Where is Dale R. Anderson now? | The murderer of a mother and toddler

Dale R. Anderson

What did Dale R. Anderson do?

Dale R. Anderson was an American murderer who killed Jolaine Lanman and her 3-year-old son in their home in St. Clair County, Belleville in 1989. Lanman was pregnant at the time of her death. Lanman and her son were stabbed to death with a pair of scissors. Anderson was arrested two days after the murders. 

What happened during the trial? 

Anderson’s murder trial took place in 1990, and the prosecutor in the case claimed Anderson killed Lanman and her son to get revenge on his three supervisors at the Belleville office of the Illinois Department of Public Aid. He had been sacked from his job there just over a year before the murders took place. A note found at the scene stated that the three supervisors attacked Lanman, and he listed their licence plate numbers of the vehicles they drove. 

An expert said the note was written by Anderson. He also implicated the three supervisors in the 1988 killing of an intern reporter called Audrey Cardenas. Anderson planned the murder of the Lanmans to fall on the day before the sentencing of Rodney Woidtke in the Cardenas murder. 

A former FBI analyst who once led the team who profiled serial killers believes Anderson likely killed Cardenas and that Woidtke was innocent.

Anderson was convicted of the double murders and sentenced to life in prison. 

Where is Dale R. Anderson now?

Dale Anderson was serving his life sentence at the Pontiac Correctional Centre in Pontiac until his death in June, 2023. He was 71 years of age. An official cause of death has not been released but it isn’t believed to be suspicious. 

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