Published On: Sat, Oct 28th, 2017

Montana murder suicide: ‘Evil’ twin Eric Carlson kills brother Travis Carlson, motive still unknown

A pair of identical twin brothers were found dead in Montana. Local police report that the incident appears to have been a murder-suicide in which one twin shot and killed his brother before taking his own life.

“Evil” twin Eric Carlson, 39, of Canton, South Dakota, shot and killed his twin brother, Travis, about 5:15 p.m. on Oct. 19 at work in rural Carter County, Montana in a small town called Ekalaka.

“The two brothers have been fighting for about a year,” Carter County Sheriff Neil Kittelmann told People. “Nobody thought it was serious.”

Eric and Travis Carlson photo/ Facebook cropped

Two handymen working with Travis witnessed a confrontation between Travis and his twin brother, but the workers did not witness the actual shooting “but [saw] the tail end of it,” Kittelmann says.

“They just went to the house and got the landowners and they called me.”

Police searched for Eric Carlson, who was found dead at his home the following morning of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to the Montana Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation.

A spokesman for the department, Anastasia Burton, confirmed to the press that authorities are investigating.

“We don’t know a reason for why that stuff happens. You don’t know that and I don’t know that.”

The sheriff presumes the twins’ simmering dispute involved a “brother-family-type thing,” he says. “Nothing serious to the rest of the world.”

The two brothers were memorialized together at a service Sunday at Canton Lutheran Church.

“They’re identical twins,” the sheriff says. “I wouldn’t think the family would prefer to do it any other way.”

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  1. Ray says:

    Hardly original. This site had “Evil Twin” in their title too:


    Murder is evil though, right?

    • Christina Meyer says:

      Thank you, I will give those douches a piece of my mind too! This was a very very unfortunate event where tempers got the best of two very good men!! They will both be greatly missed! It is such an unbelievable tragedy!!

  2. Christina Meyer says:

    You did not know Eric or Travis so your ignorant conclusion of an “EVIL” twin is B.S. and so far from the truth I am personally offended by your quick to jump assumptions!! I will never visit your or recommend your P.O.S. website!! It’s very disrespectful to talk bad about the dead!!! To small minded to not even consider what their family is already going through just trying to make a catchy headline with false information!!!

  3. thomas richard greeley says:

    Wondering who the author interviewed for this piece called the shooting twin “Evil”?

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