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Beth Greear's letter to the Oregon Board of Parole

Below is the open letter to the parole board that Erin Reynolds' stepsister, Beth Greear, distributed:

In 1990 my sister was murdered. The monster that murdered her is being granted an Exit Interview hearing this coming May. I am hoping to get as many letter written to the Parole Board as possible, telling them why that monster should not be released from prison.

Please bear with me, as this will be long. However, in able to receive the help that I will be asking for, this story must be told from the beginning and in detail. The more information that I can supply the better I will be understood and the better, those willing, will be able to help me. Therefore, the length is necessary.

On the evening of February 21, 1990, my parents called the police to report my sister, Erin Reynolds, as a missing person. Erin had not arrived home by curfew, nor had she arrived at any of her planned destinations after school. This was not like her at all. She was always very prompt or would call and say she would be late.

On the morning of February 22, 1990, the police were called to a home 6.4 miles from my family home, on Skyline Blvd. The owner of the home had called the police to report his 15 year old son, Conrad Engweiler as a runaway and an unidentified car parked in the driveway. While the police were at the home, the dogs were barking towards the back of the home. The police began to walk to the back when they saw drag marks. Upon reaching the back of the home, they came to a ravine. Looking down into the ravine, they see the body of a girl.

Several hours later, the men, dressed in black, approached my family home and knocked on the door. They were there to give my parents the worst news a parent could ever receive. Their beautiful daughter that they had reported missing merely hours ago, was found.

Deceased. The pain my entire family felt from this horrible news is indescribable. It knocks you down and changes your entire world. Nothing will ever be the same again. Forever, there will be an emptiness felt in your heart.

Engweiler, who had a history of running away, substance abuse, theft, and truancy, was on probation for stealing his father’s car.

The search for Engweiler lasted 12 hours. He had been seen in a convenience store in Lake Oswego with blood on his clothing and holding a newspaper. He later got a change of clothing and snuck around the Lake Oswego area near his Mothers house in Mountain Park. Where, finally he was seen. His Mother, knowing the police were searching for him, took him to her Attorney’s home. There ended up being a standoff at the Attorney’s home and he was eventually taken into custody and placed in juvenile detention.

The Multnomah County prosecutor filed charges against Engweiler. Three counts of aggravated murder, one count of first-degree rape, and one count of first-degree sodomy. Aggravated murder carries the possibility of the death penalty, but this would not be allowable as Engweiler was under 18.

On July 3rd, 1990, Engweiler was remanded to adult court.

On July 5th, 1990, Engweiler was charged with three counts of aggravated murder and rape, and two counts of sodomy. A trial was set for November 5th, 1990. The trial was postponed until February 4th, 1991.

While Engweiler was in juvenile detention, he told other inmates that a drug dealer had killed Erin, and that he was scared the drug dealer is now after him. He even attempted to solicit a fellow inmate to stab him with a pencil to try to give credence to his drug dealer story.

Engweiler made up another story (while on sodium amatol) as to what happened February 21st, 1990. He claimed that he had smoked marijuana and had taken LSD that day, and that he had seen a friendly chipmunk, shimmery green grass, swirling bark dust, and an evil Mr. Tree covered in dangerous snakes. Snakes that he was deathly afraid of, yet he grabbed one, wrapped it around the friendly chipmunks neck, and held it there for at least 3 minutes. This was the story he kept throughout the trial.

Even though many people who had seen him that day said that he was acting normally.

The trial began February 4th, 1991. It was horrible. We relived Erin’s murder day after day of that hearing. We sat there with tears streaming down our faces, day after day, listening to grueling details, bowing our heads down when the life-sized images of Erin’s body were shown throughout the courtroom. Hearing lie after lie from the defense side. Seeing Engweiler sit there with his hands woven together, at times twiddling his thumbs, scribbling on paper a little, showing no emotion at all, and sighing often to show his boredom. We had a wonderful District Attorney who did everything he could for Erin.

On February 19th, 1991, Conrad Engweiler was found guilty of two counts of aggravated murder, one count of first-degree rape, one count of first-degree sodomy, and one count of murder in the strangulation Erin Reynolds. My beautiful sister.

The jurors convicted Engweiler of intentionally killing Erin in the course of raping her and to conceal the commission of the crime of rape and sodomy. The jurors rejected the claim of Engweilers LSD story and that he did not know what happened February 21st, 1990. The Judge set a tentative sentencing date of March 25th, 1991.

The sentencing date moved to April 8th, 1991, just seven days after Erin would have turned 18. My parents were invited to give statements, before the Judge was expected to impose her sentence. My Father spoke first, through tears, he said, “I have spent my life as a law-abiding citizen and taught my children to live the same way. I ask you Judge, to apply the law in favor of the innocent people, not the guilty. If there is an interpretation of the law that goes on our side, use it to tell us we are correct. When Conrad killed our daughter, he made some choices for her that he should have to live by. He should have no chance to experience the real love between a man and a woman, because he took that from her. He should never be able to hold his own child and hold it up to the grandparents, because he took that from her. He should never be able to draw another breath of free air, because he took that from her“.

My Mother spoke next. She asked the Judge to please show no leniency with his sentence. “It was not like he hit her with a car, he ripped her, he tore her, he bruised her, he strangled her - three times around the neck with a rope…”

There was a brief disruption in the courtroom and the Judge called for a recess until the following day.

April 9th, 1991 the sentencing hearing resumed.

Conrad Engweiler looked up and spoke for the first time in 1 year, 1 month, and 18 days. With a voice that was trying to push tears that weren’t there, he said “I don’t know why I took drugs that day, I don’t know what happened, I want to know why this happened, and nobody can tell me”. More lies…

[Beginning of Sentencing]

The Judge then imposed her sentence… ”I’ve listened carefully to the testimony all through the trial, though I was not the trier of fact, I’ve listened to the statements of attorney’s and parties and to family members, and I’ve had the option to review certain psychological and psychiatric evaluations. Based upon those things, I’m going to make the following findings of fact:

One, that the defendant committed the crimes of rape in the first degree and sodomy in the first degree on Erin Reynolds, and thereafter upon reflection chose to take her life, did so by strangulation, and he did so in order to avoid detection of these crimes. He then hid the body in an attempt to conceal the murder and he attempted to move her car from the scene. He then engaged in acts that were designed to give him time and the ability to devise a story, which he then did. He denied his involvement, he attempted to create the drug dealer suspect.

While in detention, he attempted to enlist the aid of another inmate to stab him to attempt to show proof of the drug dealer story. He has the history of threats that show a disregard of the rights of others, including members of his own family.

Quite frankly the aggravated murder, rape, and sodomy were the willful acts of a vicious child, carried out with the strength and cunning of an adult man. His conduct does fit and is consistent with the personality profile that the psychiatrist described.

He wants to know why this happened, it seems to be what he’s concentrating on and considering his crimes, he indicates that he’s going to be a very difficult candidate for treatment in anything but most long-term and secure of facilities.

I do not accept his loss of memory. The State law prevents me from imposing a mandatory minimum term on a juvenile. Therefore, he is remanded to the legal and physical custody of the Corrections Division for life, and I’m doing so with a minimum sentence of 30 years.

Now, that’s the order of the court.” [End of Judge’s Sentence]

My feelings are that he deserved far more than the sentence he was given. However, the Judge was limited. Therefore, she gave him all she could. His guilt was proven. Witnesses testified, professionals testified, and his DNA testified. His DNA was found on and inside Erin’s body.

Engweiler had it all planned out. He was seen with a duffle bag and a big gulp, watching my family home for hours the day of February21st, 1990. He hid in the bushes at times and sat on a curb nearby. He was seen speaking to Erin in the front yard near her car. He was seen on the road at the top of the driveway to his father’s home, waving down motorists and trying to get them to help him move Erin’s car. He was successful in getting a passing motorist to give him a ride out of the area, where he then made his way to Lake Oswego.

April 10th, 1991 we thought we could finally breathe. That Erin could finally rest. That we could try our best to get used to the new normal to the life we had no choice to have. Finally rest a little bit knowing that the monster who stole Erin’s life was finally given his official sentence. We thought…. We were wrong. Little did we know that for the next 23 years, Engweiler would be doing everything and anything he could to force us to relive Erin’s murder. Over and over again.

Engweiler Attorney’s appealed the sentence handed down to him on April 10th, 1991.

In November of 1994, Engweiler had to be re-sentenced, as the law stated that any remanded juvenile could not have a sentence with a minimum number in it. Therefore, he was re-sentenced to two life sentences.

In April of 1999, the Oregon Board of Parole and Post-Prison Supervision sent us a letter telling us that there was a hearing scheduled for Engweiler on June 10th, 1999. The hearing was a rule making hearing that was to encompass a proposal to apply a numerical matrix to assist in determining the length of sentence for minors remanded to adult court, who have been convicted of aggravated murder between the years 1989 to 1995, when there was no matrix in place. The matrix used the inmate’s criminal history and the details of his conviction to establish his sentence.

We arrived at the Oregon State Correctional Institute for this hearing. We were ushered into a small claustrophobic rectangular room, with one door. Engweiler was brought in after we were seated, and sat close to the door with two guards nearby. We listened to everything.

Hearing all the grueling details yet again. Hearing of all the horrible things Engweiler did as a child and up to his arrest in 1990. Then, Engweiler spoke to us. He told us that he did kill Erin and that he was NOT on drugs when he did so. He said to us ….If spend the rest of my life in prison, than that is fair because I killed Erin.

I couldn’t breathe in that tiny room. Then, when he confessed, breathing became even more difficult. He had eight years to do nothing but sit on his ass and think about what he would say to not only the Parole Board, but to us. Erin’s family. He wanted to say what he thought was going to give him the most leniency. He wanted to see if we would show him compassion. He was searching for sympathy. For someone to forgive him. NEVER! There is no forgiveness for monsters such as him.

The result of this hearing was that Engweiler was to be eligible for a parole hearing in February 2030.

My family left the prison that day feeling relieved. And, yet again, we felt we could once again try to breath. My parents felt that the length of time the Parole Board handed down to Engweiler was, yet again, the best the law could allow. They were satisfied with that. They had to be satisfied. WE ALL had to be satisfied as this was the best outcome that we could expect.

I made a promise to my parents that day…a promise that I will forever fight for justice for Erin. That I will never give up.

I have taken that promise very seriously. For the last fifteen years, I have called the Oregon Board of Parole and Post Prison Supervision at least once every three months, but more often once every two months. Just to check in, see if Engweiler is filing any motions, appealing anything, or have any upcoming hearings. Sadly, there have been numerous filings and scheduled hearings since that date.

November of 2000. Engweiler appealed the Matrix. His appeal was denied.

October 19th, 2001, Engweiler sent a request for clemency to the Multnomah County District Attorney’s office.

December 19th, 2001, Clemency denied.

Between the years 2003 and 2013 Engweiler petitioned the courts 28 times. Six of them have been before the Supreme Court. Most of them being dismissed by the Parole Board.

In 2010 Engweiler was granted an Administrative Rule hearing. The hearing was to take place 3/17/2010. That hearing did not happen, instead, there was much back and forth throughout 2010. On December 1st, 2010 there was a hearing at the Supreme Court. The purpose of this hearing was to see if Engweiler could be allowed a hearing to establish an earlier parole hearing than the one he had already been given.

On October 14th, 2011 we received news that the 2010 Supreme Court hearing was accepted and we will be having a hearing soon. This hearing will be a Prison Term Hearing.

On November 14th, 2011, the Parole Board called and informed of us that there will be a Prison Term Hearing in March of 2012. This hearing will be to look at the prison term under the matrix and see if they need to make a new one, or allow him less time on his sentence.

December 8, 2011, we received that ever so dreaded envelope in our mailboxes. The one that makes your heart sink the second you see that ever so familiar blue lettered return address. The letter informed us that the hearing was set for 3/20/2012. My heart sank. I couldn’t believe this was really going to happen. WHY? Why is this monster being granted such hearings? What about Erin? Can she have a hearing to plea for the sentence that HE gave her?

In February of 2012, we attended a few meetings about the rulemaking hearing. We were invited to speak to the panel and give our opinions of what we thought about the issue at hand.

March 20th 2012 came very quickly. We had done everything we could to prepare for this hearing. We had the support of many people behind us. From family, friends, acquaintances, and even heartfelt citizens whom we have never met. Wonderful organizations, one of them being Crimes Victims United, who have been a great help to us for many years, the Multnomah County DA’s office, and a very amazing legal team helping us and backing us up the best they possibly could.

We entered the prison walls and were taken into the prison’s visiting room, where the hearing took place.

After we were all seated, in came Engweiler. Cuffed and shackled, just as a monster such as he should be. He was seated at the end of a long table that had the Parole panel members on the opposite side of the table. Seeing that monster face to face, being in the same room as him, again, is not easy. It makes your stomach turn.

The hearing began with the Parole board introducing themselves to us, reminding us why we were there, and giving us a briefing of how the hearing will proceed. From there our Attorney, there to represent Erin, and us gave her arguments to the panel. When she was done, our family was able to give our arguments. We approached that table, and sat down, just merely three chairs away from that monster. With every bit of strength we could find and many tears, we plead with the panel to please show no leniency to Engweiler. To please keep him behind bars for as long as the law will allow.

When we were all done speaking, the board chairman asked Engweiler several questions. Of which, Engweiler answered simply yes or no to. The Chairman then allowed Engweiler to speak.

Engweiler stated that he had been advised not to speak, but said he had chose to anyway. He began by addressing the Parole panel and saying, "I raped, I murdered, I sodomized Erin Reynolds, that is what I did. "It was a twisted, evil crime, there's no mitigating factors. You guys made a mistake, but you didn't commit the crime I did." Engweiler than stated that he had one more thing that he wanted to say…he said, “Erin was my friend”. How dare he say that! He has no right to say that. Erin WAS NOT his friend. Erin was someone he used to get what and where he wanted. Erin was someone he murdered. She was NOT his friend.

The Parole Board members then exited to an adjacent room, where they deliberated. A short time later they came out of the room and returned to their seats. They had made their decision.

The Board had come to a unanimous decision to impose the longest term possible of 28 years, 22 years of which he had already served. Giving him a projected release date of February 22, 2018, with an exit interview to be held in August of 2017.

We left the prison that day with heavy hearts, as having twelve years reduced from his sentence is a very hard thing to digest. However, we were very thankful to the Oregon Board of Parole and Post Prison Supervision for showing him no leniency and giving him the maximum amount of time that they were allowed.

We, again, felt like we could have a break from this continuous nightmare. That we would not have to deal with this monster again until 2017.

We were wrong.

Engweiler appealed the decision. He filed two motions with the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeals. One being Habeaus Corpus, and the other being a Rule challenge. Both of them seeking credit for good time. Being’s that he has not raped, sodomized, and murdered anyone since he has been incarcerated; he feels he is entitled to this good time credit.

On June 4th, 2013 we went to the hearing for those motions at the Supreme Court.

On December 12th, 2013, the decision from the Supreme Courts came back. Engweiler was being granted an Exit Interview sooner than 2017.

February 11th, 2014 we got the call that informed us that the Exit Interview date was scheduled for May 13th, 2014.

So, here we are at yet another heart wrenching time where we must fight. Where we must relive Erin’s murder over and over again. Where our minds take us to places that we really do not want to be. Where our minds give us visions that we really do not want to see. Where, at any time during our days, our minds close us off from whatever we may be doing and begin reeling with the horrible thoughts of what we are about to go through. Where the sleepless nights are countless. Where…it feels like we are again, back in time to February 21st, 1990. Reliving the murder of a young, beautiful, smart, charismatic, optimistic, lively, and loving 16 year old girl, who had just beat cancer and had so much living to do. Erin Tonna Reynolds. The sweetest person you could ever meet. My sister, who is the reason I am writing this letter. Because I believe in justice. I believe that Erin deserves far more than the mere 24 years that this monster has served.

Erin IS my sister. Nothing will ever change that. Conrad Engweiler stole Erin’s life, but he DID not steal the love that my entire family and I have for Erin. That is one thing that he cannot take from us. Forever we will remember and love Erin. 8

As I stated in the very beginning, I am in need of help. But, it’s just not me that needs the help. It’s my entire family, it is every single person who loves Erin, and its families just like ours, who are going through the same things that we are, that need help. We need help getting letters written to the Oregon Board of Parole in opposition of Conrad Engweilers release. Letters do not need to be long and they do not need to include your name.

Please do not feel compelled to write a letter if it is something that you do not want to do.

Writing a letter is not for me, it’s for Erin. And all the other lives that have been stolen at the hands of a cold-blooded murderers, such as Conrad Engweiler.

Engweiler has been a manipulator and liar since a very young age. This has not changed. He is still lying and manipulating. He is manipulating the system to get it to go in his favor. He searches and searches for any loophole he thinks may gain him freedom. He has spent his entire 24 years behind bars feeling sorry for himself. The last 24 years has been about HIM. Not the beautiful 16 year old that he murdered.

Below is the information on where to send a letter to the Oregon Board of Parole and Post Prison Supervision.

Please send your letter as an attachment when emailing, as each letter is printed and read by each side. You also do not have to include your full name at the end of your letter.

Oregon Board of Parole

And Post-Prison Supervision

Salem, Oregon

Inmates name: Conrad Engweiler

SID#: 8589408

Hearing Date: May 13th, 2014

Please mail or email the documents to me at the addresses listed below.

Debbie Wojciechowski, Victims' Specialist

Oregon Board of Parole and Post-Prison Supervision

2575 Center St NE, Suite 100, Salem, OR 97301-4621

Fax: 503-373-7558

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The day Engweiler killed Erin; he gave her a life sentence that was not handed down by a Judge, but by his own hands. That very same day, he handed down a life sentence to Erin’s entire family and all who love her. A life sentence that he will continue to hurt us and drag us through hell. Which he has done for 24 years now.

Thank you to each and every one of you who have read this letter. It was incredibly hard to write this, however, I feel the full story must be told. I urge you to share this letter with everyone and anyone you know, and ask them to do the same. Conrad Engweiler does NOT deserve to be released from prison. Not this year, not next year, not in 2018. He deserves to stay there for the rest of his natural life.

Please share this. The more letters the Parole Board receives in opposition of his release, the better chance we have at keeping him behind bars longer.

Letters to the Board of the Parole need to be received by the Oregon Board of Parole and Post Prison Supervision by May 6th at 5:00 PM.




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