Gulbrandson and the 45-year-old female victim
operated a photography business, and also were involved in an intimate
The victim ended their personal relationship in
January of 1991, and Gulbrandson physically assaulted her on February
14, 1991. The victim sought and obtained a protective order against
Gulbrandson as a result of this assault.
On March 9, 1991, Gulbrandson
threatened to kill the victim during a telephone conversation. Sometime
late in the evening of March 10, 1991, or early in the morning of March
11, 1991, Gulbrandson entered the victim's home, and brutally tortured
and murdered her while her two children were sleeping.
victim's intense struggle, Gulbrandson inflicted 33 incision-type
injuries all over her body, a puncture wound to her liver, and at least
ten blunt force injuries. In addition, he cracked the victim's teeth,
fractured her nose and seven of her ribs, embedded part of a wooden
salad fork in her leg, and attempted to burn her by lighting her hair on
Gulbrandson killed her by either strangling her or by inflicting a
blow to her neck which caused her to suffocate.
Gulbrandson left the
victim in the master bedroom clad only in her panties, with her ankles
and one wrist bound with electrical cords, and he left three knives, one
razor knife, and one pair of scissors, all of which were bloodstained,
in the kitchen sink. Gulbrandson left the scene in the victim's car.
Gulbrandson's fingerprints were found at the scene, and bloody clothing
was found at his residence. The victim's car was located in Montana on
April 1, 1991, and Gulbrandson was arrested there 2 days later.
Presiding Judge: David L. Grounds
Prosecutor: Michael Morrison
Start of Trial: November 30, 1992
Verdict: December 15, 1992
Sentencing: February 19, 1993
Especially heinous and depraved