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Monsters Among Us: Randy Pool murder July 18 – 20, 1999 *Beaten, then forced into a duffel bag where he suffocated to death*

remembering the victimsFrom Salem Mathew Bernhardt’s appeal 2004: On July 18 and until July 20, Pool was bound with duct tape and repeatedly beaten.   Another acquaintance of appellant, Isaac Engstrom, testified that McCollum called him on July 19 and asked him to come to the Pool residence because he found out who had β€œsnitched” on appellant and Caldwell.   When Engstrom arrived, Ecklund, McCollum, Toby Johnson, and Pool were present.   When Scott Bernhardt, appellant’s brother, arrived, the group began to beat and question Pool again.   Pool was punched, kicked, and beaten with a closet rod.   After each questioning and beating, Pool was duct-taped to a chair and placed in a small cellar that could only be accessed through a trap door in a closet floor.   Other witnesses-including Brian Amundsen, David Oliva, Jessica Fank, Tina Artmann, and Chad Moehring-also testified to being present at the Pool residence over the three-day period and seeing Pool taped-up, beaten, or placed beneath the floor in the cellar.

On the evening of July 20, Pool was forced into a duffel bag by McCollum, and the duffel bag was zipped up.   Ecklund sprayed aerosol into the bag, and McCollum stood on Pool’s neck until his breathing could no longer be heard.   McCollum and Engstrom carried the duffel bag containing Pool’s body to a car and loaded the bag into the trunk.   Ecklund then drove McCollum and Engstrom to a train trestle over the Clearwater River.   Engstrom tied a concrete block to the duffel bag and, with McCollum’s assistance, threw the duffel bag over the edge of the train trestle into the river below.

A citizen discovered the duffel bag floating in the river on July 28, 1999.   The body had duct tape around the hands and feet, and a ligature around the neck.   Doctor Janis Amatuzio, a medical doctor and forensics pathologist, testified that Pool died approximately five to seven days prior to being found.   She also testified that the cause of death was lack of oxygen, but not by drowning, because there was no water in Pool’s lungs.   The body was not identified until August 3.

Two more charged in Pool murder case
Bernhardt granted change of venue
Last defendant in Pool murder sentenced
Artmann not guilty in Pool case
Toby Earl Johnson v State of Minnesota 2002 (conviction and sentenced affirmed)
Shawn Allen McCollum 2002 (conviction and appeal affirmed)
Salem Mathew Bernhardt v State of Minnesota 2004
State of Minnesota v Toby Earl Johnson 2014
In Re Contempt of Ecklund 2001

Movies/Documentaries
Main Street Mysteries: The Wrong Man

Defendants
Shawn Allen McCollum – pled guilty, sentenced to LWOP
Heather Lynn Ecklund – pled guilty, sentenced to 36 years in prison; conviction overturned
Isaac Leroy Engstrom – pled guilty, sentenced to 30 years in prison
Tanya Ann Caldwell – pled guilty to kidnapping, sentenced to 4 years in prison
Richard Patrick Ligenza – pled guilty to kidnapping, sentenced to 3 years in prison
Toby Earl Johnson – pled guilty, sentenced to life in prison
Mary Alice Artmann – acquitted at trial
Salem Mathew Bernhardt – convicted, sentenced to LWOP; conviction overturned
Scott Randolf Bernhardt – ?

INMATE INFORMATION

ShawnMccollum

Demographic Information**
MNDOC Offender ID: 167754
Name: Shawn Allen Mccollum
Birth Date: 05/13/1973
Current Status: Incarcerated as of 04/07/2000. Currently at MCF Oak Park Heights.
Sentence Date: 04/07/2000
Anticipated Release Date: Life without Parole
Expiration Date: Life
Caseworker: Ricardo Lopez (651) 747-8869

Current Offense Information
Highest Ranked Offense: Homicide (Liability for)
Court File Number(s): McLeod – 43K699000280

INMATE INFORMATION

IsaacEngstrom

Demographic Information**
MNDOC Offender ID: 205171
Name: Isaac Leroy Engstrom
Birth Date: 08/17/1977
Current Status: Incarcerated as of 06/14/2000. Currently at MCF Lino Lakes.
Sentence Date: 06/09/2000
Anticipated Release Date: 08/01/2019
Expiration Date: 07/30/2029
Caseworker: Keith Halseth (651) 717-6148

Current Offense Information
Highest Ranked Offense: Homicide
Court File Number(s): McLeod – 43-K899281

INMATE INFORMATION

TobyJohnson

Demographic Information**
MNDOC Offender ID: 205064
Name: Toby Earl Johnson
Birth Date: 11/14/1980
Current Status: Incarcerated as of 05/30/2000. Currently at MCF Rush City.
Sentence Date: 05/26/2000
Anticipated Release Date: Life – Contact co-records.doc@state.mn.us for release information.
Expiration Date: Life
Caseworker: Jodi Gibis 320-358-0511
Current Offense Information
Highest Ranked Offense: Homicide (Aid/Abet)
Court File Number(s): McLeod – 43KX99279

Monsters Among Us: Ming Sen Shiue beat to death 8-year-old Jason Wilkman after he witnessed the abduction of Mary Stauffer and her daughter Beth

Shiue victims

Victims
Jason Wilkman, 6 [5/16/1980]
Mary Stauffer, [5/16/1980]
Beth Stauffer, 8 [5/16/1980]

Stalking Mary
Search for young boy
Kidnapping laid to bad grade 15 years ago
Murder defendant stabs witness in court (part 1)
How defendant smuggled knife in court leaves officials baffled (part 2)
Defendant cuts witness as she testified at trial
Man accused of holding teacher for 7 weeks
Judge: No freedom for Shiue
Court denies appeal by Anoka County killer, rapist
Murderpedia: Ming Sen Shiue
Wikipedia: Ming Sen Shiue

Books
Stalking Mary

Movies/Documentaries
Your Worst Nightmare: High School Revenge
20/20: Mind Games

INMATE INFORMATION

Ming Sen Shiue

MING SEN SHIUE
Register Number: 00499-041
Age: 65
Race: Asian
Sex: Male
Located at: Marion USP
Release Date: LIFE

Psycho For Love: Gary Howard Tomassoni shot & killed his wife, Helen; Sentenced to LWOP

dv awareness

Helen Tomassoni
Helen Tomassoni

Helen R. Tomassoni obituary
Find-A-Grave: Helen R. Tomassoni
Centennial woman killed
Husband arrested in Blaine killing
Ex-Chisholm man held in death
Man suspected in wife’s death may have been desperate about gambling debt, complaint says
Husband charged with murder
Blaine man’s trial begins in wife’s slaying
Troubled husband convicted of murdering wife
Man gets life for his wife’s murder
State of Minnesota v Gary H. Tomassoni 2010
Nightmare on a Blaine street

Movies/Documentaries
Fatal Vows: Murder in the Cards

INMATE INFORMATION

GaryTomassoni

Demographic Information**
MnDOC Offender ID: 226989
Name: Gary Howard Tomassoni
Birth Date: 05/17/1960
Current Status: Incarcerated as of 08/07/2008. Currently at MCF Oak Park Heights
Sentence Date: 08/04/2008
Anticipated Release Date: Life without Parole
Expiration Date: Life
Case Worker: Theresa Wohlhaefer (651) 779-1400
Current Offense Information
Highest Ranked Offense: Homicide
Court File Number(s): Anoka – CR-07-6517
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Murder In The Family: Michael Gallagher charged with killing his mother, Patricia Ann Gallagher, because of…bedbugs

dv awareness

Charges: Man Killed Mother In Minneapolis Apartment Over Bedbugs
Michael Gallagher Beat Mother To Death With Statue Sculpture Of Himself
Charges: Son, upset about bedbugs, killed mother
Minnesota Man Charged With Killing Mom, 89, Over Bedbug Infestation
Man murders mother with statue of himself over bed bugs
Man kills mom, 89, because of bedbugs, police say

Michael Gallagher
Michael Gallagher

Monsters Among Us: Reinol Vergara and Edson Benitez charged with robbing and killing 90-year-old Earl Olander

Earl Olander
Earl Arthur Olander

Earl A. Olander obituary
Obituary Earl A. Olander
90-year-old man found dead, with hands bound, in San Francisco Township
Carver County Pursuing Leads in Murder of 90-Year-Old Man
Mysterious death of 90-year-old Earl Olander ruled a homicide
Sheriff: more than one killer in 90-year-old’s murder
Suspects named in Olander murder
2 Men Charged With Murder In Rural Carver County Man’s Death
2 arrested in murder of 90-year-old farmer

Vergara and Benitez
Reinol Vergara
Edson Benitez

Monsters Among Us: Roger Caldwell killed Elisabeth Congdon and her nurse, Velma Pietila; He was sentenced to 20 years in prison, his wife, Marjorie Congdon, was acquitted at trial

dv awareness

Elisabeth Mannering Congdon

Victims
Elisabeth Congdon
Velma Pietila (no picture)

Find-A-Grave: Elisabeth Mannering Congdon
Granddaughter honors Congdon heiress with memoir
Suspect Arrested In Millionaire’s Murder
‘Struggling Rancher’ Held In Killing Of Duluth Heiress
Minnesota Man Guilty In Slaying Of In-Law, Nurse
Caldwell convicted of murder
Roger Caldwell; Murder Figure in 1977 : Suicide Notes Claimed Innocence, Blamed Problems on Notoriety
Wikipedia: Elisabeth Congdon
Wikipedia: Glensheen Historic Estate
Twists, turns never end for Congdon murder case figure
Minnesota’s Most Infamous Heiress: The Newest Chapter

Books
Nightingale: A Memoir of Murder, Madness, and the Messenger of Spring
Glensheen’s Daughter: The Marjorie Congdon Story

Movies/Documentaries
Mansions & Murder: Goodnight Nurse
Evil Stepmothers: Death Becomes Her

Marjorie and Roger Caldwell
Marjorie Congdon Caldwell
Roger Caldwell

Murder-Suicide: Paul Crawford killed the Schloegl Family and then himself in a dispute over property lines

Sauk Centre home

Victims
Warren Schloegl, 41
Marcella Schloegl, 39
Jodi Schloegl, 12
Eric Schloegl, 11

Find-A-Grave: Warren Leo Schloegl
Find-A-Grave: Marcella Esther Theisen Schloegl
Find-A-Grave: Jody Schloegl
Find-A-Grave: Eric Schloegl
Man kills family over land dispute
Man kills 4 neighbors, self
Man kills 4 neighbors, himself, over land feud

Movies/Documentaries
Fear Thy Neighbor: Lake of Madness

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