A man who allegedly killed four relatives in the Czech Republic turns out to be a case of "The Man Who Never Was": Though claiming on social media to be from Palo Alto, he is, in fact, not.
Kevin Dahlgren, 23, who was indicted on April 7 by the Brno, Czech Republic, Regional Prosecutor's Office for the murder of his aunt, uncle and cousins in 2013, had claimed to be from Palo Alto on his Facebook page. The Palo Alto pedigree was widely reported after his arrest in 2013, including by the Palo Alto Weekly, and it is again showing up in news stories after Thursday's announced indictment.
But he never lived here, his father, Wayne Dahlgren, said on Thursday evening. Kevin Dahlgren lived in Roseville, in Placer County, and graduated from Granite Bay High School.
Dahlgren allegedly killed his aunt, uncle and two cousins at their home at Zatloukalova Street No. 49, in the city of Brno between May 21 and May 22, 2013, according to a U.S. Attorney General's Office complaint for extradition.
He had been living with his relatives in the Czech Republic since about April 30, 2013, according to the complaint.
He is accused of using a knife to kill 51-year-old Martin Harok, Veronika Harokova, 47, and their two sons, Filip, 24, and David, 18. Dahlgren allegedly attempted to burn three of the four victims' bodies by setting them ablaze in the basement of the home. Medical examination confirmed that the victims were dead before they were burned, according to the complaint.
A neighbor of the Harok family told police that on May 20, 2013, Martin and David Harok had given him a ride to downtown Brno. During the drive, they mentioned that Dahlgren had behaved strangely during the night between May 19 and 20. Dahlgren allegedly ran around the house, holding a knife. Martin and David Harok said they had a strange feeling about him. The Haroks also said that Dahlgren had allegedly boasted that he had managed to smuggle a knife onto a plane and was not detected.
A postal carrier who arrived at the house on May 22, 2013, at 8:45 a.m. said that Dahlgren had answered the door and appeared "discomposed."
Dahlgren also allegedly told a cleaning lady who came by the house at 11 a.m. that day that Veronika Harokova had left the house and there would be no cleaning needed. The cleaning lady tried to explain that she would clean the house anyway, but Dahlgren allegedly positioned himself in the doorway leading inside the house, spread his arms in the door frame and told her again there would be no cleaning that day, according to the report.
Dahlgren was later identified by a taxi driver, who said that the American had asked in English to be transported to the Vienna Airport in Austria at about 3:05 p.m. He dropped Dahlgren at the airport at 5:45 p.m.
A neighbor saw smoke coming out of the basement window of the Haroks' house at about 9 p.m. that evening. Several neighbors investigated and found a smoldering pile of blankets and duvets, which covered three victims. A fourth victim was found upstairs.
Dahlgren sent messages to his Facebook friends that he would be returning to the U.S., according to the complaint. He arrived in the U.S. on May 23, 2013, and was stopped at Dulles International Airport in Washington, D.C. Among clothing in his luggage were a blood-spattered pair of shorts. DNA analysis determined that the blood matched the victims', according to the complaint.
Dahlgren fought extradition successfully until Aug. 31, 2015, when he was returned to the Czech Republic. He is the first U.S. citizen ever extradited to the country, according to Czech news source Lidovky.
A Czech psychiatric expert testified in court on March 10, 2016, that Dahlgren was sane at the time of the crime. Police completed their investigation on March 21, 2016, and turned the case over to the Regional Public Prosecutor's Office in Brno. The prosecutor's office filed the indictment on April 7, 2016, with the Regional Court in Brno. If convicted, Dahlgren faces life in prison, according to news source Lidovky. The court could order a trial within three months.