Washington inmate charged with strangling a corrections officer barraged state officials for decades with letters complaining about the conditions of his confinement and at least once suggested that he might hurt someone if he didn't get sex-offender treatment.
Convicted rapist Byron Scherf is accused of killing 34-year-old guard Jayme Biendl in a chapel at the Monroe Correctional Complex in January. The Herald of Everett reports that newly released records show that Scherf has been a prolific jailhouse letter writer.
He griped about limited opportunities for exercise, restrictions on the number of books allowed in his cell and the quality of prison-approved earplugs.
He also repeatedly asked for sex-offender treatment and said he couldn't control his compulsions. The corrections department refused; such treatment is reserved for inmates who are expected to be released back into society.