Russell Stenger dies; one of county's most notorious killers

Mar 15, 2008 Full story: The Columbian 10

“He was one of those individuals who was capable of just about anything”

Saturday, March 15, 2008 By STEPHANIE RICE, Columbian Staff Writer Russell Francis Stenger, one of Clark County's most notorious killers, has died. via The Columbian

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Darla Lundgren

Portland, OR

#1 Jun 27, 2008
I am Dail Schroeder's sister and I was so glad to hear that Russell Francis Stenger is finally dead. It doesn't bring Dail back but now my family can know that he is burning in hell for all eternity where he belongs.
Dail's boys had to grow up without there mommy. They graduated high school and the youngest got married last November. She missed it all thanks to that son-of-a-bitch. What he did to her and her family is unforgivable and unforgetable.

Seattle, WA

#2 Jul 2, 2008

Albany, OR

#3 Nov 4, 2008
Hi Darla,
I lived next to Dail. My sister babyset your nephews while Dail worked out and ran errans. We were always at her house. All of us neighbor kids were. She was an amazing woman. I will never forget her or the last time I saw her alive. She was on the porch out back and was singing a song. I'm not sure what the title was but it goes: Nan nana nana Hey, Hey, goodbye.. She asked me if I knew were one of the neighborhood boys were because his mom was looking for him. I told her no and ran home. The next day my parents told us that she was missing. My sister and I were devastated. Then my mom picked us up from school the day they found her body and she broke the news too us. I locked myself in my closet for a week. When my mom told me, I didn't believe her. I ran out our door and up to Dail's house. I looked through the window and saw her husband crying with all the family. Right then I knew that it was true. My parents didn't let us go to her funeral due to the fact that we were devestated. I was to scared to go out and play or to walk to a friends house. I had night terrors after that. I came face to face with Dail's killer 3 months before she went missing. He went to my church and sat behind me. My parents got a creepy feeling when he sat there. Then he followed me home one day when I was leaving a friends house. Only by the grace of God did I get away. I was too scared to give the police a description of him. I knew even being as young as I was, that he was pure evil. I have lived with this everyday since then. It had me paralized with fear at night in my bed. I was able to surpress it until I became pregnant with my first child and then the nightmares started again. I called my parents and told them a description of this man to a tee and then they knew who it was. I told them that it was the man who sat behind me in the Glad Tithings Church.. At the moment they knew that it was the same man that killed Dail. I cried and felt guilty that if only I had given them the description, Dail would still be with us. Dail has always been apart of my sisters and my life. We have never forgot her. She was such a wonderful person. We were truely blessed to have her in our lives. I went to her grave about 5mon ago and learned that the devil is now burning in hell. That gives me satisfaction. I know that he has met his maker and he will never hurt another person. He is now paying for what he did to her and to Kimberly. Dail loved her boys. They last time I saw them, the baby was just walking. Their mother turely loved them. She loved her friends and family. We miss her greatly. Tenille

United States

#5 Aug 9, 2009
Hi Tenille,
Thank you so much for the response. I've been avoiding this for a while, but had to look today. I never knew any of the stuff you wrote. I am so glad she has not been forgotten. October will be 22 years since her murder. She was only 23 when she died. We miss her so much. My youngest daughter and my niece never got a chance to meet her. We were all cheated!!! I hope Stenger is burning every second of every day!!!!!
Drew Pickett

Everett, WA

#6 Jul 7, 2011
I was Mr. Stenger's step son. He destroyed so much in his time. Our family celebrated after hearing of his death too. If he was standing in front of the man I am now I'd tear him apart for our hell and yours.
Darla Lundgren

Beaverton, OR

#7 Jul 15, 2012
Thank you for sharing that Drew. You would have to get in line for the beating and flogging that would go on and on. She now has a granddaughter that will never know how much she is loved by Grandma Fuzzy. It is still so profoundly sad to think about. This October 8th will be 25 years that she has been gone. We all miss her so much and she was cheated out of raising her boys. I will never be the same.
Susan Byars

United States

#8 Jul 31, 2012
My husband and Dails husband were coworkers at Wendy's when this all happened. I remember the last time I saw Dail, it was at blue lake park at a Wendy's picnic. We talked a little and I really liked her. I was shocked when I heard what happened. I felt I should something, anything! So I made up a basket of fruit and took it to Dails husband and kids. I went to her Funeral. It was so sad. My prayers are with her family ! I will never forget her.....
Cpl Punish

United States

#9 Nov 30, 2012
Dail was my best friends next door neighbor and used to babysit my best friend and me, since I was constantly at his house, on a regular basis. I will never forget her, ever...she was such a good, kind hearted woman. What happened to her devestated me as well as my best friend so I can only imagine what her boys went through...they have always remained in my prayers. Stengers vile actions that night effected me greatly, from frequent nightmares to paranoia about simular things happening to every woman in my life. I secretly followed Stengers time in prison and vowed that if he ever did make parole, I would make sure I personally sent him to hell. Nothing made me happier to see that he is finally dead, may his entire family be cursed.
Charlene Pate

Pico Rivera, CA

#10 Feb 7, 2013
His entire family has had nothing to do with him since it happened and I am his older sister and think the death penalty should have been in place in the STATE OF WASHINGTON and it still isn't. I just found out 5yrs after the fact. Why should any of us be cursed no one ever stood behind him at anytime. No one saw him long before this happened

Beaverton, OR

#11 Apr 17, 2013
I don't know why I decided to look up this information, but started wondering what happened to the guy who persistantly asked me if I needed a ride home the night of Dail's murder. We were at youth group, my mom was late and very few people were left. He insisted that he could give me a ride home (we lived about 1 mile from each other). I had been to his house before, met his wife and kids. I considered it briefly, but got the creeps and told him no over and over and that my mom was coming to get me. Finally my mom showed up and shortly after is when he did what he did to Dail (within an hour and a half). It makes me so sick writing this even this many years later. I was so scared, sickened, sad and buried all those feelings and didn't return to the church ever. Death is too good for him and I still think of the victim and her family to this day...

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