City County Building Murders

January 15, 1988 Madison, WI
Aaron Lindh entered the City-County Building from the Carroll Street entrance around 12:35 p.m. with a sawed-off .22 caliber Ruger rifle hidden under a long coat. Lindh had recently been evicted from the apartment. Three of his roommates had left a month earlier because he had fired a gun in the apartment several times. He spent time in Wales as a youth because of his uncontrollable behavior. He was apparently upset because he believed police weren't doing enough to investigate burglaries at his apartment.

He shot and killed Eleanor Townsend in the county corporation counsel's office then shot and injured Erik Erickson, who was paying a parking ticket on his lunch break in a sheriff's office reception area. Then he ran down a hallway, exchanging gunfire with a sheriff's deputy, and entered the coroner's office, where he shot and killed the county coroner, Clyde "Bud" Chamberlain. As he left that office he was confronted by officers and shot by Sheriff's Deputy Louis Molnar outside the ground floor cafeteria

He was found sane in the attacks at that time and is serving his sentence of two life terms, plus 35 years, at the Waupun Correctional Institution.


Two granite benches memorializing the two killed, Dane County Coroner Clyde "Bud" Chamberlain, and Eleanor Townsend, were placed at the east entrance.

Old Firehouse #8 was dedicated to Chamberlain

Aaron Lindh (19)
Clyde "Bud" Chamberlain (62)
Eleanor Townsend (40) - Lakeview Cemetery - Madison, WI
Erik Erickson (45)