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Episode 52: Hearts & Death

Updated: Dec 16, 2023

Valentine’s Day is usually a day for lovers, one where they can dote on each other and express their love in the form of special time and presents. But in today’s episode we learn that for some, the happiness of Valentine’s Day can be replaced with heartache, fear, and even death. Gerald Dean Krein Jr. was a depressed man who desired to take others down with him when he was ready to complete suicide. He planned an extravagant sex and suicide party for Valentines Day 2005. Miles away and years prior Delmar Anholt Jr., a troubled man about to become a father, would commit one of the most atrocious killings in Oregon’s history on Valentine’s Day 1982.

Gerard Dean Krein Jr., photo from Hearld News
Krein's home, photo from Herald News
Delmar Anholt Jr.


The grave of Tara and her child, photo from findagrave


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National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255

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Sources

Interview with Witness “Jamie” - 01.27.21 | Wikipedia - Valentine’s Day | StarNews - Oregon Man Planned Valentine’s Day Mass Suicide | DeseretNews - Woman Reveals Conversation About Alleged Suicide Party | Seattle Times - Oregon Man Had Been Soliciting Suicides for at least Five Years | Herald News - Suicide Party Case Retried | Inforum - Oregon Man Accused of Trying to Set up Mass Suicide | 4 Law - Valentine Day Internet Suicide | NBC News - Suicide Party Planner Sent to Mental Hospital | Justia - State v. Krein | Albany Democrat-Herald - Records Sought in Death Pact | Statesman Journal - Deputies watch house to prevent Suicides | Albany Democrat-Herald - Transcripts indicate krein wanted to die | Albany Democrat-Herald - Suicide Suspect Heading to State Mental Hospital | Herald and News - No Party Goers for Sucide Pact | Herald and news - Hearts and Death | Fox News - Suicide Pact Woman Thought it was a Joke | NBC News - Man Seen as Solicitor May be Emotional Predator | Mugshots.com - Delmar Anholt | Albany Democrat-Herald - Man Gets Life for Killing Girlfriend 05.26.1982 | Medium Crimebeat - Delmar Anholt Jr and the Valentine’s Day Homicide | Gary C King - Crime Scene: True Stories of Crime and Detection |



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There is an Anholt, Delmar J on this list of obituaries https://sites.rootsweb.com/~waclacem/obit1999.pdf I couldn't find anything confirmation that the Delmar J Anholt Jr of this story is the same however.

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