Beck faces rape, sodomy charges
By Jolene Guzman - Polkio.com
October 4, 2011
SALEM -- Cindy Lou Beck, sentenced in Polk County
last month for her role in the August 2010 murders of Scott and
Marilyn Jondle of Dallas, is now facing additional charges in Marion
A Marion County grand jury indicted Beck, 47, on
two charges each of first-degree rape and first-degree sodomy, all
class A felonies.
The indictment, dated Sept. 22, stated the charges
involved a boy younger than 16.
Court records state the incidents continued for
years, beginning in April 2007.
Beck was taken into custody at Polk County Jail in
September 2010 in connection with the Jondle murder plot.
She was sentenced to 20 years in prison on Sept. 19
on two counts of conspiring to commit murder. According to
prosecutors, Beck pretended to channel spirits in order to convince
the Jondles' son, Andrew Jondle, 21, to kill his parents on Aug. 30,
Beck had been sent to Coffee Creek Correctional
Facility in Wilsonville following her Sept. 19 sentencing.
Man, girlfriend sentenced in Polk County farm slayings
September 19, 2011
A Polk County couple's youngest son and his girlfriend were sentenced
to prison Monday in their brutal killings a year ago.
Andrew Thomas Jondle, 21, received a life sentence with a 50-year
mininum. He pleaded guilty July 29 to two counts of aggravated murder
and one count of robbery.
Cindy Lou Beck, 47, received a 20-year term. She entered no-contest
pleas Aug. 31 to two counts of conspiracy to commit murder.
Multnomah County Circuit Judge Eric Bergstrom handed down the
sentences in separate hearings at the Polk County Courthouse.
Bergstrom had facilitated plea agreement conferences with both
defendants, Polk County District Attorney Stan Butterfield said.
Family members supported a settlement instead of a trial, Butterfield
said, although Andrew Jondle agreed to cooperate with the state and
testify against Beck.
David Scott Jondle, 61, and Marilyn Jondle, 58, were found dead Aug.
31, 2010, at their Abundant Life Farm on Gilliam Road southwest of
Two weapons were found at the scene: a scythe and a metal pipe. An
autopsy showed that Scott Jondle died of stab wounds to the head and
torso. Marilyn Jondle was killed by blunt-force trauma to the head and
Andrew Jondle and Beck hatched a plan shortly after they began dating
a month before the slayings, Butterfield said. The two hoped to
inherit the farm after the elder Jondles' death.
Butterfield said the motive was money -- to avoid being evicted from
the Salem apartment they shared and to prove to the state that Beck
could provide a proper home for her children, who had been taken into
protective custody by the state months before the killings.
The district attorney contended that Beck was using a fake form of
psychic channeling, "pretending to receive messages from animal or
tree spirits," to manipulate Andrew Jondle into committing the
murders. They were intended to look like part of a home invasion
The elder Jondles had strongly disapproved of the May-December
relationship between their son and Beck, who was 26 years older.
Woman pleads no contest for role in gruesome
killing of Polk County couple
August 31, 2011
A co-conspirator in the gruesome killing of a Polk
County couple pleaded no contest to her role in a murder plot hatched
to inherit the family farm of her boyfriend.
Cindy Lou Beck pleaded no contest to two counts of
conspiracy to commit murder and will receive a 20 year sentence, Polk
County District Attorney Stan Butterfield said Wednesday.
Andrew Jondle, 20, pleaded guilty in July to two
counts of aggravated murder in the death of his parents, David and
Marilyn Jondle, who were killed in August of 2010.
Jondle and Beck, 47, hatched a plan to rob Andrew's
parents, murder them and inherit the family farm that sits just
southwest of Dallas.
According to court documents, Andrew waited for his
dad in the family garage, where he beat him with a steel pipe and
stabbed him. When his mother saw what happened he killed her with the
DA Stan Butterfield agreed to a term of at least 50
years in prison for Jondle.
The no contest plea for Beck means she admitted the
state could prove beyond a reasonable doubt that she did conspire with
Jondle to murder each of his parents in a plan put in place shortly
after they began their relationship in July of 2010.
Jondle also pleaded guilty to first-degree
The victims' family was involved in the process and
was supportive of this resolution.
Andrew Jondle, 20, Used A Pipe And Scythe To
Murder His Parents
September 3, 2010
Dallas, OR -
Andrew Jondle set out on his scooter Monday evening with murder on his
mind – the 20-year-old was fixin’ to kill his parents, 61-year-old
David Jondle, and 58-year-old Marilyn Jondle. When David opened the
garage door to greet his son that night, Andrew repeatedly bashed him
in the head with a metal pipe before stabbing him a few times with a
scythe. Andrew’s mother heard the commotion in the garage and popped
her head out to investigate. She, too, was beaten with a pipe. Their
bodies were found the next morning by a delivery man. “I just
couldn’t imagine Andrew doing something like this,” said Nate
Rafn, a family friend. “In the limited times I saw him he wasn’t
violent at all – he didn’t seem to be angry or troubled in any way. He
just seemed to be a normal kid.” Neither drugs nor alcohol was
involved in the killings, just pure rage. Why so much rage from a
normally pleasant person? Police believe it may stem from the fact
that the Jondles didn’t approve of the relationship between their
youngest child and his much older girlfriend. That, and Andrew needed
some cash and his parents refused to give it to him. Andrew told
investigators he and his hambeast girlfriend, 46-year-old Cindy Lou
Beck, had begun hatching the plot last Saturday.
Cindy Lou assumed that if David and Marilyn were
out of the picture, Andrew would inherit Abundant Life Farm – a
210-acre plot where the Jondles have been raising poultry, pigs,
cattle and sheep since 2000. Andrew called the hambeast the night of
the murder, and said he was waiting for his parents to fall asleep.
Cindy Lou told Andrew he could come back home, or wait it out and kill
them – after all, according to Cindy Lou, they “had
to be killed at some point in time." And so they were. After
Andrew bludgeoned his parents to death, he robbed them of their credit
cards, cash and jewelry. He was hoping to scrounge up about $500 to
pay back rent on the apartment he shared with Cindy. Authorities also
believe Andrew was trying to scrape money together to help Cindy Lou
get her kids out of foster care. At this point, it is unknown exactly
why her children weren’t in her custody.
Andrew Jondle has been charged with two counts of
aggravated murder, two counts murder and two counts of burglary. He’s
being held without bail. Cindy Lou Beck has been charged with two
counts of conspiracy to commit murder and two counts of hindering
prosecution. Her bail was set at $1 million.
Authorities: Son robbed parents, then killed
them at family farm near Salem
September 1, 2010
Neighbors of the couple implicated in the deaths of
a Dallas couple say the pair started living together a few months ago
and that they picked fights with neighbors and threatened local
children, this morning’s Statesman Journal reports.
Andrew Jondle, 20, and Cindy Lou Beck, 46, are
being held this morning in the Polk County Jail in connection with the
deaths of David S. Jondle, 61, and Marilyn R. Jondle, 58.
Jondle is accused of aggravated murder. Beck, his
girlfriend, faces accusations of hindering prosecution and conspiracy
to commit aggravated murder. The pair was arrested Tuesday at their
The Jondles were found in their home at 16055
Gilliam Road early Tuesday. They owned Abundant Life Farm, about three
miles from Dallas.
Polk County Sheriff Bob Wolfe told The Oregonian
this morning that robbery is the likely motive. The younger Jondle
went to his parents’ home alone at some point after dark Monday and
“hid out on the property.” He stole credit cards and jewelry, then was
confronted by his father.
“There was a confrontation with him and his father
and then he ended up finding the mother and she was killed,” Wolfe
The elder Jondle’s body was found in the garage,
near the open garage door. His wife’s body was found in the kitchen.
Jondle then returned to his Salem apartment, where
Beck allegedly helped dispose of his bloody clothing, Wolfe said.
Wolfe would not disclose the weapon used in the
crime but said it was found at the scene. He said it was not a
Autopsies are being done on the couple today. Wolfe
said the case represent the first homicides that his office has
handled since 1999.
This morning’s Statesman Journal reports police
were called to the Jondle home by a person delivering water to the
The paper reports that the Jondles moved to the
area from California in 2000 to farm.
Thomas Forbes, a longtime neighbor of the Jondle
farm, said the couple was friendly and hard working. "We would see
them (working on the farm) every morning and every night, seven days a
week," Forbes said. He said they moved their cattle and sheep
frequently, making sure the animals didn't overgraze.
Keith Nelson, who runs Teal Creek Farms in Dallas,
said the younger Jondle, known as Drew, was a typical teen who was
helpful to his parents. He said the Jondles used to be vendors at the
Salem Public Market.
"When I knew him as a teenager he was going through
teenage stuff," Nelson said. "He was always very helpful. He would go
around and sweep the floor and help people carry out their bags. He
was a decent kid."
He said the Jondles were devout Christians and
hard-working people. "They were special," he said.
Nate Rafn, of Salem, got to know the Jondles
through a television show he produces that features mid-Willamette
Valley gardeners, farmers and artisans. He bought milk and meat from
the Jondles. He said the couple was kind and honest and clearly loved
“They were very passionate about what they were
doing,” he said. “They were living out their dream. They were doing
what they loved.”
He said Andrew Jondle was bright and cheerful
whenever he saw him. Rafn never sensed any strain between the younger
Jondle and his parents.
Neighbors of the younger Jondle and Beck said
they'd called police multiple times in the past month.
(Neighbor David) Powell said Beck and Andrew
Jondle showed up at his house asking for cigarettes about 1 a.m. or 2
"She had her hood up, and he was shaking
uncontrollably," Powell said.
Beck has felony convictions for theft in 1992
and criminal mistreatment in 2008, according to court records.
In a video posted to YouTube earlier this year, the
Jondles talked about their decision to move from California to Oregon,
and to explore careers in farming. David Jondle, who went by Scott,
was a software engineer before turning to farming for a livelihood.
His wife, Marilyn, says she was a housewife who home-schooled the
couple's three sons, all of whom are now grown. Andrew Jondle was
their youngest son.