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19-year-old Serial Killer in Training?

According to Pierce County Prosecutors, 19-year-old Matthew Garrett Williams is a textbook example of a budding serial killer.

The Lakewood teen was arrested on July 8 when police found him passed out in his car, an air rifle in his lap and a ski mask on his face. Earlier in the day someone had called police stating that someone matching Williams’ descriptions had fired an air rifle at a man waiting at a bus stop.

When police pulled Williams from his car, they say they found .22 caliber rifle ammunition and a large machete inside, along with a bag of “marihuana.”

Upon questioning, Williams allegedly told officers that he’d bought the rifle thinking it was deadly and that he wanted to kill many people. He supposedly told them that he has great respect for Ted Bundy, and that “he enjoyed the ‘God-like’ feeling he got when he tortured and killed an animal.”

During the interview WILLIAMS stated that he was preparing to murder people. He stated that he had been increasingly strong desires to murder people and that he had been taking steps to prepare himself to carry out the murders, including steps to “desensitize” himself to murder. These steps included:He had identified a particular victim type, to wit: homeless people and/or “average” white men with no family connections.

He had killed 5-7 birds and squirrels, mutilating their bodies.

He had gone online and watched videos of people being tortured and killed.


Furthermore, Williams apparently told police about how he’d previously killed his father’s cat while he was gone over the Fourth of July. Court documents say Williams said he’d tried to strangle the cat, but it was taking too long, so he bludgeoned it to death with a flashlight.

Later he kept the corpse in his car for several days before finally driving it to a remote cul-de-sac and setting it on fire.

Williams drew a map for officers to find the cat’s corpse, and they supposedly found a burnt mark on the road and a singed cat collar.

Williams also apparently told officers that he didn’t think he could contain the urge to kill people much longer, and he agreed to be voluntarily committed to Western State Hospital.

He now stands charged with felony harassment, animal cruelty, two weapons charges, DUI, and possession of marijuana.

He was arraigned today.

More here.

Serial rapist kills prison guard.

I originally read about this story here.

A woman, Jayme Biendl, was killed by a serial rapist in prison. She had been a guard for  9 years. She was the only guard in the chapel. She had previously complained about that but from everything I can read she was not complaining about safety issues and her complaints had more to do with the amount of area she had to cover alone. It was a medium security facility.

The killer, Byron Scherf, is a serial rapist who is doing a life sentence on the 3 strikes law. Yes, 3 strikes.

In 1978 he pleaded guilty to second-degree assault after attacking a 16-year-old girl with a knife. He served just two years of a 10-year sentence and was released in 1980.

Less than a year after getting out on early release  he abducted a young Pierce County waitress at knifepoint, bound her, raped her, and then doused the room she was in with gasoline and set it on fire, according to court records. He served just 12 years and was paroled.

In 1995 he told a 37 year old real estate agent woman he wanted to look at a home for sale, then forced her at gunpoint into the trunk of his car and later raped her.  He also threatened to kill her and her daughter if she reported the attack. He was arrested several days later in Post Falls, Idaho. He was convicted in 1997 and was given life in prison.

Since 1997 he has behaved in prison according to officials. He has not had any serious disciplinary actions, he has held a prison job, he did not get involved in any gangs and was basically being a good boy.  Personally not having serious behavior problems while in prison does not seem very hard. On top of that the use of the word serious tells me that he did get into trouble, he just got into less than some of the other prisoner!

Not surprisingly those that love and care for the woman that he killed where not really impressed by his prison record either.

In what he called a plan to escape he strangled Jayme Biendl to death with a microphone cord. He then changed his mind and was found in the prison chapel where Ms. Biendl’s body was also found. He was covered in scratches so we know that this woman fought for her life.

There is discussion over why it took officials almost 90 minutes to find her body but I have to say in my opinion they probably did not go looking for her right away since she was a good employee and they were not keeping tabs on her.

I do not know how long he was considered ‘missing’ but there was a short search for him. They found him pretty quickly which might be another reason they did not notice her missing right off. Of course he did not just admit what he did so it was a little while before they found her body.

What I do not understand is how a serial rapist gets to serve his life sentence in a medium security facility. The fact that he raped assaulted and kidnapped multiple women over the years should have kept him in a maximum security prison since they did not do the right thing and give him the death penalty. Did they expect him to be ‘fixed’? To get better? At least one person 30 years ago acknowledged how dangerous this man is.

A staff psychiatrist at Western State Hospital who examined Byron Scherf 30 years ago predicted that no amount of treatment or incarceration would curb Scherf’s propensity for violence.

“… I feel that even after treatment for his rape tendencies, he would still be of strong enough antisocial personality that he would continue to break the law,” staff psychiatrist Donald F. Allison wrote in a 1981 report to a Pierce County judge.


I have said before that violent serial offenders do not get better and remain a risk to society. While they are in prison they are a risk to anyone that enters the gates. Fine, for argument’s sake all prisoners present some risk but serial offenders are a much higher risk and have nothing to offer back.

There is also much discussion about the lack of funding for prisons, the cut backs causing the guards to be reduced and the fact there is a lack of support for the officers in prison. All issues that are important and all things that need to be looked at and fixed. We send our worse into the prisons and ask the guards to protect us (and the prisoners) as well as make sure the prisoners are treated ‘right’ even when they throw piss and crap at the guards and we need to make sure that we are taking care of the guards.

I feel so bad for those that knew and loved Jayme Biendl. I hope better security and tougher reforms are made so that her death has something ‘positive’ come out of it.

Dreamin Demon article





Another Possible Green River Victim Found

Rebecca Marrero

Gene Johnson Associated Press

Children playing in a ravine south of Seattle this week found the skull of a young mother who vanished nearly three decades ago and has long been thought to be a victim of Green River serial killer Gary Ridgway.

The King County Sheriff’s Office announced Thursday that dental records identified the remains as those of 20-year-old Rebecca “Becky” Marrero, who was last seen Dec. 3, 1982, as she left a motel room on Pacific Highway South.

Ridgway, a commercial truck painter, is one of the nation’s most prolific serial killers, having confessed to 48 murders and been suspected in dozens of others. He preyed upon women and girls at the margins of society – runaways, prostitutes and drug addicts strangled in a spree that terrorized Seattle and its south suburbs in the 1980s. Several victims were dumped in or posed along the Green River.

He was arrested in 2001 after advances in DNA technology enabled authorities to link a saliva sample he gave authorities in 1987 to some of the bodies. He pleaded guilty two years later, agreeing to help authorities locate as many remains as possible in exchange for avoiding the death penalty, and is now serving life without release.

Marrero, who had a 3-year-old daughter, was believed to be one of Ridgway’s early victims, but he was not charged in her case because her body wasn’t found and because Ridgway couldn’t provide investigators with enough information about her to prove he killed her.

Marrero’s skull was found Tuesday by children playing in a ravine in Auburn, about 25 miles south of Seattle. It was the same area where the remains of another Ridgway victim, Marie Malvar, were found in September 2003.

It wasn’t immediately clear whether the King County prosecutor’s office planned to charge Ridgway with Marrero’s death.

“With the discovery of Ms. Marrero’s remains, detectives and prosecutors will now review the investigation into her disappearance and death,” the office said in a written statement. “Investigators will examine all aspects of the case including any potential involvement of Ridgway.”

One of Ridgway’s attorneys, Mark Prothero, was out of the office and could not immediately be reached for comment.

He couldn’t remember the details of where he left her? Even though he had left another girl there at a later time?
I call B.S.!
He did not want her found. He liked her being there, unknown, his little secret.
Or, if he really could not remember he cared that little and that is even more disturbing.

Maybe now they will seek death penalty. Another victim means another possible trial and I hope that means the prosecutor does not have to stick to the original deal.

I mean really. Is anyone really delusional enough to think that Gary Ridgway is ‘fixable’? That he can become a part of society again? That one day he might not be a threat? That he can contribute and not just be a leech?

I hope not!

Rebecca’s daughter should be in her early 30’s now. She lived almost her whole life without her mom because of him.

Rodney Alcala Photos

Police Departments are asking for the public’s help in identifying women, young men, and children in dozens of photos seized when detectives searched a storage locker that Rodney Alcala rented in Seattle.
Images were shot before July 1979.
If you know who these people are, contact
Huntington Beach police detective Patrick Ellis, at 714-375-5066, or email at

My arrangement of the photos

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