed Tuesday on a rural Middletown man found severely injured in his home Monday afternoon, and authorities are investigating his death a short time later as a homicide.

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Angie

Lake Villa, IL

#21 Aug 19, 2008
I grew up in middletown, Lived there for 10 years until my dad passed away, and not one time did I ever hear of anything like that happening in middletown. That is a very quite neighborhood. I graduated from there. When I heard about this on the news I was in shock. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.
Angie

Lake Villa, IL

#22 Aug 19, 2008
I lived in middletown for about 10 years and not one time did i ever hear of something like that. My thoughts and prayers are with the family. I never knew them, but That is the place I grew up, and everyone knows everyone. That kind of thing dont happen. I hope they get caught, and spend the rest of thier pathetic life in prison.
Tom

United States

#23 Aug 20, 2008
Scared wrote:
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I think that's what scares alot of people of Middletown is that this isn't a place that you hear alot about things like this. I pray for the family and the kids, but it's put a mark on alot of people. I've talked to alot of my friends, and we are all worried.
I understand your concern. I lived in Middletown several years ago and usually the wildest thing was Friday and Saturday night runs at the taverns. It was a very pleasant and quiet little town but it seems no place is safe anymore. Now days you must be alert to everything around you and watchful for anything that looks unusual. You just can't be complacent anymore. It is much like we had to be in Nam, observent of every little detail. America needs to wake up and make their homes, towns, and cities safe again.
Tom

United States

#24 Aug 20, 2008
Kris wrote:
The article said he left work and hoped to be home for his school age children after they returned home from school. It seemed to imply that he might have left early for in order to get home for his children as though this was not his normal routine. If it was NOT his normal routine why did it change that day?? Did the mom get home at her normal time?? This is such a sad thing to hear that little children have lost a daddy. I am just thankful, as a mother, that they did not have to be the ones to walk into the home, I could not imagine how tramatic that might be for them.
Actually Kris, it wa normal for him to be home to meet his children when they came home. He was usually finished working by 2:45-3:00 pm. This seems to indicate it was someone unknown to him. If the perpetrator was known then we are looking at premeditated murder. No matter this was senseless.
M-Town Resident

United States

#25 Aug 20, 2008
I have been a resident for 19 years and live on the same street as the Pattersons. Not knowing what happened I wish people would not speculate, these were good family people and it should not have happened. My hope is that as the investigators know some information they can share it so the residents of M-town can relax. My thoughts and prayers go to the Patterson family.
Kris

United States

#26 Aug 20, 2008
Tom wrote:
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Actually Kris, it wa normal for him to be home to meet his children when they came home. He was usually finished working by 2:45-3:00 pm. This seems to indicate it was someone unknown to him. If the perpetrator was known then we are looking at premeditated murder. No matter this was senseless.
This crime is beyond senseless. Two children left without a father now, and for what??? I guess it will take time to figure this out. He could have walked in on someone in his home and was attacked. The sooner this murderer is caught the better!!
Tom

United States

#27 Aug 20, 2008
M-Town Resident wrote:
I have been a resident for 19 years and live on the same street as the Pattersons. Not knowing what happened I wish people would not speculate, these were good family people and it should not have happened. My hope is that as the investigators know some information they can share it so the residents of M-town can relax. My thoughts and prayers go to the Patterson family.
I agree with you, it is very difficult to understand the ignorance behind such senseless acts. I have known and been friends with the Pattersons for nearly 18 years. This has shaken me to the core and my heart breaks for Moc and the children. Catching the person or persons (which I believe) will not bring Mike back but to everyone living around the area there will be a sigh of relief knowing some moral deficit monster will no longer prey on the innocent. At present those of us who are touched personally by this barbaric act are feeling a total sense of frustration. Knowing there is absolutely nothing you can do to help this family except pray for them and be there when needed. Most everyone who voiced an opinion was very sympathetic and understandably concerned. Scotty if you read this, I want to thank you for standing up and apologizing when you felt you had offended someone. It isn't easy to do. I will forever remember Mike very fondly as a true and solid friend and this loss is tremendous for me as I count so few as true friends. Mike liked to talk to me about my time in the Marines and my tour in Vietnam. I personally enjoyed his quick humor and constant smile. Mike was a friend who could be counted upon during the hardest of times with no reservations. The best thing I can tell those of you who say you are now in fear of becoming a victim is this: Always be observant, watch for anything which is not normal or looks different. Listen to the little voice within that makes you stop and hesitate. The voice so many chose to ignore. Most of us have that if we only listen. This doesn't guarantee safety but I assure you, it increases it.
Scotty

Bridgeton, NJ

#28 Aug 20, 2008
Tom wrote:
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I agree with you, it is very difficult to understand the ignorance behind such senseless acts. I have known and been friends with the Pattersons for nearly 18 years. This has shaken me to the core and my heart breaks for Moc and the children. Catching the person or persons (which I believe) will not bring Mike back but to everyone living around the area there will be a sigh of relief knowing some moral deficit monster will no longer prey on the innocent. At present those of us who are touched personally by this barbaric act are feeling a total sense of frustration. Knowing there is absolutely nothing you can do to help this family except pray for them and be there when needed. Most everyone who voiced an opinion was very sympathetic and understandably concerned. Scotty if you read this, I want to thank you for standing up and apologizing when you felt you had offended someone. It isn't easy to do. I will forever remember Mike very fondly as a true and solid friend and this loss is tremendous for me as I count so few as true friends. Mike liked to talk to me about my time in the Marines and my tour in Vietnam. I personally enjoyed his quick humor and constant smile. Mike was a friend who could be counted upon during the hardest of times with no reservations. The best thing I can tell those of you who say you are now in fear of becoming a victim is this: Always be observant, watch for anything which is not normal or looks different. Listen to the little voice within that makes you stop and hesitate. The voice so many chose to ignore. Most of us have that if we only listen. This doesn't guarantee safety but I assure you, it increases it.
Thank you...but "A Friend" was right..I am an insensitive idiot for posting what I did and again I am truly sorry...sometimes the internet brings out the worst in people especially because everyone is unknown. I hope when they catch this/these people they allow Mr. Pattersons family and friends have 10 minutes with them....what's left (if anything) can be hauled to the jail and killed at a later date. Also thank you for your service to our country..my son is in the Army and will soon be going back to Iraq for his second time.
Tom

United States

#29 Aug 21, 2008
Scotty wrote:
<quoted text>Thank you...but "A Friend" was right..I am an insensitive idiot for posting what I did and again I am truly sorry...sometimes the internet brings out the worst in people especially because everyone is unknown. I hope when they catch this/these people they allow Mr. Pattersons family and friends have 10 minutes with them....what's left (if anything) can be hauled to the jail and killed at a later date. Also thank you for your service to our country..my son is in the Army and will soon be going back to Iraq for his second time.
Scotty, I again thank you and I wish your son a safe tour of duty. Please express to your son my most sincere thanks for his service to our great country. Like Mike, I have nothing but the utmost respect for our military members. Sometime Scotty, contact me at [email protected] and let me know how your son is doing.
old friend

United States

#30 Aug 22, 2008
i knew Mike many years ago. We was a very good man. he will be missed.
lea

Franklin, TN

#31 Oct 5, 2008
Tom wrote:
I can assure you this was not drug related unless the perpetrator was looking for something to get money to buy drugs. I have known Mike for several years and have been good friends. Mike was no easy target unless he was ambushed. My bet is there was at least two people involved. I work in Indianapolis and it is nothing to hear about people getting killed. When it happens in a place like the Middletown area which was normally quiet and comfortable to live around, it makes you really wonder what is going on. Mike was one of my closest friends so this really hits home. Unitl people wake up and start cleaning areas up this is going to happen. People just need to get involved and report suspicious activities and parents need to direct their children properly and not the other way around. Prisons should not be the vacations spots many seem to become. The victims have less rights that the person committing the act. When the penalty is severe enough such atrocities will be thought about twice before being done. We take God out of schools, out of most everything and you can expect senseless acts such as this. For me it is very frustrating. Here is now a young widow and two young children who have lost their father. How are they to carry on? This will be embedded forever in their minds. Hopefully between their faith and the help of friends and family they will get by but such trageties are totally senseless. Mike was a tremendous person and a friend who could always be relied upon when needed. I will miss you my friend. I just hope and pray the killers are swiftly brought to the justice they deserve.
i assure you god has nothing to do with this or anything of this nature. pray to whom you wish but the bible says to forgive and turn the other cheek. i never believed in that personally,and obviously neither does our judicial system. i think believeing that god will somehow have justice on this or things like this is nieve. its like two teams in a football game praying for the win...or two countries killing each other in war praying to god for the win, in gods name of course...i hope they catch the person or persons who did this i do but i dont want to spend my tax dollars keeping him/her in prison for the rest of his/her life either waiting around while the justice system is splitting hairs over his/hers rights...i believe in capital punishment and not waiting in a long line for justice either...i think we should put in a express lane in Indiana like they have in texas and not take twenty years to do it. WE have to catch the person and kill him with the same compassion he showed his victum. dont sit and pray or wait for god to do something that has nothing to do with god. i am sorry for mikes death, i have a relative whom worked with him and liked him very much. Evidently he was a very nice man from all I have ever heard about him and it is very sad. i am sorry for all whom lost out on not knowing him that didnt and now never will. i am also sorry for the person or persons whom killed him as i am sure that he/she has a mother or father or family that love him/her too. i am sure they also will cry tears of grief for their child no matter what he/she has done.i hope justice is done and the person or persons responcible for mikes death pays with their life. not that it will bring mike back but the person or persons responcible for his death will not kill another, or one of your family members next.
Zamfir

Middletown, NJ

#32 Oct 5, 2008
who thinks that Mike Pagel should replace Peyton Manning at QB?

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