Indy Couple Allegedly Blew Up Their Own House
Three arrested in allegedly intentional blast that killed two
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Dec 21, 2012 10:49 AM CST
Two homes that were leveled and the numerous neighboring homes that were damaged from a massive explosion in Indianapolis are seen in this Nov. 11, 2012 aerial photo.   (AP Photo/The Indianapolis Star, Matt Kryger, File)

(Newser) – Police have arrested three people in the deadly Indianapolis blast that killed two people and destroyed 29 homes—and the people arrested are the family that lived in the house at the center of the blast. Monserrate Shirley and her boyfriend Mark Leonard, who lived in the house, and Leonard's brother, Robert Leonard, will face a host of charges including murder and arson, and may face the death penalty if convicted, RTV6 reports.

Police believe the family intentionally caused the blast by tampering with their fireplace and their microwave oven, sources say. The motive was likely financial—there were two mortgages on the home, and attempts to sell it had gone poorly. The family had been at a local casino during the blast, and was interviewed on RTV6 after. "We consider ourselves pretty lucky right now, to be honest with you," Mark Leonard said. "It's miserable, but we're making do."

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vincefarmer
Jan 15, 2013 8:50 PM CST
I can't believe it, I was sitting at my computer and my dad come running out to my room and said what the hell are you doing and I said what the hell are you doing because we both heard the house explode, it was that loud. The house that exploded was only about a mile away from our house and I can not believe that I did not hear all of the sirens because we would have went over there to see what was going on but we only heard like one or two siren's, But we have went and Seen all of the destruction and it is absolutely unbelievable at the destruction that it caused about 89 homes were damaged all together and like 30 some homes have to be tore down and rebuilt all together so it is unreal. And the 2 houses that were right next to the house That They set up to explode they rigged it for nine hours, they let the gas run for nine whole hours and then rigged the microwave to go off with something in the microwave to set it off when the microwave went off. And the house was about twice the size of our house so it was about 2400 square foot house, so you can imagine how big of an explosion it was, I really, really just can imagine how big it was, nine hours of gas in a house that big they did not expect nothing but to burn there house down they did not expect to do what they did... and it was probably her boyfriends idea but now she is going to have to live with what her and her boyfriend did and her boyfriends brother....!!!!
Person12345
Dec 22, 2012 1:07 PM CST
I guess that's not what we could call the perfect crime.
myflap.blow
Dec 22, 2012 5:30 AM CST
that pic doesn't look like 29 homes were destroyed? you sure these two were the only ones in on the insurance scam???