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Chuck Rienhardt - Handwritten Letter and Envelope


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On September 4, 1995, Rienhardt, a female friend, Michael Ellis and his male contact person met at Charles Nadeau's apartment to negotiate a large drug deal. Rienhardt gave the male $1,180 cash so he could get the methamphetamine, and Ellis stayed behind as "collateral".

After several hours when the drugs did not arrive, Rienhardt and Nadeau threatened Ellis with physical injury and demanded either the money or the drugs. Early the next morning, Nadeau and Rienhardt drove Ellis in a Buick to the Reddington Pass area of Pima County, where they beat him in the face, shot him in the shoulder with a shotgun, and beat his head with heavy rocks, which resulted in blood spatters on their clothes.

Rienhardt and Nadeau then drove the Buick to a shopping center, where Nadeau tried to start a fire inside the Buick. When a patrol car drove into the area, Rienhardt and Nadeau fled in a friend's car, which resulted in a high speed chase until the friend's car was wrecked.

After officers apprehended the two, they noticed blood on their clothing. In the Buick at the shopping center, officers found a bloody towel, a shotgun, the victim's wallet, and charred newspapers. At Nadeau's apartment, officers saw blood smears near the entry of the apartment and spatters of blood leading out to the parking lot. Nadeau's friends admitted seeing blood near the entrance and on the interior of the apartment and on the chair where the victim was last seen sitting.

A jury convicted Rienhardt of one count of first degree murder, one count of kidnaping, one count of attempted transfer of a dangerous drug, and one count of attempted arson of a structure. The trial court sentenced him to death for the murder, and to prison terms for the non-capital convictions.

One page handwritten letter. Letter is general content and is signed Chuck. Original matching handwritten envelope is included.


Product Code: CRIENL151E


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