Police Investigate Suspicious Death In Taneytown

TANEYTOWN, Md. (WJZ)—A man is killed by an explosion. His neighbors are evacuated after concern there could be another blast.

Suzanne Collins has more on the bizarre series of events taking place in Carroll County.

Late Saturday, WJZ learned the victim was having health and money troubles that may have prompted the explosion.

A hole was blown through the front of the townhouse owned by Carey Landskroner. Neighbors tried to peek through that hole after not seeing him since Wednesday.

“We noticed the siding, noticed no movement in house or seen him around or anything so I went and got [our] neighbor Andy and that’s when it was all found,” said Karen Gibson.

Finally they moved aside a blind from his window and saw the 44-year-old obviously injured and apparently dead inside.

“There were actually pieces of what appeared to be metal pipe that were taken out of these holes and also in the autopsy today [were] found in this individual’s body,” said Greg Shipley, Maryland State Police.

Police feared there may be more bombs. Twenty-five neighbors were evacuated for more than five hours while the bomb squad checked, but they found nothing. Neighbors then recalled they’d heard an explosion a few days before.

“It was Wednesday night and we just heard a huge bang and the storms were happening so we thought something blew over or the thunder or something,” Emily Brown said.

Neighbors say Landskroner had been in the military and they wonder if he had knowledge of bomb making.  They say he worked in manufacturing but lost his job when he had a stroke a few years ago.

Neighbors say his left side was limp and he had trouble speaking. Court records say Landskroner was on a fixed income and his house was up for sale.

“He was recovering from that, having difficulty dealing with things, and wasn’t getting psychiatric needs met,” said one neighbor.

The medical examiner says the cause of death was trauma from an explosive-like force.

The medical examiner believes the death is an accident or possibly a suicide.

  • Deputy District Attorney in Rockville, Md.

    Two things that make you a crime victim: Living alone and having to owe money to somebody. Money leads to Murder. Two woeds that start with an M: Money and Murder. Makes mercantile sense because Money is the root of all evil. Any law enforcement will tell you that!

    • Tess L

      The actual quote is “The love of money is the root of all evil.” ~ I Timothy 6:10

  • An Important Article From NewsCore

    (NewsCore Updated)-A 13-year-old child was killed April 23, 2011, in what police are calling a senseless violent act – all allegedly at the hands of a gang member and this spring will be hell and mayhem due to the dirt and trash on the streets and cops are having their cars stolen and sold at crack houses for big money and our jails and prisons are becoming more violent due to inmates stabbing guards and other prison and jail staff members. Fifty-three staff members at the prisons here in Maryland have been murdered in the last few months by inmates serving life sentences and having nothing to lose, according to reports. .

    Anyway,according to police, 21-year-old William Timothy Walker got into an argument with a 17-year-old in the 15200 block of Timsberry Terrace in Chesterfield, Md. Police say Walker brandished a handgun and fired three to five rounds. One of the bullets pierced the 17-year-old’s right calf, striking the bone.

    But Devin Rashad Hawkins — the 13-year-old child and an unintended target — was struck in the back by a runaway bullet while running to safety.

    Devin died Saturday evening on the front lawn of his home. Walker is charged with his murder.

    The 17-year-old victim who Walker allegedly shot in the leg was transported to a nearby hospital.

    Chesterfield County police have been on a manhunt for Walker since Saturday evening. He’s charged with numerous felony warrants’ including, murder, malicious wounding, using a firearm in the commission of a felony, and gang participation.

    Walker is considered armed and dangerous, and police say his gang affiliation with the Bloods makes him an even greater risk. Walker stands about 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighs around 150 pounds. Police believe he fled to Jersey City, N.J., where he has family.

    • pigeon

      And this has what to do with this article?

    • Sheriff

      An Important, A……HOLE!

  • Doug

    Sounds like the parallel universe unwinding,
    creating isolated electrical explosions.Soon blacks holes will randomly appear.
    Let’s not rule the possibility that a Shape Shifter may have taken over his body.
    Or worse.. At least according to what I saw on an episode
    of Fringe.

  • Unknown

    I was this mans neighbor and NO they did not make 25 family’s leave it’s was more like 5. No where did anything mention about how he was a vert nice man, quite and polite and never caused any problems. Everything Is hear say. None of these neighbors actually knew him they only knew hear say so when this news clip comes on I wouldn’t believe a word. And by the way… They mention about talking to his family here, well guess what, his family doesn’t live in this area!

    • Unknown

      I live on Red Tulip Ct. Carey was always polite, drove save when coming in because the kids like to play in the court. He was great to his dogs…the fact that he’s dead and no one is trying to remember him for the good is shameful. How dare that IDIOT in the purple shirt say anything at all. She wasn’t there that night and her husband is the only one we ever see with their kids. Casey was the nice man a few houses down with the cute dogs and the world should remember him as that. Our prayers from everyone who live in the court go to him and his family.

      • Unknown


  • Unknown

    I totally agree to the unknowns post above!!!! Couldn’t have said it better.

  • pigeon

    I only have one question. With the damage supposedly caused by the possible pipe boom, how is it that no one heard this, storm or no storm? A “bomb” exploding doesn’t sound anything like lightning.
    My condolences and prayers for this gentleman’s family/loved ones.

    • Unlnown

      It was very loud but with the very heavy down pours and constant thunder and lightening anyone could mistake that sound for lightening hitting some where very very close. And plus if you wanna be technical it sounded like a gun bring fired if anything other then lightening. If you didn’t live here then don’t make your marks about hearing it. Believe me, it’s eating everyone up know that we know that one of the booms that night was in fact there and not just the Bad storm.

  • sheriff

    This story reeks of inconsistencies. I smell a whack job or suicide.

  • neighbor

    Wow sheriff…How dare you judge someone you didn’t even know. If we wanna start judging and name calling then we can clearly see you as the whack job just by your previous comments. So have a nice day A…..Hole!

    • sheriff

      Neighbor, Had a very nice day much better than yours a….hole. I know everyone Dude.

      • Jack Pollack

        Sherriff, your object in life is to make others miserable by making grossly stupid statements. When was your last visit with your psychiatrist? Double up your dose of anti-stupid pills.

      • sheriff

        Hey Jack Pollack are you stupid Polish or is your real last name Off? Either way wanker I feel sad for you.

  • HooDatIS?
  • Doug

    It’s life Jim, but not as we know it,
    not as we know it
    not as we know it
    not as we know it

  • Concerned

    Very unusual story, but what bugs me and has bugged me for awhile now is how poorly these stories are written. Grammar and spelling errors, incomplete sentences,very poor writing with no proofreading…..another reason why CBS should not have taken over this website. A shame

    • sheriff

      CBS shares time with that other station ABC ‘S WMAR. Now there is a sorry a$$ lot.

  • Get a Grip

    People killing people, people killing themselves its crazy. Life is tooo short already just live it out it can’t be that bad. Pray on it!!!

  • Ed

    Anyone know where the story came from about the boy being shot?? Absolutely wrong in that there is no “Chesterfield County, Md.” There is one in Va, near Richmond….. Either way, that has nothing to do with Carroll County, Md.

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