$10,000 Reward Offered In Dickus Slayings Case

Police: Killer Might Have Changed Behavior

Police are again asking for help from the public to solve the slayings of a woman and her stepson in their Franklin home a little more than a year ago.

Chynna and Blake Dickus were found dead in their home more than a year ago. An autopsy revealed that both had been stabbed and that Blake had also been beaten.


The Franklin Police Department is offering a $10,000 reward for information that leads to the arrests of the person or persons responsible.

In the year since the killings, police said they have investigated more than 300 leads.

"They were truly innocent, and they paid a terrible, terrible price," said Sean Dickus, Blake's father and Chynna's husband. "We need to bring those responsible to justice so they can start making amends for what they've done."

Police said that whoever committed the crime might have shown some changes in behavior in the weeks after the crime.

Investigators talked about a litany of clues that might spur someone to come forward with information that could lead to an arrest.

Those changes in behavior include:

  • unexpectedly leaving the area
  • missing work or routine engagements
  • unexplained injuries, such as cuts or bruises to hands or arms
  • unnatural interest in the case
  • becoming nervous or irritable
  • changes in religious expression
  • changes in sleep patterns
  • consumption of alcohol, drugs or cigarettes
  • changes in facial hair
  • discontinuing use of personal vehicle for no apparent reason
  • "We just hope that by offering the reward, someone will come forward. Even the smallest bit of information could mean something," said Christina Dickus, Blake's mother.

    The reward money is coming from the Franklin Police Department's drug forfeiture program. Chief John Borges said they are taking money that was going to be used for something bad and doing something good with it.

    Police asked anyone with information to contact Franklin police at 317-736-5111.

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