St. Louis Park stabbing victim had just left workhouse

  • Article by: JOY POWELL , Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 20, 2010 - 11:21 PM

The woman killed at the Lakeland Inn had a troubled past of homelessness and crime. Two men were being held.

Pamela Jean Beaulieu

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Court records offer a grim glimpse of the troubled life of Pamela Jean Beaulieu, who on Wednesday was released from the Hennepin County workhouse after having served five months on a drug charge.

The 32-year-old woman's freedom was short-lived. About 25 hours after her release, her life was brutally ended.

On Thursday evening, an employee at a St. Louis Park motel found Beaulieu stabbed to death in a blood-spattered room. Two of the victim's acquaintances were soon arrested.

On Saturday, the Hennepin County medical examiner identified Beaulieu as the woman found in what St. Louis Park Police Chief John Luse called "a horrific, bloody crime scene" at the Lakeland Inn on Hwy. 7 and said she died of multiple sharp-force injuries.

Beaulieu, who had various addresses in Minneapolis and at times on the street, had lived a life of chronic crime, court records show. The medical examiner listed her as having no permanent address upon her death, and it appears that it wasn't the first time she had been homeless.

Beaulieu has at least 43 convictions for crimes in Minnesota, including 18 for prostitution and nine for drug offenses, as well as an array of other nonviolent offenses, from auto theft to possession of burglary tools.

Police mug shots from her multiple arrests show a distressed young woman with a cut forehead, a bruised jaw and blackened eyes.

Two men arrested Friday remain jailed on Saturday; they have not yet been charged. Police were continuing to look for at least one more suspect.

One of the suspects, a 48-year-old Minneapolis man, has an extensive criminal history, with 103 bookings and at least 47 convictions, mostly for property crimes including burglary and theft but also for second-degree assault, trespassing, drugs and other offenses. That man has been in and out of state prisons, court records show.

He and a 42-year-old Woodbury man also held as a suspect in the slaying knew Beaulieu, according to police. The Woodbury man has a criminal history for disorderly conduct and consuming alcohol in a public place.

Beaulieu's death was St. Louis Park's second homicide of the year. In April, Barbara DeBoise, 56, was stabbed to death in her home in the 4000 block of Excelsior Boulevard, allegedly by her 56-year-old husband, Howard.

Joy Powell • 952-882-9017

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