dean selbe


Dean Austin Selbe, a Vinton man with a history of mental problems was sentenced to 60 years in prison and being found guilty of first-degree murder in the stabbing death of his mother, whom he decapitated and dismembered after her death. Selbe killed his mother by stabbing her 68 times while she was sleeping and inflicting blunt force trauma to her head. 

Following a surprise inspection, investigators found Karen Selbe’s headless body locked in a bathroom while Dean Selbe was asleep in another room. Prior to this incident, Selbe was charged with attempted second-degree murder in 2011 when police said he tried to strangle his mother. He served one year in prison with four years suspended for that conviction.