Criminal Justice

Report: Husband Meant to Kill Wife's Divorce Lawyer, Car-Bombed Another Attorney in '08 by Mistake


Authorities say Milton “Skip” Ohlsen III meant to kill his wife’s divorce attorney in a 2008 car bombing in a suburban St. Louis parking garage.

But instead he injured another attorney with a similar-looking car by mistake, they said yesterday after a federal indictment against Ohlsen was announced, reports the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Ohlsen, 39, is facing multiple explosives charges and could get life in prison if convicted.

He meant to kill attorney Richard Eisen in the Oct. 15, 2008 bombing at a Clayton parking garage, authorities say. However, the bomb seriously injured lawyer John Gillis, 69, whose almost identical Acura TL was parked one floor above Eisen’s.

Serving time in another case, Ohlsen apparently could not be reached by the newspaper for comment. However, he told the Post-Dispatch last year that he had nothing to do with the car-bombing.

“Family law cases lead to more violence directed at lawyers than in any other field of law,” U.S. Attorney Richard Callahan told the newspaper yesterday. “I can’t read his mind, but this would fall into that pattern.”

Earlier coverage:

ABAJournal.com: “St. Louis Lawyer Injured By Parking Lot Package Bomb”

ABAJournal.com: “Video Provides Few Clues to Identity of St. Louis-Area Lawyer Bomber”

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