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MONROE, Wash. – Last year we reported on the heinous murder of Jayme Biendl, the 34-year-old prison guard at the Monroe Correctional Complex, who was murdered in the prison chapel by inmate Byron Scherf. His videotaped confession has been made public, one in which he explains why and how he killed Biendl.

Scherf was serving a life sentence for rape and assault when he was noticed missing during a head count last year. He was eventually found sitting in the prison’s chapel where he often volunteered, suffering from scratches and bite marks to his arms and hands.

He explained he had been attacked by a pack of Mexicans and had fallen asleep in the chapel. It was an hour later, while Scherf was being questioned in the shift lieutenant’s office, that Biendl’s body would be discovered inside the chapel. She had been strangled to death with an amplifier cord.

Scherf would be charged with Beindl’s murder and the prison would suffer some fallout in regards to Biendl’s fellow employees trying to cover their incompetence, and even some changes that improved worker safety. But on Tuesday, during a pre-trial hearing for Scherf’s death penalty case, the public got to hear the man himself as he confessed to killing Biendl as well as why he did it and how.

On the night of her murder, Scherf said Biendl made comments he felt were disrespectful toward his wife.

“It triggered a response in me that I don’t know,” Scherf said. “… It was like all these offenses that I had been stuffing for years and years and years just started running, and the more that ran through my mind, the madder I got.” Scherf said in the video interview.

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He then goes on to describe the attack, one that he says was not sexual in nature or he would’ve sexually assaulted her before he killed her.

“I got down on this knee and we stood back up and tussled a little more. Then I just body-slammed her. I was on top of her on this side, using my arm to try to choke her and it wasn’t working. There was an instrument cable laying there, so I grabbed it and wrapped it around her head.”

In another interview Scherf is asked why he was speaking with police, to which he tearfully replied that, “he’d done a lot of soul searching.”

“She didn’t deserve to die. She didn’t deserve that,” he said.

His defense is arguing his time in solitary had messed with his head, and that he was confessing only so he could get better living conditions while in prison. But Scherf denies this in one of his interviews, stating that he was confessing on his own free will and against the advice of his lawyers.

“I wanna be here. I chose to be here,” Scherf said on the tape. “Like I said, I think in the interest of this family that’s lost their loved one and everything considered that it’s just, this thing just needs to be dealt with quickly.”



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  • JohnQknowitall

    Solitary confinement can do awful things to a persons brain… even if self imposed. I think he is guilty as hell, but the confession should be thrown out.

  • Califboy

    He should be dragged out back and shot on the spot, period.
    She was a beautiful gal, sorry for her family and their loss.

  • reapre

    If he voluntarily gave, and stands by, his account of events, why should his confession be thrown out?

  • reapre

    Why was the female prison guard left ALONE with a rapist with assault charges who’s serving life in prison, anyway?

  •  WHAT ???

  •  Exactly.

  • Califboy

     So can raping some one, this guy should have been put down on the first conviction.

  • Califboy

    Been a while , hope all is well with you Ced.

  • OutOfBubbleGum

    Califboy – can’t we amputate one of his arms instead?  This keeps the prolife happy and he becomes less of a threat.  He can still feed himself but can’t h(arm) anyone one.  Of course, we could take a leg, too.  Then, he can’t run and we could treat him like a piñata.

  • megaflytron

    Okay this is sad and all that…

    but this prisoner actually got away with body slamming a guard in the prison chapel??

    Not to mention those damn sneaktastic packs of mexicans, just scratching people up…It sounds like a new John Waters film scenario

  • JGo555

    People, LET YOUR MOTHERFUCKING ANGER GO. There are worse things that could be done to you.

    Just. Fucking. Let. It. Go.

  • Poor baby, he was in solitary and it messed with his head.  I am sure he has an excuse for why he committed the rape and assault as well.  I don’t care about his problems, we all have problems.  He is obviously a human piece of waste that does not deserve to have any liberties.

  • I’m sure he isn’t admitting to attempted because it can’t be proved and he has a wife. Him saying he killed this woman because she disrespected his wife I’m certain is away to keep her from running to hills, Like “it was for your honor baby”. I honestly have no doubt in my mind that this isn’t what happened at all mostly cause he’s a rapist scum bag in the first place.

    Though the blame can mostly be put on the prison for this whole situation in the first place. No way she should have been with in arms distance of this guy alone.

  • Califboy

     I think we should part these animals out to good descent people who are in need of a organ to live.

  • Califboy


  • Edward Richtofen

     Grab hold and never let go! Let nothing slide! YEAH!

    What the fuck is JG0555 talking about?

  • Edward Richtofen

    Thanks for the confession and back to solitare you go.

  • JohnQknowitall

    If he were in solitary confinement for a period of time before confession, it could be construed as mental coercion. I am not lawyer, but it sounds like an argument that could work and one that he lawyers are trying to use.

  • I speak fluent JGo555 and I believe that she was telling the inmate who was mad about getting attacked by Mexicans to not hold on to his anger. To just take a deep breath, drink some tea and chill. Not take out his anger on that woman.

  • Heather_Habilatory

    Wow. I actuallllyyy kind of believe him.

    Maybe I need a nap!

  • Califboy

     Yep, you look a little tired.

  • JohnQknowitall

    Did I miss the rape thing after he said he didn’t rape her?

  • whisperswing

    heres the video of his confession

    In video, inmate Scherf confesses to killing prison guard Jayme Biendl
    Interrogation played in court; inmate describes why and how he attacked

  • reapre

    I see your point, I’ve re-read the article and it only refers to solitary confinement once, and how his lawyers say he confessed to get out of it.  IE The 8th Amendment argument (on the cruelty of the punishment of solitary).

    I disagree.  I’d have no problems if he were treated the same as Thomas Silverstein, who spent 27 years in solitary.

    Choking someone until they die while they’re scratching, clawing, fighting, and biting you, is cruelty for no reason.  Choosing to go “easy” on him, is even more cruelty towards his victims.  Sitting in a comfortably zoned temperatured room, for life, with a bed, 3 square meals, TV, medical attention, letters to and from mommy and his kids (if he has any)..etc, is NOT cruel in ANYWAY, in my opinion.  He voluntarily put himself there.

  • kimbev69

    If i am not mistaken she had complained of this exact thing, being left alone with inmates and it was assumed that she was left alone instead of with a partner purposely thats the reason for the cover up

  • kimbev69

    I am thinking he was left there purposely to teach her a lesson from her co workers she complained were leaving her alone in dangerous situations

  • Lena60

    I think he is lying.Why the hell would this prison guard seeing she was left alone with this inmate, get the idea to insult this guys wife? It does not make sense.

  • I am sorry. Regardless of what this man has to say for himself, personally I have no forgiveness in my heart for him. I imagine that it must have been a particularly horrific death for this poor lady….at the hands of an insane convict with nothing to lose but his immortal soul. It seems that was already gone too. Story makes me feel yuck.

  • JGo555

    This dude was angry. He is so angry that any stupid comment let him get angry & then instead of letting shit slide off you like water when you’re clean it made him rehash it & made him boil over to the point where we are to assume “he saw RED” & killed her, because she probably said his wife was stupid to stay with a rapist or some shit like that…

    Get mad, then take 5 more minutes & then LET IT GO.

  • JGo555

    See above.

  • JohnQknowitall

    I see your point, but point is that he hasn’t been convicted.

    I think he is an absolute low life, but fuck him over and any of us innocent people could get the same railroading.

  • DamagedGoods

    I err… thought you were talking about rape victims at first *wipes forehead melodramatically*

  • CapeTownGirl

    The reason he was serving a life sentence was for rape and assault of another victim.

  • CapeTownGirl

    How do you compare “us innocent people” being railroaded by the justice system to someone already serving a life sentence for rape/assault and who has admitted his guilt repeatedly on several occasions?

    I think your need to play Devils Advocate has gone a bit too far on this one.

  • JohnQknowitall

    Line items. Line items. And I am not playing the devils advocate.

  • JohnQknowitall

    Ah different crime that he has already been tried for, and you believe that his next conviction should be based on past crimes?

  • AssWho?

    Im disappointed too.

  • AssWho?

    I like how every one is saying that he deserves to go crazy, I really don’t care, my  point is once he is CRAZY as bat shit, regardless of if he deserved it or not .  Who gets to deal with him now, You? wanna join the ranks of DOC. If it was what he deserved the sentence would be dealt by the victims family’s, not the courts. 

  • Califboy

    if he was put down for the previous crime, we all would not be having this conversation, and yes he is guilty again, save time money and resources, out back with a bullet.

  • megaflytron

    I thought this was some type of cyber “tapping out” due to the extreme awesomeness of the wrestling moves.

    Thank you for translating.

  • Reen B

     I wondered about that too. Maybe something derogatory about the wife’s religion that he took to be about her personally?

    And why did she have no gun – or at least, fail to use it?

  • JohnQknowitall

    His penalty was prescribed legally for the first offense. Good or bad, the second offense is an independent offense.

    Changing the Constitution is the way to get your wish to become true.

  • JGo555


  •  Prison guards don’t carry firearms. Think about how much sense that would make. Then you’d have a crazy inmate with a firearm. Only tower guards are armed with shotguns, away from inmates, behind the fence.

  • sherrdbw


  • It is not your place to forgive him.  That is up to the family of Jayme Biendl and God.

  • lol you think?

  •  Maybe he is non sexual and the wife comment was just a story, maybe the murder was more of a (sexual) ‘equipment check” and was so ashamed at not getting a woody he killed her. He just didnt want the pre-meditation to hurt him, I mean I’m sure he’s had plenty of time to think it through before the fact….

  • A judge has sentenced convicted rapist and murderer Byron Scherf to death after a jury ruled him eligible Wednesday morning.

    Scherf admitted to strangling corrections officer Jayme Biendl in the Chapel of the Monroe Correctional Complex in January 2011.

    “I’ve been waiting 137 days exactly to hear those words that he’s got the death penalty,” Biendl’s sister, Lisa Hamm, told reporters outside the Everett courtroom. “I’m going to continue to count until he’s finally dead.”

    “It’s been terrible, you can’t sleep, you got nightmares,” said Biendl’s father, James Hamm. “It’s over with and I’m glad.”


  • priscilla

    He had a problem with women way before the solitary confinement. His own family warned that he should not be put on work detail with women or supervised by women.