Full probe must include officials

I knew the months ahead would have several stories in the newspaper about Jayme Biendl’s murder. Should I thank The Herald for telling the story, or be disappointed that you’re letting the real story slip by? Right now it’s both and I have questions.

Inmate Byron Scherf “had been deemed a serious risk to female employees” at the Monroe prison complex and the administration ignored this advance written warning? Wow! Certain guards used a written format to voice their concerns for their personal safety regarding Scherf, and they were ignored? Were they female and was that why they were ignored?

Lastly, your July 22 article, “State investigation finds lapses at Monroe prison,” declared that a recent report prepared by other state employees “barely mentioned” the change in Scherf’s status from “close custody to medium security.” That is a deliberate move to alter the perspective of the events that did happen to Jayme … who are they trying to protect?

You have an incarcerated violent criminal who had his status changed from “close custody” (because he is violent and needs to be watched) to medium security? How about the victims that landed Scherf in prison? How do they feel about this change and Jayme Biendl’s murder?

The truth is, prior to Jayme’s murder, the correctional facility staff warned us that cutting staff and procedures were placing their lives at risk. That created a perfect storm for an opportunistic predator to hunt in. It’s wrong to diminish or alter the controversial substance involved. Do not alter the story. Jayme Biendl deserves better!

Penny Hansen

Talk to us

More in Opinion

Randall Tharp’s month recovery coins after battling a fentanyl addiction.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Fentanyl crisis should force rethinking of approach

A continuum of care, that includes treatment in jails, is imperative, says a journalist and author.

RGB version
Editorial cartoons for Wednesday, Sept. 27

A sketchy look at the news of the day.… Continue reading

Sen. June Robinson, D-Everett, left, and Sen. Mark Mullet, D-Issaquah, right, embrace after a special session to figure out how much to punish drug possession on Tuesday, May 16, 2023, in Olympia, Wash. Without action, Washington's drug possession law will expire July 1, leaving no penalty in state law and leaving cities free to adopt a hodgepodge of local ordinances.  (Karen Ducey/The Seattle Times via AP)
Editorial: Robinson smart choice to head Senate budget panel

A 10-year legislative veteran, the Everett senator displays a mastery of legislation and negotiation.

Migrants trying to reach the United States, set up a camp in Lajas Blancas, Darien province, Panama, Saturday, Sept. 23, 2023. (AP Photo/Arnulfo Franco)
Fact check: No, migrants aren’t getting $2,200 a month from U.S.

A viral tweet by Rep. Lauren Boebert is a zombie claim that started in 2006 in Canada.

Burke: Prevent a shutdown? GOP has squirrels it must chase

House Republicans simply don’t have the time to do their job. Pushing false narratives is tough work.

PUD’s smart meters should allow for lower rates

Finally! After more than 15 years of study and evaluation, the Snohomish… Continue reading

Everett Council, Dist. 6: Chatters won’t vote no to city’s needs

Regarding the recent story about donations to Everett City Council candidate Scott… Continue reading

Harrop: Romney’s third-party plan could backfire, aid Trumpists

If he wants a sane GOP in the future, those in charge now have to lose and lose big in 2024.

Comment: Even nearing ‘peak oil,’ its decline won’t be steep

The debate over when the peak will be hit is a distraction from the need to transition from fossil fuels.

Most Read